This January I wentskiingfor the first time. Yes, you read that correctly, I just learned how to ski. Better late than never though, right?! I flew to Reno and my boyfriend picked me up at the airport and we drove to Squaw Valley in Tahoe. I was really nervous not just because my first timeskiingwas going to be on a huge mountain, but also because Kevin's co-workers we were going with are experiencedskiersand snowboarders.
Long story short, I ended up having a blast. I took lessons for the first three hours which was a really good idea. I have tried snowboarding (kind of) one time in my life, and it was a disaster. I went on a large hill in my hometown, Mt. Brighton, with some friends who knew how to board, and although I started off on the bunny hill, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I ate it getting off of the chairlift which didn't help my self confidence, and then every time I started picking up speed I got nervous
and panicked. So basically, I slide on my butt down the hill and spent the rest of the afternoon in the lodge until my friends were done. What's worse is that I was still in high school so I wasn't even able to at least drink in the lodge to pass the time.
Anyway, my three hour lesson went well. I had a great instructor and went quickly from beginner to intermediate. After my lesson was over I even skied on my own for two more hours.Skiingis addicting! Each time I went down the mountain I felt more and more confident. I didn't wipe out many times either which definitely helped. The view on top of the mountain was pretty awesome too. I could see Lake Tahoe from the top of the highest slope I skied down.
I now understand why people loveskiingand snowboarding so much. It feels like a special club and I finally just got an invite. Spending the day on the slopes and then coming to the lodge for lunch makes food taste much better than it actually is. Additionally, nothing tastes better than a cold beer after skiing all day. Exercise, socializing, and drinking? Sounds like the perfect combination to me. Skiing in Squaw was a blast and I'm really looking forward to goingskiingagain sometime soon.