I wasn’t sure if I would ever get back on the slopes after my last skiing attempt. But, I just can’t stomach the thought of living in Switzerland and not learning to ski. So, two friends and I rented boots & skis before Christmas in preparation for another attempt. We also bought magnetic, anti-theft ski racks for the roof of the car, so we could go on our own – not just with the Nestlé Ski Club.
The snow levels in Switzerland are quite low this year, so we couldn’t go to the closest resort. We drove almost an hour to Les Diablerets. I’ve been in this region to go sledding on their 7km long sled run and to ride the Glacier 3000 alpine coaster, but not to ski. Three others were with me, and since we’re all beginners, we opted to share a private lesson for the day. Our instructors name was Timo, and he was a HUGE improvement compared to last year!
While our ski boots posed a problem for two of us, we survived a day on the slopes with no broken bones! I didn’t fall, which is always my personal goal, and while I’m SUPER slow for fear of speeding out of control down the hill, I’m much more in control.
The sun came out after a couple of hours, and it was a beautiful day in the mountains!
I’m still amazed that it’s possible to eat outside in the dead of winter. And who needs sunglasses when you have goggles?!
In case you weren’t aware, this is the best way to deal with painful ski boots:
We discussed on the way down the mountain how much effort it takes to ski – time, money, physical exertion. I’m not sure any of us are convinced we will become ski enthusiasts, but we’re at least going to give it a try!