Beginning ski lessons

Winter is here. That means it’s time to get out our skis. This year we have a bit more spare time so decided to sign up for beginning ski lessons on Thursday evenings. Richard and Karen are in the Junior Nordics program and I am part of the adults.

It’s crazy at the start of the evening. Basically everyone converges on Birch Hill cross country ski center at 615pm. There’s over 100 kids and at least 25 adults, not counting the coaches. We click on our skis and find our groups for warmup. Karen is usually nervous because she doesn’t handle large groups well. Richard just heads off, making me nervous!

The kids have drills, ski practice, then play a group game. Their groups are by age so Karen and Richard aren’t together. At the end of the hour, I find them near the ski rack, tired but happy.

I’m in the beginning adult classic group. There are 8 students and 1 coach. So far, I’m intimidated by going down hills, but getting better. Last week was the first tine in 5 tries I haven’t fallen going downhill! Most of my problem is mental, not physical. If I’d just relax, it would be a lot better. It’s rather pathetic because the hills we’re doing aren’t very steep (yet). I think we are going to do a different hill trail next week.

Last week apparently Richard had a little adventure. He took the wrong fork on a trail so wound up on the Competition Loop. One of the assistants came to get him. He’s doing real good. They were supposed to go on a loop called Roller Coasters, but did drills instead so will probably do it next week. It’s a popular trail for the tweens and teens.

There are no lessons this week because Thursday is Thanksgiving. The kids want to go skiing anyway. I’m not sure if Birch Hill will be open or if we will got the university trails. However, the temperature is falling, so it may be too cold. Right now it is -15F in town and -5F at our house.