Whitetail opened on Dec. 30. We were there Dec. 31-Jan. 2, and as luck would have it, so were a few of the ski patrol’s ski-and-toboggan instructors. So after months of waiting and weeks of obsessing about the stubbornly warm weather, I actually started the remainder of my ski patrol training, which I will finally finish this winter after an ACL tear derailed my training last winter.
There weren’t many runs open, so I basically spent three days doing various drills—such as skiing on one leg to force myself to stop sitting back during my turns—on the slope pictured above. Much like running, it’s actually easier to practice good form when you’re going faster. So despite the fact that only beginner terrain was open, I left Whitetail feeling happily exhausted and sore—and ready to get into the meat of the training next weekend.
How did you spend your New Year’s Eve?
5 responses to “(Mostly) Wordless Wednesday: The opening-day edition”
That looks cool. But not as cool as swimming 5×2012 meters on NYE.
(OK maybe it’s cooler. I’m undecided)
you just dragged back a memory of being about 8 years old and being forced to ski on one leg. so thanks for that! it makes me SO happy to hear that you are out on the slopes, friend!
Nothing better than how your legs feel after the first ski day of the season!
Hooray for skiing! Makes me smile to know you are out on the white stuff, even if there’s not much (YET).
Nice picture. Makes the slope dramatic. Miserable winter for skiing, so far. I am going for the 1st time this weekend, 1/7.