Schweitzer Mountain – Sandpoint, Idaho
2019 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
2018 went out with a bang (and a bump, and a faceplant) on the ski slopes of Schweitzer Mountain in Sandpoint, Idaho!
Learning to ski happens to be #2 on my Bucket List. After a day of “skiing”, it is still #2 on my Bucket List. I have not been on skis since I was a Freshman in high school – and even then, I spent more time laying in the snow than I did upright on skis. Yesterday was a vivid reminder of my one time on skis in high school. Obviously, the ability to ski does not just happen with age. It was still a really fun way to end 2018 none the less!
Long story short, I started on the Bunny Hill, alongside “Musical Chairs”. When I first pushed off, I thought I might have had it! I started out okay, and quickly went downhill (literally) from there. I picked up speed (all of the signs and cones read “slow”), and could not make myself stop properly. So I threw myself in the snow. After several “falls”, I demoted myself to the “Magic Carpet”. The Magic Carpet is basically a flat area with a treadmill type return (instead of chairs). This is also where I was a little jealous of all of the four year old kids zipping past me as they slid to a stop. They really need to make those little harnesses for adults!
I spent the remainder of my time on Magic Carpet, and just could not get the hang of turning or stopping. On the rare occasion that I did cover any distance upright, it was so much fun!
I do not feel like I actually accomplished crossing “Learn to ski” off of my Bucket List, so for now, it is still #2. I obviously am going to need to take actual lessons.
But, the day was incredibly fun, the mountain was beautiful (as well as one of their busiest days), and I am so glad I went. It was well worth the immense soreness my whole body is feeling today! With practice, maybe I can send 2019 out as a Master of the Bunny Slope! For today though, I think I will bring the year in on snow shoes – something a little more stable 🙂
From myself and Scout, we wish you all a very Happy New Year. May your year be filled with fun and adventure!!
I’m proud of you for trying as hard as you did and staying positive the whole time! Skiing is NOT easy to learn as an adult, but you made a lot of progress. I think lessons from someone that isn’t me will be a big help! 🙂
You did a great job trying to show me what to do! I was impressed you didn’t give up on me! I think with lessons and practice, I can do it 🙂