coasterbill wrote:Okay, time to bump this.
We've sort of made it our mission this year to learn to ski, and while it's a process we're slowly improving. We're not quite parallel yet but we're definitely improving steadily. This is not an easy sport to learn by any stretch, but we're absolutely loving every minute of it.
This season was looking like a bust weather-wise, with our home mountain (Hunter) fighting to stay open with a pretty impressive amount of March snowmaking but this noreaster should be a real shot in the arm for northeastern Ski areas. Anyone planning on heading out there and taking advantage of this massive storm?
Aaah Hunter Mountain.
One of my first experiences skiing. But I skied there around the time that Hunter Mt., NY was the "snow-version" of the infamous 'death-by-water' Action Park, NJ! Hunter was a playground for huge tour groups of skiers who'd snap into bindings for the very first time in their lives
- and head immediately for the steepest Double Diamonds
. (K-2, a winding treacherous trail of sheer ice was their fave first entry into the sport!) And, then there was 'Belt Parkway,' - a fairly narrow intermediate run, the only main drag down to the lodge at day's end. 'Dodge-ems' on skis. Survivors buy the first round!
CoasterBill, I sure hope Hunter has gotten their act together these days. It should be a really great home mountain, and the few times I was able to ski it on an uncrowded weekday, I genuinely enjoyed it.
Applause to you for working on honing your skills; the learning curve is, thank goodness, a lot less painful today with the great structural changes in equipment. (I learned to ski on the much loooonger skis and there were zilch short cuts to becoming a parallel skier - those long suckers did NOT 'swish around' like the short, curved skis do, today. I know I'm dating myself, but in 'those days,' you went from snowplows to stem christies, to christies to parallel (and, gasp, wedeln) - and lots of lessons were a must to becoming proficient.)
Continue to enjoy the learning process - am so glad that you're loving it. For those of us with an Addiction to Adrenaline, (yes, all you TPR coaster fans!), skiing/boarding is one AMAZING and exhilarating sport. I've now skied around the country and Europe, and there is so much fun ahead of you the more techniques you master. I NEVER stop learning - always something new to conquer! (Would someday love to tackle boarding. My first and solo experience was under the guidance of a real bummer of an instructor. I can still hear her evil chuckles as I slid down the slope face first, breaking my prescription ski goggles! I always swore I'd try again - and heck maybe I will.
I suspect that there is a large correlation of Coaster lovers to those who share a passion for Downhill Schussing?!?! An adrenaline rush 12 months a year -what could be bad!?