Here’s the proof that I’ve tried cross country skiing. I say tried, because I don’t feel successful at it yet – I need lots more practice. And here are a few things I have discovered through my ski attempts:
1. I must carry kleenex with me at all times, and have it within easy reach. Because as soon as I’m in motion and cold air hits my face, my nose starts running. Very annoying.
2. The balance segments of my exercise classes at the gym do not help me to balance myself when skiing, apparently. Actually I’m OK while in motion. It’s when I stop that I lose my balance and fall over.
3. My new ski pants are warm and windproof, but unfortunately not waterproof. Which is something I discovered during the many times I felt the snow under my backside.
4. An hour or so of skiing is one of the best workouts I can have. When I skied last week, I was so exhausted that night that I went to bed at 8:00.
5. It is possible to wear too many layers. It’s tricky figuring out what to wear in this climate. It all depends on what you’ll be doing that day, if you’ll be outdoors or not, and if you’re outdoors, how long you’ll be out there. In 25-degree weather, when skiing, only one layer is necessary. I wore two layers under my jacket and was sweating bullets.
6. I am not an outdoorsy person in the least. In fact, one of the things I love about living in Alaska is curling up with a blanket, a cup of hot tea and a book, in the warm comfort of my home. And looking at the beautiful snow through the window. But I love to ski, and with all of the snow we (usually) have, and with a few friends who can go with me, I’ve no excuse not to take advantage of the opportunity to ski. Plus, it’s free if you have your own skis.
7. I’m determined to improve my skills – to actually ski for an hour without falling – and to enjoy the new friendships that I’m forming with my fellow beginner skiers. Bruises notwithstanding.