This week I have spent skiing in Whistler 🙂
It’s been a great week, but I am now glad I have finished skiing. 3.5 days is enough for me in one burst!
I rented skis, boots, helmet and poles from Whistler Blackcomb and they let you get them sorted the night before, which makes it so much easier to get started the next day.
I booked 3 full days of lessons as I hadn’t been skiing for 4 years and also wanted to get to know the mountain with a guide. I booked intermediate lessons as I looked at the levels and decided this would be best for me. It repeats a lot of where I was at 4 years ago, but it also progresses further on too. This year Whistler started Max4 lessons which means there is a maximum of 4 people to an instructor, which is a great number. I was lucky as on 2 days there were only 3 in my group.
The first day was great. I remembered a lot more than I thought I would and it felt more natural that I expected it to as well! I was very happy, although a little nervous on the slopes. The instructor even took us on a black run – part of the one used in the 2010 Olympics- in the afternoon! It started out cloudy, but cleared up the afternoon.
The second day of my skiing was so cold, I thought I was going to have to go down after the fist run as I wasn’t sure I was going to warm up. It was about minus 24 degrees, but the wind chill made it feel even colder. I was so glad I bought new thermals and goggles!
The third day was amazing! The sky was clear all day and the temperature had risen. It was so nice as you could see for miles around. The lesson was really good. I really felt like I progressed from the days before, we did a lot of semi off piste powder runs, which was totally new for me. We also did a few more black runs. I was okay following the instructor down, but I would not want to do them on my own just yet.mi think I just need more practice to get my confidence up. I need to ski more!
My last day I didn’t have a lesson, so I took it easy. I did not rush to the mountain as I had no set time I needed to be there by. I did a few of the green runs to warm up. It was snowing quite a bit and the wind started to pick up towards lunchtime. I then made my way up to the peak to follow a route we did the day before. However when I got up the chairlift I decided the visibility wasn’t good and so took the easier route down, which I really enjoyed. I decided to the gondola back down to the village in the early afternoon as I was getting tired and wanted to leave it at a point where I had enjoyed the whole time skiing 🙂
I love skiing and wish I could do it more often. It’s annoying it is so expensive and there is no where close to home I can go for short trips. I want to do more, but I’m happy with the level I am at. I don’t really want to always be doing harder and harder runs, but I would like to be able to tackle anything. I think I could do that now, but I would be very nervous. I’m going to look at booking a short trip for next year to the Alps 🙂