Skiing is not an activity I envisioned seeing myself doing a year ago. I went on a day trip to Ski Wentworth in Nova Scotia, which is about 1 hour 30 minutes away from Halifax. I had a faint idea of what skiing was about, but I did not put too much thought on what to expect.
On arriving, Ski Wentworth, I was blown away by the view. Pictures do not justice on how beautiful the place is – the chair lifts, kids skiing, the effortless stunts mid-air. I was blown away watching people perform different tricks and stunts while snowboarding and skiing.
Since it was my first time, it made perfect sense to rent the gears and equipment (p.s -the gears are really heavy). If you are like me who have intentions on skiing but you don’t know what to expect. Here are 7 things you need to know on your first ski trip:
Choosing between snowboarding and skiing
If you have the chance on what to choose between snowboarding and skiing, choose skiing except you have experience in skateboarding. Trying to decide between snowboarding and skiing was difficult because I had no prior experience in any and I had only seen it on TV. Yes, I tried google and it did not help. Skiing is easier and quicker to learn compared to snowboarding.
Go with the right skiing wears
Do not wear jeans or cotton-like material, you will fall so many times which will leave your clothes wet. I do not think of how bad or the number of times I was going to fall that could leave my clothes wet. Waterproof gloves are a must. When you keep falling and you cannot stop, you end up using your hands to support yourself and touching the snow, Oh no! Doing that every single time you fall can leave you with Frostbite!
Take a lesson
I am so glad I got to take skiing lessons. It was definitely the highlight of the trip. Shout to Mary and Mark. I started the lesson with the attitude of “please can I start sliding down the hill, it cannot be hard”. I was in for a surprise as the hardest thing with skiing is finding your balance and controlling when to stop.
“Make a slice of pizza”, that is what you keep hearing so you can bring yourself to a complete halt.
Prepare for the weather
I went on a day that was relatively one of the warmest days in the last five months of winter. It was so warm to the point my instructor flung her jacket on the floor. I came prepared in layers of clothes – thermal wear, clothes, scarf and jacket. As the day progressed to the late evenings it began to get really chilly.
Ski within your limit
After taking the lesson for over 1 hour 30 minutes, I was confident enough to ski by myself. My friend kept pushing we go to the pro terrain to ski. I kept saying there is no way I am doing that. Call me a chicken but I prefer not to fall from the top to the bottom of the hill with my hands in the snow. Another friend of ours who eventually pushed his limit regretted it as he just had to take the ‘L’ by falling as it was better than trying to ski on the pro terrain.
Pack as light as possible
I spent over 20 minutes looking for where to put my bag. People who ski almost all season long, have lockers with locks on it. I went round a million times trying to find a spot and I never did. People have permanent lockers. If you are not a regular skier, just don’t go with too many items except you have a car.
Pack your lunch
The worst part of my experience was the food. After skiing for hours and burning so much energy, all you need afterwards is a good meal. The food was really basic and far from average. Luckily, I packed something light to snack on but I still ended up purchasing a hot dog and it was definitely not worth it.
I finally have a winter sport that I am quite good at. Do as I have done, GIve up control and let yourself live.