It’s now officially spring, but many parts of the U.S. still definitely feel like winter! And I’m actually totally okay with that! Growing up, I went skiing every winter with my friends after school. We had an after school ski club that most of us attended throughout the winter each year. My parents skied, my grandparents skied, so it was only natural that I learned when I was young, too. It has truly always been one of my favorite pastimes! Living in Florida for the past few years, though, skiing is hard to come by. That’s why I was so excited to set aside a weekend recently to head out to the mountains to partake in some snowy fun!
It has been years since I’ve worn my ski boots and, at first, getting them on was a but difficult. The plastic sections on the front had kind of warped out of shape, so locking the bindings on them was almost impossible (it took two people to finally get them on my feet). They were a little stiff at first, but walking around and skiing downhill on them all day loosened them up a bit and brought them “back to life.” If you’ve never skied, just know that there is nothing worse than uncomfortable ski boots.
I started off on the smaller slopes to warm up, genuinely surprised how quickly it all “came back” to me since it had literally been years since my last downhill run. After I was sure I could once again handle myself on long planks stuck to my feet, I headed to the more difficult slopes. The conditions were pretty nice, but the temperature was positively freezing. I ended up going inside a couple times to warm up, but even hot chocolate couldn’t completely shake the cold from my bones. I wanted to get the most out of my day on the slopes, though, so it wasn’t long before I geared back up and headed up the mountain again.
Once the sun set, the temperature really, really turned cold. Tired and hungry, I decided to turn in to the lodge. It was a wonderful day and lots of fun!! Skiing will always be one of my favorite winter activities!