Well since I am hoping for warmer weather I should get my snow post done. This winter I had the opportunity to spend in total a week on the snowy mountains of Pennsylvania skiing. Let me first say I have not been skiing in years so it was very interesting to be back out on the slopes.
The first trip I spent with my family and the second was a weekend trip with my older sister. Both trips however were memorable and still make me laugh. But lets start with the first trip.
It was late February when we went and was supposed to be a trip spent with my brother before his deployment but unfortunately he could not make it. However, the trip was a successful one I must say. I maybe fell twice and trust me they were rather embarrassing falls at the end of the slope when it should not even be possible for one to fall but alas…..I did.
I spent most of the trip with my sister which was more than I could have ever asked for. We spent the a night out at the resort pub and actually managed to get a Snow Cat ride from one of the workers which I must say was rather awesome. He eventually even drove us back up to the condo we were staying at on the top of the mountain.
The whole trip was smooth sailing with me doing pretty well, okay maybe decent on the slopes until the very last day skiing. On this day, I swear I saw my life flash before my eyes. I know I am pretty adventurous in my normal day-to-day life but skiing I could be classified as the cautious one. Well I got the nerve up to follow my sister down a side path which led to another slope. Let me also add my sister is the one who is normally cautious in her day-to-day life but apparently becomes a dare-devil on the slopes. It was at this time I quickly regretted taking a wild chance on being adventurous on the slopes.
Why, you may ask? Because it was nothing but a steep decent on a narrow and highly icy patch of trail which ran straight through the woods. Saying I had any control of my body, let alone my skis would be a lie because I did not. All I could do was yell for my sister to move out of my way and hope that I would not go off the path and crash into what I knew would be my horrible end. Speeding out of control on an icy trail was not what I expected to find when following my sister. Thankful the what seemed like a lifetime horrid event ended within about 50 seconds with me bent over trying to catch my breath and calm myself down. My sister laughing and trying to ask if I am okay but all I can manage to say is “I think I almost just die.” Which only made her laugh harder.
After the shock of what I just experienced passed I quickly realized how hilarious the look on my face probably was and started to chuckle myself. Needless to say I took a chance, which I do not think I shall be repeating next year on the slopes, that gave me a memory of a lifetime. The rest of the day was not nearly exciting or thrilling or dangerous but at the end of the trip I came out with a better appreciation of those who make skiing or snowboarding a career or a release for something adventurous. I also left with a better relationship with my sister which is the best thing about the whole entire trip. Not only did we get to spend a long weekend together and share my horribly terrifying event but we got to laugh and get to know each other again (because we have lived so far apart for a while). Leading the my first ski trip of the year to be amazing!
I will post the second trip tomorrow!