52 Week Project - 15/52 - Ski Season...Over

Quick Escapes is aiming to complete a 52 week photo project in 2018.  A picture a week...that sounds easy enough.  Well I'll tell you from experience...it's tougher than you think

Ski Season

Sunday April 29th saw an end to the 2017/18 ski season at Blue Mountain.  It was the latest that the ski resort had been open in its 75+ year history.  

My parents involved me in skiing from a young age.  I took lessons on weekends, skied with my father on a regular basis and participated in skiing 'Electives' that my elementary and high school both offered.  At the age of 19 when I left for school I had all but retired from the sport and would only don my skis a handful of times over the next 10 years.  

Well that all changed this year when a friend invited me to the Olser Bluff Ski Club's Men's Day in early February.  I was hesitant to accept the offer but my wife convinced me that I would have a good time.  There was also beer and scotch involved which made my decision a little easier.  

First off I needed to invest in a new pair of ski boots.  I made my way to Sport Chek in Collignwood and was immediately overwhelmed by how much the technology had changed.  Thankfully one of the sales associates helped me out and made the overall process (one which I would usually dread) tolerable.  

I was nervous about slapping the boards on again.  It had been over 10 years (as best as I could figure it) since I last skied. I didn't want to make an ass out of myself and more importantly I was nervous about injuring myself.  As someone who works at a ski resort, I frequently see the 'end results' of ski accidents.

As it turns out skiing is just like riding a bike!  It was like I had never stopped.  Sure I wasn't perfect and I'm far from the best skier around, but after a run or 2 I was feeling great.  

Between the drinks, the food, the laughs and the great company that day I managed to log nearly 5 hours on the slopes.  It was a great day.  I'm glad I did it and I look forward to getting out on the slopes again...but it's going to have to wait until next year.