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Trying new things boosts your confidence. Also, you learn more about yourself. You learn if something is for you or not. Surprisingly, I enjoyed skiing. Today was my first-day skiing and it was a challenge, but fun. Since I started to learn how to rollerblade, I can say SOME things feel the same. Learning control is not easy for me because I am not an analytical thinker and I like speed. I am a visual learner, but I learn best by feeling the motion.  I like to go with the flow or my intuition. Just listening for direction does not work well for me. I think with more practice alone, there will be less pressure. I can go at my own pace and feel my way through it. I noticed the directions people were giving me today were similar but not exactly the same. Either way, I am proud of what I was able to do today. I know many people from my past who would never attempt skiing. They rather stay in their bubble doing nothing. Actually, those same people would be criticizing me right now for even trying. I try not only for myself but to help those in the future who seek guidance when wanting to transform from a life coaching session.

Step 1: Clothing

Wear a fabric that will evaporate. I did not sweat as much skiing compared to my other sports activities, but it helps to wear a fabric that won't hold onto moisture. I like to wear a layer under my snow pants, but the tights are 3/4 length to not layer under my ski socks. Layering tights under your socks may cut off circulation when wearing ski boots. Also, never layer your snow pants inside your ski boots.
These are my cute ski socks :) They are thin but made of wool to keep my feet warm and evaporate moisture.

A snow jacket is fine and waterproof mittens. It was easier to grab the poles with mittens. Also, don't forget your helmet and goggles.

Step 2: Gear

I have experience working at a ski rental shop as a beginner. I learned how the boots should fit, how to walk in them, how to set up the skis myself for my training, which poles to choose, and which skis I should use as a beginner. As I progress, I know which skis to use for intermediate and advanced as well.

 Also, working at a ski rental has other benefits. If you would like more information about those benefits and where to buy beginner skis, you can message me through the chat or here. After you get your gear, time to start moving :)

Step 3: Training

There are many things you will do before you hit the bunny slope and the lift. I didn't go on the lift yet and I think it is best. It was a 2-hour session learning how to control your speed and I haven't gotten it down yet. I think the session was a bit rushed and I felt pressure to make it to the lift. I think it is best to take your time and stay on the bunny slope practicing control until you are ready. You may have an instructor, but you know your body best when following your intuition. Slow and steady really does win the race.

Falling is inevitable. It was so much fun falling and I got in a good laugh as you can see :) Even those who are good at it fall. It is a bit difficult getting up from a fall. I was told you can from the poles, but it wasn't practiced yet. The instructor kept pulling me up, which wasn't the best way to learn. Using your poles is probably best for holding to lean into when getting your boot back into your ski as well. Your boot will come out of your ski as a beginner because there is more release to reduce the risk of injury. 

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