I've skied since I was a teenager and I still suck.
The problem is that you can't get any better when you only ski once a year.
Case in point was last weekend at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York.
I try to get out with my buddies once a year to go skiing. So this year, I tried to prepare myself by going to Brimacombe, a local ski hill with smaller hills. My plan was to ease myself into the longer runs at Holiday Valley Resort.
I chose a weekday, so there would be fewer skiers to a) laugh at me b) run into.
Unfortunately, mother nature wasn't playing nice that day and the -20C temperature was simply too cold for my aging body. Oh, and another reason was that helmets are mandatory. Well, kind of mandatory. The safety rules suggest a mandatory policy, and yet (more…)