Mind, Body and Sole Resources: Part 1

Being a new skier, I’m constantly seeking tips, tricks and resources to help me be the best that I can be. Skiing is a mind, body and soul (or sole) experience so here are 3 resources that I have discovered so far:

  1. Mind:  There is no law stating that you have to wear a helmet but after living up here long enough, you meet a significant amount of people who have suffered mountain related concussions. So, I choose to wear a helmet….which I bought at Fanatykco.

Mine is a Scott Helmet, It has MIPS (extra protection for my brain) and looks soooo sexy:

My new SCOTT Helmet

My new SCOTT Helmet

  1. Body: Do you ever wonder how many calories you can burn while skiing? Well, I do. I Googled my heart out and came across this nifty (and feel good) skiing calorie counter. I’m not sure how accurate it is but it is on a reputable website  (SELF.com) and it says I burn a lot of calories. So, I choose to listen to it:
Skiing Calorie Counter

Skiing Calorie Counter

  1. Sole: The reality of Ski socks did not exist in my knowledge base until a week before I went skiing. Shayne asked me if I had ski socks. Ski socks? Huh?  This is what I learned: Ski socks are usually made of synthetic materials (not cotton) and are almost as high as the knee (to fit under the boot). Hypothetically, if your ski boots fit well, you should have a thin pair of socks and they will keep your feet warm.
Fanatyk Co socks on the left and Dissent socks on the right

Fanatyk Co socks on the left and Dissent socks on the right

You can find some of these socks at Fanatykco. They carry their own brand, which are very popular for the locals, and Dissent Lab socks. Remember, you cannot ski without socks because that would just be silly and weird!

These are 3 resources/items that I find helpful as a beginner and you should find them helpful, too! If not, just lie and say you do!

To follow my skiing journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

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Holiday Sledding Shenanigans

E-cards are a good thing to send out but they can be  boring to receive because so many people send them. Jibjab has come along and created the ultimate home made digital e-card. There is a free version OR you can pay $5 a year for unlimited e-cards. Trust me, it is worth the 5 bucks!

Here are some of my Jijab usage highlights:

  1. You import an image of a face (it can belong to you or someone else) onto a pre-existing body that dances around. The image can from your files or Facebook.
  2. It provides hours and hours of  entertainment, during the creation process.
  3. The people you send these cards to can’t help but laugh and smile.
  4. There are many options and genres of cards (including static images).
  5. Very affordable. I pay $5 a year and to own the file for this video (I paid $1.99 9so I could put it on  YouTube).

This is mine and Shayne’s holiday e-card. We sled, throw snowballs and crash into things.

Happy Holidays from us!

Day 2: The Chairlift Accomplishment

My 2nd day of skiing has come and gone faster than I hopped. I took another Max4 lesson from WhistlerBlackcomb and I feel like that was the right choice. I had a solid instructor named Asa (with an appearance by Ash) and a very fun group.

My group and instructor(s) for the afternoon

My group and instructor(s) for the afternoon

On Day 2 I learned the following:

  • When you are plowing (pizza position) don’t let you tips touch…..it’s like kissing you cousin. I’m not sure why that is, but it makes sense.
  • When getting on a chairlift (‘twas my first time) hold your poles with your inside hand and look over your outside shoulder when getting on.
  • When you fall, make sure to put your skis back on while NOT facing downhill (my first fall).
  • Transferring edges (allowing me to go left and right without plowing).
  • You might get hit by another skier or snowboarder so BE AWARE.
Top: Kissing Cousins Bottom: Correct

Top: Kissing Cousins
Bottom: Correct

I was wearing my new Pow gloves and they were great. My hands were warm and dry after my one and only small bail. I think that might be one of the keys to being happy on the hill….warm and dry hands.

Today, unlike last week, was a big success for me. Last week I took breaks between each run on the “hill” at the carpet. This week I did 3 runs on the carpet and went right to the Olympic Chair (up and down) without stopping or taking a break.  I pushed myself hard and was full of ambition. By having that attitude I was able to get a lot out of today and I cannot wait until the  I’m on the mountain, again. The next time I ride it will be on my own and without a lesson. How many lessons did you take before going out on your own?

Sunday Ski Love on Whistler

Sunday Ski Love on Whistler

To follow my skiing journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

Attention Single Ladies…

Now that I have your attention, and clarifying that I’m not “on the market,” there are a lot of sexy men in Pemberton. They are all half adrenaline junkie, half hippie/lumberjack and a whole lot of fun.  It is almost like all of the boys who live in Whistler move to Pemberton… when they grow up.

Remember that episode of Sex and the City where Samantha meets Farmer Luke when visiting Carrie at the cabin? Well, that could be you!

So, where will you meet these men? There are 3 major social activities:

  1. Grocery Shopping – You always run into a handful of people you know. It’s a great time to catch-up and meet new people.
  2. Wing night at The Wood – Cheap wings, everyone in town you know will be there, and cheap wings. You can’t go to late or they may have already ran out of wings.
  3. Local festivals/fundraisers – Every week there is something and it is usually fun! The best way to know about these is by reading the flyers that are at the stores, gossip or an ad in the newspaper.

The other place where you are almost guaranteed to run into someone you know or meet a cute man is on Friday at 6pm at the BC Liquor Store.

Make sure you plan a trip to Pemberton, put on some plaid (or not) and be open to having a great time! You may or may not meet the man of your dreams, but at least you will have some eye candy.

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You can follow my adventures in Pemberton/Whistler and watch me become a great skier by following my blog! I’ll be posting on Wednesdays and Sundays. Comment, share and enjoy! 

 

 

Day 1: Stupid Ski Boots

I love learning. The last time I learned something completely new might have been a few years ago when I took a sword fighting class. This past weekend, at age 27, I began my skiing journey…with a lesson. You should know, I have been on a snowboard a few times (each time being an epic fail) and the decision to learn to ski was influenced by a few factors:

  1. My boyfriend (Shayne) was a sponsored/semi-pro skier
  2. Most of my friends in Whistler/Pemberton ski
  3. Shayne is a tech rep for Nordica and works at Fanatyk Co,
  4. Why not?

So, for Sunday I booked a full day lesson on Whistler. As I got in my ski gear I learned my first lesson: SKI BOOTS F@#KING HURT!

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It was hard to walk. It felt like I had no toes. My calves were going to burst.

I sucked it up.  That was the only thing I could do.

I got to my lesson and there were 3 others with me. They were also having sore ski boot feet, so I felt better knowing they were in pain. Once the lesson began we learned how to put on our skis, how to turn, how to get out of our skis, how to stop and the most exhausting of all: how to sidestep up a hill IN SKIS.

Side note: I have athletic educed asthma, am pigeon toed and the only sport I play is yoga.

Side stepping , up hill, in skies nearly killed me. My legs were shaking uncontrollably, it was hard to breath and I had to take a time out. I even called Shayne and almost quit. Shayne and the teacher encouraged me to keep going, after a rest. Jesper, my teach was amazing and deserves a raise for putting up with my winging (word inspired by Jodie, my Aussie friend).

RESTING! Resting was the answer. So, I decided it was ok to take “Blair Breaks.”

We then got to ride the magic carpet (which it like a moving sidewalk on a slight incline), which took us to the top of the hill.  Fun.

This was the best part:  I got to the top of the carpet and down the hill I went and it was SO EASY! Sure, I was in pizza position my first time, but I didn’t fall.

Shayne even made a video of me (coming soon)!

I decided to turn my full day lesson into 2 half days and this Sunday I will be going for lesson #2.  My legs were sore for a few days after…but it was the good type of sore. I’m stoked to shred some pow, one day soon!

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To follow my skiing journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers!