We have had some gorgeous snow reappear in the past week. Friday was an historic powder day at Mad River. I went on Friday and skiid like sh*t. I was so disheartened. Rich went yesterday and came home to say it was the best skiing of the year. Since it snowed more last night and today; and since Mad River was allowing weekday pass holders to ski for free this weekend, Rich and I went again today.
On our first run, Rich took me into the woods. I’m a bit of a scaredy cat in the woods but, while I didn’t swoosh straight down through the trees, I didn’t have to pause and get my courage up between every turn like I usually do. It was actually fun. And nice powder!
Then when we hit the trails, something amazing happened. I started skiing the way I know I can ski, but rarely seem to pull off except on the groomers. I ski on telemark skis – freeheel. I switched over from being a very experienced and confident alpine skiier of 30+ (on and off) years to tele about 5 years ago but never really regained my confidence.
But today my ski legs returned and I was just bopping down the hill doing what felt right. When I looked at (and blogged about) this great video of some tele guys at Mad River from Friday earlier today, it nearly made me cry to see these guys skiing the way I know I should be skiing. Perhaps it was watching that video and keeping that in my head, rather than the image of me really sucking! Who knows. But that’s how I finally got to ski today and it just feels so good! 🙂
If only I had been skiing more frequently this year and this had happened earlier, because sadly, today was the last day of the season for Mad River.
So next winter, I have to start all over again. Oh well. At least I can end this season with a big smile!
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