Can I really learn to ski?
January 19, 2014 5:52 PM Subscribe
After a couple of bad experiences trying to pick up snow sports, I have unreasonable anxiety about learning to ski.
I've read these askmes
So my husband and I decided to go in on a ski lease with some friends in Tahoe for the season. I really want to ski! I'm so, so terrified.
I'm a socal native who can count the number of times I've ever dealt with snow. 4 years ago we took a "beginner" snowboarding class at Squaw. It was horrible. I was the only true beginner in the class, and the instructor basically abandoned me at the bottom of the bunny hill and camped out at the top with the rest of the class. I tried to be a good sport and went on the bunny hill lift with my husband after the lesson. I ate it hard twice, panicked, and took off my snowboard and walked the rest of the way down. Last year, we took a "beginner" cross-country class in Yellowstone. I was actually having a pretty good time learning, but again I was the only real beginner (everyone else was either a skier or snowboarder) and 15 minutes into the lesson, the instructor took us off the groomed trail and down a medium hill (seemed kind of big at the time). I fell, and she suggested that I just go back to the lodge and get a refund for the lesson. So yeah. Humiliated and freaked out both times I've tried to learn slidey snow things.
We are taking a lesson at Northstar tomorrow morning (just us and the instructor). I am beyond terrified. I don't feel like I'm an unathletic person. I've played plenty of sports. I picked up squash and tennis and tennis as an adult. I've been snowshoeing and I liked it. But I'm shaking just sitting here thinking about it. I know my anxiety is only going to make it harder. Help?