Jimmy thinks that it is cute to make fun of me for dubbing my “mountain” as “The Advanced Bunny Hill.” No my friends, I did not spend the entire day on the bunny hill. Bunny Hills are for kids, I instead ride on the advanced bunny hill. My friend asked me if that was really the name and okay, maybe I made it up… but I think that it’s quite fitting. It is a chair lift that takes you maybe a quarter of the way up the mountain (see it’s bigger than the bunny) and is only green (easy) trails
We actually had a really nice day, but before we got there I first had to psych myself up. The thing with snowboarding is that I really only get to go a few times a year. I then spend 8-9 months without doing it at all. So, every single year that first time out I am full of nerves.
We decided to sleep in and ended up waking up around 9am. After having some breakfast with Sarah and Jack I tried my best to stall as long as I could (oh Jimmy, I just need ONE more cup of coffee before we can leave ) I soon realized I was out of excuses and had to face the mountain. Not to worry though, that first run shook away my nerves instantly and I remembered why I love snowboarding so much!
Jimmy did a few runs with me on my “advanced bunny hill,” and we then split up for a few runs by ourselves. I actually don’t mind being by myself. As I mentioned I get extremely nervous and like to have full concentration when I’m snowboarding. I don’t really like people talking to me, just more distractions for me to fall and completely wipe out (which I only did once!)
After about 3 runs alone we met up again and he took up to the top of the mountain. I’m not afraid of the top of the mountain, I actually did two full runs. The problem with Monday was that one of the only two green trails from the top were closed, and the other was a sheet of ice. I very slowly made my way down the blue (intermediate) trails twice, before my calfs had enough and I decided to stick with the “Advanced Bunny Hill” to make myself feel like a rock star the rest of the day.
To see my sick moves check out this video…
Some things I learned on my first day of the year on the slopes:
- Slow and steady wins the race
- Don’t be too scared of the intermediate trails, you’ll get down eventually
- Giving myself pep talks “It’s okay Julie, you can do this, just ease into it…” really makes me a better snowboarder, and possibly the crazy girl on the mountain, but I’m okay with that
Are you an expert snowboarder like me?
What kind of activities do you do in the winter?