For spring break, I went to a ski resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. A friend had recommended the adaptive ski program there, so my parents decided to take a family vacation there. At first, I was opposed to the idea of me skiing. Note: I hate rollercoasters, waterslides, and even elevators that go too fast. So why would I like sliding down a mountain at full speed?
When we got there, the ski slopes were the first thing I saw. Man, they were high up. I was very nervous to go up there, but the next day I was getting fitted to my sit-ski. We set up the whole thing with a Go-Pro camera and all, and soon my parents, the two very nice ski instructors, and I were getting on the ski lift.
Despite my nervousness, a few minutes later I going down the ski hill with the instructor yelling “left and right” behind me. I did my best to tilt the ski according to what he said, and he helped using the handles attached behind me.
The feeling I got when skiing was completely different than the rollercoaster sensation where your stomach feels like it’s dropping. On the other hand, I really liked the feeling of skiing – the wind in your hair, the cold on your face, and the speed of the ski gliding on the snow. Let’s just say the next day, I had two things that I didn’t have before: the ability to say I had ridden a Black Diamond, and a really sore neck.
Basically, I had a great time skiing, and I highly recommend Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s adaptive ski program. In the end, the moral of the story is really cliche: don’t be afraid to try something new.