Just after Christmas (cripes – nearly a whole month ago!) Mike, the kids and I went on our first family skiing holiday to Chantemerle in Serre Chevalier!
Despite never having skied before, I finally agreed to have a ski holiday under the condition that I could have some lessons in advance.
The universe stepped in and I won a project to work with Protest again (See my previous bikinis project with them here), showcasing their really wonderful Snow Wear.
But this time they challenged me to learn to ski in 20 hours!
Over about 4 weeks before setting off I had 7 one-hour lessons, and a brave one-hour solo ski. I’m so glad that I did this. It was truly invaluable and, as everyone kept telling me, I did indeed find it easier on snow, so it really put me in good stead for hitting the pistes!
I found the lessons have been such a confidence boost. Being out with Lesley has enabled me to feel comfortable, even when there are lots of people around. It is also much easier to progress with a teacher as she has given me exercises that, for example, make sure that I’m putting my weight on the right leg, or stop me thinking so much about turning so I relax. All of that has meant I could concentrate on improving whist feeling proud of myself and what I’ve achieved in the lesson.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced so far was after my first fall! We went to the top of the slope during hour 4 and what a view! However, I quickly lost control and pretty much threw myself on the floor. It didn’t hurt and in fact I felt elated afterwards, like I was a proper skier, and even rang Mike to jubilantly tell him.
Reuben also watched the clip of me falling for about 20 minutes, which was nice…and you can see it here (plus more shaky footage!).
BUT, that was on Thursday and my next lesson wasn’t until the following Monday. By then my elation had turned into fear! For nearly the whole lesson I felt really nervous but Lesley snapped me back out of it.
By lessons 6 and 7 I was back into the swing of things and I even fell over again but this time because I was going so slowly!!
20 hours: Ski Challenge – Hour 8
Hour 8 was my first solo ski… 10 days ago and I haven’t managed to go again since! Mike surprised me with a trip to the Xscape Centre in Leeds on our way back from a family visit to Lincolnshire but I chickened out. In my defence it was super busy and I was a day away from being wiped out by a virus for 3 days.
But my solo ski, although a bit nerve-wracking and not as much fun without Lesley, was really good.
It is such a nice way to spend an hour, I’d highly recommend it! The views are spectacular, it’s definitely good exercise (phew!) and it allows you to switch your head off and focus on what you’re doing while getting some fresh air and vitamin D. What’s not to love?
Speaking of which…
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20 hours: Ski Challenge
So, that’s it so far…I have 12 hours left of my 20 hours. I think the plan is to get 1 or 2 more hours practise at the Silksworth Sports Complex before we jet off to France where I will have another set of lessons. So my final update will be at the start of January after my 20th hour!!!
I’m learning with the lovely Lesley, a top Ski instructor and winner of more medals than you can shake a stick at. In this post, I’ll be sharing what Protest clothing I’m wearing with your chance to win the same outfit, Lesley shares her top tips for How to Ski for those of you starting out…or even just thinking about starting out. But first, here’s how I’ve been getting on…
How to Ski – hours 1-3
So far I’m loving it! It’s not as mortifying as I thought it would be, I haven’t fallen over, touch wood, and I don’t feel frustrated by my progress. Here’s a short video of the first 3 lessons.
In the video I’m wearing some gorgeous goodies from Protest, which you can win! (Your own new ones – not what I’ve been wearing…) Just scroll to the bottom and fill out the rafflecopter.
How to Ski – Lesley’s top tips
1. Bring gloves. It’s part of the slope rules to wear them all the time when you’re on the hill. Falling over hurts without them!
2. Arrive in plenty of time before the lesson. You’ll have lots to get sorted so don’t get stressed out by being in a rush.
3. Dress for the weather. You’ll be outside so even though you need to be covered up, turn up wearing a full ski suit in June and you’ll cook. Likewise, if it looks like rain, bring coat.
4. Ditch the (skinny) jeans. They won’t be comfortable tucked in your boots. Skiing’s a sport, dress for it.
5. Don’t be too scared. The instructors know what they’re talking about and won’t push you to do anything you absolutely can’t.
6. Listen to the instructor. Even if you think you can’t do something, it’s their job to show you how. If you already can do it, it’s their job to make you better.
7. ENJOY IT! Skiing is great fun, you’ll have a blast!
What I’m wearing
When my Protest box arrived, I thought Christmas had come early. I loved everything they sent me.
What’s more, I have never really owned anything that is warm. I know that sounds silly, but all these years I’ve hated being outdoors because I’m nearly always too cold. It turns out I really was just wearing the wrong stuff. I have been so incredibly toasty during my Ski lessons, even in lesson 2 when it chucked it down for the whole hour!
Here’s what I was wearing (and what you can win!)
Fabrizo Zip Top – this is a long-sleeved fleece top to wear under your waterproof jacket. Snug as a bug!
Hopneon Snowpants – I want to live in these snow pants. They come up nice and high to pull in the ol’ mummy tummy, are super comfy and they are warm and waterproof. Oh and I they look pretty snazzy – there’s no missing me on the slopes and I’ve had so many compliments!
Alyssa Snowjacket – this is a fashion jacket! I’ve been wearing it to the pub, for the school pick up, to the shops…and yet it’s actually the warmest jacket I’ve ever put on and it’s fully waterproof so perfect for skiing. It’s true love.
For your chance to win this outfit, just fill out the rafflecopter below! UK residents only and Ts and Cs apply, so please read them via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
Yey, I’m working with Protest again! After the success of our summer campaign, which reached over 150,000 people, Protest have invited me to be their Winter Ambassador. The Protest Autumn and Winter collection is amazing, so I’m going to be looking great skiing down the mountains this year.
Instead of getting Beach Ready we’re getting Piste Ready!
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