“Mum, you look like you’re sitting on the toilet,
slowly” came the words of encouragement from the 7 year old at the end of day
two of our skiing holiday. “You need to work on your speed.” And there I was, thinking that I was doing
OK. Apparently not.
There have been a
few tense moments, a little bit of swearing, times when I would far rather have
been at home, or anywhere else frankly but as I’ve said before, I have no
choice, which in some ways makes the whole learning to ski thing easier.
Now I know
that a huge amount of you will be seasoned skiers and that there is very little
that I can offer in terms of suggestions for clothing, things to take and so on
but for those who are just embarking on a skiing journey of their own, there may be one or two things that I can offer. I did quite a
bit of research before setting off (ie
speaking to knowledgeable friends) and this is what I’ve concluded so far….
My waist bag, which due to being known as a “fanny pack” in the US has caused considerable
hilarity, is hugely useful. I bought it at H&M (£7.99) and I use it to hold
the key for the locker in the boot room, a lippy, some money, chewing gum, our key card and some tissues.
I tend to
start quite early to get some practice in before the lesson starts (well, for the 2 days that we have been here!) do my ski lesson, have lunch and then ski all afternoon, which means that I get fewer breaks than the
experienced skiers who have hot chocolate stops along the way in the morning. So I’ve started
to carry peanut M&Ms with me. Good for a sugar hit together with some
protein and they don’t melt in my pocket.
some pretty good looks so far too, I think you will agree…
– look at the high waist band on those trousers. In the above photo I’m wearing an H&M sports top (£14.99), which is made from wicking fabric which comes in handy when you’re sweating due to being permanently petrified. I’ve also linked to the H&M women’s sportswear, which is definitely having a moment. There are some fab tops and jackets, together with printed bottoms and some great accessories.
And as for another look…
and socks – the ultimate fashion faux pas but handy for wearing to the boot room.
As you can see I’m sort of, but not totally, convinced by this skiing business but I do like my new Warehouse hat which I can’t link to because the wi-fi is more unreliable (and even slower) than my skiing – but it’s now £5 in the sale.