|Tom, the "Cautious Expert" Skier|
|No black diamond slopes for me, thanks. I'd rather live to ski another day. I thrive on green-circle (Beginner) and blue-square (Intermediate) slopes and trails.|
I didn't learn to ski until I was over 50 years old. The very thought of attaching long boards to my feet and sliding down a slippery slope at high speed seemed INSANE!
Then some friends invited me to go skiing....
Gulp... What to do?
Rent skis, boots and poles. Take a ski lesson. Try it out.
I loved it from the first day, even though the temperature was -12°F (-24°C). I love it now, over a decade later. Just goes to show what I knew!
I have no pretentions to expertise. My form is pretty terrible, I wish it were better, I try to improve it, but I really don't care all that much.
One wag in a ski rental shop called me a "cautious expert." He meant it as an oxymoron: a "cautious expert" can really schuss down all those difficult slopes, but chooses not to.
(The ski rental shops usually define an Intermediate skier as "Not a beginner, and not an expert.") That's me I guess.
I go skiing for fun: for the spectacular mountain views, the clean, brisk mountain air, the sun, the snow, the beauty of nature, the exhilaration of exertion and speed (however moderate, in my case).
I don't own my own equipment: skis and bindings, boots, poles. I rent skis wherever I go, and it's almost always easy, satisfactory, and moderate in price—or downright cheap, considering that a complete set of equipment can approach US$1000 in cost.
So my tips and suggestions for New England skiing reflect my own preferences and abilities. I figure that the double-black-diamond (super-expert slope) readers don't need my help.
If you can do moguls at speed, you're a lot better than I am.
Rather, my tips are for beginning and intermediate skiers.
For those who have never skied before, all I can say is "Try it!" I'm living proof that to ignore or fear skiing is to miss out on one of winter's best, healthiest, most enjoyable and exhilarating activities.