People who count your falls and 101 reasons I’ll ski again

    Remember the last time something over-exceeded your expectations? On Saturday I drove up to Tahoe with a few friends for a day of skiing, aaaaaand more fun than I could ever predict from a mountain of snow and steep hills. The day had more adventures than a mundane Saturday should hold, so after, one of my friends suggested for someone to write a book about it, and although this is not a book, it’s pretty close! I don’t remember writing such a long post in a while, but hopefully it will make up for a week of silence after, in case I get picked for jury duty tomorrow morning! So happy Monday and happy reading!


    100 Reasons I will never go skiing again …

    ….Skiers’ etiquette, you can’t say excuse me or I’m sorry while passing others
    … People on snow mobiles who give your a ride for 20 feet when you expect them to take you down the mountain
    … Careless people who drive their cars over others’ snowboards (sorry Alex)
    … People who ask you your weight (I didn’t find that on skiing manual)
    … People who don’t pick up their phones, or throw them into snow (much better option)
    … Friends who watch the sunset from the mountain and make you call ski patrol for them
    … People who say they’re looking for you, but are really catching the next lift for another ride
    … Weird old men on lifts, who don’t make sense and tell skiing stories from the eighties
    … Resort workers who tell you to move over on the lift
    … Ski lifts that randomly assign you a date, just ask my fiend Anna
    … Or worse people on lifts that try to hook you up
    … Alternating lines for ski lifts that almost separated me from my teacher
    … Snowboarders who head straight for where you’re sitting and then use chairs to make turns (that’s NOT a good first impression)
    … Snowboarders who think they can glide under things … Ivan that only works in movies
    … Lame guys who make their date suffer going uphill to the lift without giving them a push
    … Snowboarders who go off path
    … People who ski backwards
    … People who lose their Christmas presents on the mountain (I see how it is Dina)
    … People who don’t speak loud enough on the ski slope and then label you as deaf and blind
    … People who take a hundred pictures, make these cool panoramas and post only one on Instagram
    … Ski instructors who ask if you really expected them to help you come to a stop!!! (Obviously not everyone knows about the “I’ll catch you if you fall” stop)
    … People who make your jaw hurt from laughing
    … People who count your falls and then separate their falls into categories of intentional falls, not a full fall, sliding down the mountain falls … so basically my ski instructor had no falls

    101 Reasons I’ll go skiing again and again …

    … Skiers’ etiquette, you’ll get the needed push without asking
    … People who get you fully covered with outfits, skis, and even give you an option of goggles when you complain, Mike you’ve outdone yourself
    … People who help you put on and take off your ski boots without breaking my ankle
    … Ski patrol that will get your sister down from the mountain even if on the last cable car
    … Little kids who ask you for permission to ski by you when you’re waiting for a lift
    … Resort workers who’ll pull you uphill to the ski lift
    … Resort workers who’ll secure you to your skis even with little English
    … People who take pictures of you so I can relive the amazing memories and views of Tahoe
    … People who wait to Instagram a photo of you until you’ve successfully got down the ski slope
    … The sudden silence that hits you once you get on the lift (those were my favorite moments)
    … Nice skiers on the slopes that help strangers tighten their skis and will pull uphill a poor snowboarder (clearly ski etiquette changes on every slope)
    … Ski instructors who coach you the entire way down the mountain with . . . you got this, now get a little speed, watch for that snow, keep turning your head, bend your knees, straighten out, get some speed, turn your head, raise your poles, YOU GOT THIS!
    … People who hike uphill on their skis to help you put yours on when they fall off (the skis not the people)
    … People who remind you to look at the horizon at the gorgeous view and not just at the snow downhill
    … Friends who do comeback for you when the resort shuts down
    … Friends who wait for you in the freezing weather holding their snowboards until you safely off the mountain
    … People who’ll drive a spare key to you in case yours happens to lock itself in the trunk, good thing it didn’t happen in Tahoe
    … People who’ll ski at your speed of .00001 miles per hour and not make you feel bad
    … Snowboarders who know what they’re doing and will ride around you
    … People who’ll save the scary stories once you’re off the lift, for the most part
    … People who’ll watch you fall and not make fun of you
    … People who’ll enjoy themselves with beginners even though they could be riding the hardest terrains
    … People who tell you jokes to make the waiting time between the pain attacks and heat strokes more enjoyable
    … People who say you got this with every turn and stop

    What a day, thank you friends for making my ski trip so amazing, can’t wait to feel the snow again, with my skis of course ;).

    February 4, 2013



    Yuliya, you are so detailed, I love that about you! Good summary of your first experience. 🙂

    Good times… I really enjoyed your recap of the trip. Thanks! Sorry again for making you guys wait. Haha