This week’s Sundance Ladies Day lesson was not half as bad as last week’s. My daughter and I had an easier time walking to the lessons in our boots and our angels were there to help again. Thank goodness those lovely ladies are there to help the stranded.
Once we got to the Ski School, my daughter took off happily with her instructor. I met up with Cody with a bit of fear in my heart. He had told me last week that we would be taking the lift up for sure today. I cannot even imagine the idea of getting on the lift, not to mention getting off the lift. It is one of my greatest fears.
Cody and I took off to the bunny hill and after several semi-successful runs (with fewer falls), Cody said I was ready to take the lift. However, I first had to make it down from the bunny hill to the lift–a very daunting task for someone on her first lesson on a day when there is very little snow to soften the fall. Thanks to Cody and his patience, we made it down to the lift. I was so scared. I have been on the lift in the summer with a mountain bike, but that is one thing–no storm trooper boots with sticks strapped to your legs to get in the way of getting off. How was I supposed to get off and not fall off?
Cody promised me that I would be able to get off successfully. He has this ability to make me feel calm and trust him. So, I went with him. We chatted for the few minutes it took to get to the first stop–not long enough for me. When the first stop came, he guided my elbow and somehow, I got off the lift without falling. It was a great achievement for me.
And then I saw it–the mountain! It was the bunny hill on steroids. How was I supposed to get down from there? People were swishing around me with smiles on their faces, enjoying themselves. But I was stunned by the task that was ahead of me.
I really don’t know how I made it down. I fell a few times and it took us about 30 minutes to get down, but I made it. I actually skied down the first stop! My daughter passed me several times while I was trying to get down. She was so happy. Oh, to be small! I am proud that I made it. Even if I never go up again, I made it down!