Thursday, February 2, 2012

Snow Bunny Day

Last Sunday was snow bunny day! I joined three ladies from Jason's office and we went skiing in Faistenau, Austria.

I learned a lot by skiing with Austrians. One thing being that I am pretty sure they were all born with skis (or a snowboard) on their feet. They were seriously good and I am pretty mediocre. They also taught me how to ski better, with my poles as stabilization all the way down the mountain. I could tell a difference in my performance from the beginning of the day to the time we left. I am looking forward to using my new skills next time I go skiing and am grateful for all the pointers.

Now, I must embarrass myself. Let's be honest, most of you love when I make fun of myself on here and I am always doing something embarrassing. Sunday was no exception. On our way up one of the mountains, the lift was one of those that you put behind yourself and it pulls you up the hill. In the US, this is typical of the bunny hills but in Austria at the resort we were at there was one that took you up one of the mountains and it was very long and uncomfortable. Here is what is sort of looks like:

Anyway, Gerlinde and I were on a two person one and we were trying to speak in German together. I must have lost my concentration with what I was doing and somehow managed to fall off the cable and into the line of fire of other skiers. I frantically moved out of the way so I wouldn't get hit by the oncoming skiers. Gerlinde pushed herself off a few meters later and came down to help me. Then, we didn't know what to do. It was too far to walk up the rest of the mountain and we couldn't get back onto the lift. So, we decided to slowly ski/side step back down to where we could reach the slope. The first couple of men that passed tried to help me and asked if I was okay and were very nice, as they saw what happened. As we were making our way down though, we must have annoyed several German tourists because one man yelled in German dialect with a very angry face, "This is not a ski slope. You should be going up, not down!" Oops! My bad dude! When we finally made it to the slope, with red faces full of embarrassment, we could laugh about it. After that, I made sure that I paid full attention while I was on the cable.

Overall, we had a wonderful day. The weather was perfect and the company was great! Hopefully we will do it again sometime soon! :)

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an amazing trip and of course it wouldn't be Lauren without an embarrassing mishap somewhere (golf cart crash, anyone?). I'm skiing in Utah next month.....hope I maneuver my way through the ski lift okay!