For the last few days I’ve been in Fernie, BC with 200 junior high students (grade 7-9).
I. AM. EXHAUSTED!
We left on Wednesday morning for Fernie, with 4 coach buses, 200 students, and 11 teachers for a few days of skiing. I have a love/hate relationship with Ski Trip. I love the fact that we can go out to Fernie, be in the fresh air, see the amazing mountains, and be away from the school building. I hate the fact that it is 24/7 with kids for 3 days (only because it is so exhausting), late nights, early mornings, constant supervision, always sick once I return and more importantly I CAN NOT SKI. AT ALL. I am the worst.
I wish I could catch some great air in the powder, carving up the snow. (I only know the lingo because I looked it up on google). But instead I look like this….
Not exactly, in fact I would never ski on anything that wasn’t the “Bunny” hill, in Fernie it is called the MIGHTY MOOSE.
The last time I went, my friend Ashley tried to teach me. She use to ski race as a kid, and is good at pretty much everything she does. She took me up the Deer Chair and she skied it backwards, while I SNOW PLOWED down the small mountain.
Since then I’ve been Cross Country Skiing. Which scares me. I am usually by myself. So I am spooked by all sorts of little noises. I think some mountain cougar will jump up out of me or I will fall. So that isn’t always very fun.
This year I decided to try skiing again. But this time I was going to take a lesson. I am not to proud to admit that I needed help. So I took a lesson with a friend of mine, Christine, another teacher at the school, who hadn’t really skied. She was my ski buddy for the few days. We had a great time together, “carving” the mighty moose. Next time I might be ready for something else. MAYBE.
I am still exhausted and I am sick, but I am getting better at turning.