The first time I went skiing, I was five years old. Then I stopped for a few years and went back on the slopes when I was nine. Ever since then, I have been loving it! Sliding down the slopes, earring the crack of the snow, feeling the wind in my hair, having a hot chocolate at the bottom of the slopes. HEAVEN! The last time I went skiing was in 2012, on Mount Ruapehu, in New Zealand while I did an exchange there. And I have been missing skiing ever since! So, when Club Med UK invited me at their #IsSkiForMe event with indoors skiing at Chel-ski, I could not say no!
I went to the event with Ana from Faded Spring. We made it to the venue, put on skiing boots, had a mocktail and headed off to the slope! My years of skiing probably made it easier but oh my god, indoors skiing is way harder than skiing on snow! So, how it works is… the slope actually is a giant treadmill! If you don’t slide down, you will get back up. What you are actually supposed to do is slide down while the slope goes back up, so actually, you just stay at the same place. But you still move. Like when you run on a treadmill!
On the slope, you have to think about positioning your ankles, knees and upper body so that you go down while keeping in mind that the slope takes you back up. So confusing at first! Which is why it made quite hard. But once you get the hang of it, you are all good to go! I mean, almost. I have not been skiing in five years so I needed to remember everything and positioning my knees proved a bit tricky.
Skiing as a kid is so easy. When you are a kid, you don’t care, you are not afraid, you just go. As an adult, fear of falling, of making a fool of yourself, etc is here and can stop you from trying. Once I put that fear aside, I went full on… and fell. Kaye caught my glorious fall on camera and I have included a photo for your delight. But you know what they say, falling does not matter, it is getting back up that does. And so I did. And I had a blast! I also went back on the slope after another mocktail and learnt a bit more.
Indoors skiing is harder than outdoors but it was so much fun nonetheless. A new experience that I have genuinely loved! I also loved the typical post-skiing meal which reminded me so much of skiing holidays: tartiflette and chocolate fondue. Again, HEAVEN! So #IsSkiForMe? Definitely! Twenty years since I hit my first slope and still loving it! I might book a holiday to go skiing but in the Alps this time! Which of course, Club Med UK offers on their website.
The perception is that skiing is very expensive, dangerous or just ‘not for me’. Indoors skiing is a great way for non-skiiers to get into the sport. It is easily accessible (literally, in Fulham!), safe and inclusive. And followed by some amazing mountain food! Try it, you will love it!
What do you think? Are you a skier? Indoors, outdoors or both? Would you give indoors skiing a go? Just in general, is ski for you?
All photos in this blog post are from Kaye Ford.
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