Overcoming Fear Of Flying – or learning to ski when I never thought I would!

Posted: July 8, 2010 in Adventures in skiing and working out, International Adventures
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I can honestly say I never thought skiing would happen to me. When Chaz announced that he wanted to take a job in Salt Lake City, Utah I was horrified at the thought. My skiing experience previously involved a very short lesson on a bunny hill in Saskatchewan and then being taken to Sunshine Village in Banff, Canada by two friends and having the most godawful time. Let’s just say I didn’t ski but just fell down – a lot. Every time I got off a chair lift I fell over and the lift had to be stopped which was sooooo embarrassing.

That was 1986 and I vowed never to put two planks of wood on my feet ever again. I hated winter, hated snow and abhorred all winter sports – at least that’s what I thought. The only bit of that trip I enjoyed was the apres ski.

After being dragged kicking and screaming away from my idyllic life amongst the gum trees of the Adelaide Hills in Australia with their beautiful smells and grey green colors, I looked at this barren place with its’ high desert scrub and thought to myself ‘what have we done?’ We (well me – then convinced hubby) decided we had to live up in the mountains to escape the smog, the poor schooling in Salt Lake and the stifling LDS influence I thought to myself ‘Louise, if we are going to live amongst it then you have to try again and learn something from this’. I had my first lesson the week of my 49th birthday. I was terrified. The bunny slope seemed so steep at first, the skis felt like alien attachments on my feet and ‘what the bloody hell do you think you’re doing at your age woman’ was the foremost thought in my mind – but I had a glimmer of fun. I also overcame my extreme chair lift fear with the aid of my lovely instructor Frenchie who showed me how to get off without falling over. I had another lesson a few days later and then decided to practice, practice, practice.

I managed to ski another 10 times that first winter and I was happy pootling around on the green slopes, even occasionally getting a small amount of speed up. I finished the season feeling pretty pleased with myself for facing up to some of my fears and, to a degree, starting to overcome them.

Have you ever done something you thought you would never do and how did it make you feel?

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Comments
  1. That is the best picture ever. Great blog! Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

    • Thanks! I liked that pic too though I wasn’t going fast enough at this point for such spectacular falls – lol

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  2. Ruby says:

    Good for you! Good first post! You are on your way!

  3. amy donovan says:

    wonderful story. despite growing up in new england, i have only being skiing once in my life + had a similar experience to your 1986 fiasco. i’m not saying i’m going to hop back up on skis tomorrow, but your post has reminded me that all things deserve a second chance, + with time, energy, + effort, we can accomplish almost anything.

  4. Ann Evanston says:

    Your tenacity and drive is what makes you my hero Louise! I think your vision to share what learning, growing and stretching is all about is so fabulous!

    Ann Evanston
    The Warrior is Within You
    http://warrior-preneur.com

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