I guess that now after 1 full season and 23 days of skiing I can no longer really call myself a beginner... I've gone from this:
and before anyone comments I know that photos do not tell a 'complete' picture, I am not looking for any sort of 'critique'..... but merely to share a simple truth with others who are just starting out on their skiing 'voyage'. This forum really helped me ... it made me think about what I was doing and why, it helped me overcome some anxieties I had. Simply being able to read about and share in the experiences of others was in some cases inspiring. Yes I had lessons, yes I had support from others I skied with, but I truthfully believe that EPIC helped me ask the right questions.
If you were to ask my wife...she would also tell you I spent a lot of cash... new boots (x2) new skis (x2) and of course new clothing jackets helmets poles goggles..etc etc etc.... to say nothing about the costs of lift passes travel hotels and so on.......so yes it has been an expensive hobby (or passion).... but would I change anything or do anything differently (apart from the noob mistakes with boots!)? Answer has got to be a resounding no! The pleasure and sheer excitement I have had over the last 10 months has been priceless! I can not wait until we get snow here in Austria again....and before anyone asks yes I already skied on the glaciers.....
Now I have a new 'hobby' to follow in the summer as I just bought this (much to my wife's disgust!)
53 years old.... and still a kid at heart! Have a great summer everyone!