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do we have an update on what you did?  Fun ?  Where?

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So I took everyone's advice and tried to get at least one day of experience before testing out the big ones in Colorado and let me tell you... After ONE time learning to ski today, I think I am absolutely hooked!

I went to North Carolina today and conditions weren't the most ideal (really icy, raining, and they're probably closing down the season after this week) but if worked out perfect actually because my $20 "group lesson" turned out to have me be the only one who showed up! So I essentially got a private lesson. And my instructor was the freaking best too. Mostly, I was so relieved I didn't even look like tooooo much of an idiot in front of him, and that I didn't break any bones/die! 😂

Anyway it went amazingly well. In an hour and a half I learned everything about putting on the gear, to some basic info, to getting to go down every single run that was open multiple times! Granted, any of their "black diamond" trails are probably nothing in comparison... But still! I envisioned a bunny hill and me just constantly falling over even standing still haha.
It was amazing. 😻

Ok I know I'm gushing and probably obnoxiously bragging, but seriously, I just cannot wait to try again 😁 and I def feel confident that money in Colorado or Utah or whatever would be much better spent at this point.

Anyway the point is
F yeah skiing rocks!!! 😁
And obviously THANK YOU to all you people that helped me, and answered questions, and basically just got inside this never-ever-skied-or-seen-snow girl's head! Haha I'm in now ☺️☺️☺️
post #64 of 77
Hehe that's great! So where will you be going now? Or do you need an update on conditions?
post #65 of 77
Excellent, alit! So glad you got out for your first day, and especially that you had such an awesome lesson!

Now you're ready to head west and see the big hills!
post #66 of 77

Glad to hear that your first day went so well and that you're hooked!  Are you still going to make it out to Colorado this year?

post #67 of 77
If you are hooked look into snowshoe they are a short drive from north carolina and open until April 1. If you can comfortably ski the western territory you will be good to go for most trails out west.
post #68 of 77
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Originally Posted by ohioskier View Post

If you are hooked look into snowshoe they are a short drive from north carolina and open until April 1. If you can comfortably ski the western territory you will be good to go for most trails out west.

I got a feeling as a new skier she is a ways from skiing the western territory at SnowShoe. Most resorts out west have plenty of green and blue groomers that would fit her comfort level plus she can learn and progress without dodging other skiers every 3 feet.
post #69 of 77
I agree maybe a midweek trip to snowshoe. Hit snowshoe basin then if you can do blacks there go to western territory. I really treat the western territory as a blue cruiser with exception of lower Shays.
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Thread Starter 
Had a free trip to Denver so depending on conditions the first week of April we will see which resort... Prob going to take a morning lesson out there the first day
post #71 of 77

Excellent plan!  Looks like snow coming back into the forecast later this month, so I'm sure just about any resort out there will have fine conditions the first week in April.

post #72 of 77
I'd allow a recovery day before reserving a lesson due to altitude issues. Better to be feeling chirpy than exhausted when you're paying someone.
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I'd allow a recovery day before reserving a lesson due to altitude issues. Better to be feeling chirpy than exhausted when you're paying someone.
This is good advice if possible.
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This is good advice if possible.

True, I should have said first ski day. Will plan on a day or two exploring before the next three (hopefully four) "ski" days.

Thank you! smile.gif
post #75 of 77
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Originally Posted by alit423 View Post

True, I should have said first ski day. Will plan on a day or two exploring before the next three (hopefully four) "ski" days.

Thank you! smile.gif

Enjoy! You will have a blast.
post #76 of 77
Awesome, which hill did you ski? I,was actually considering driving up to Sugar tomorrow, but don't think I will due to the crappy weather. The warm/rain snap might do them all in unfortunately. Looks like I won't get a single day on the snow in NC this year.

As for Snowshoe, I wouldn't really call it a short drive. It's over 4 hours from the closest point in NC and a good bit further for most everyone else, and those are not easy miles once you get off the interstate. I've been once, and it was ok, but lodging prices rival any resort out west. The main reason I didn't get their $99 season pass a few years ago.

Have fun in CO...look forward to hearing about it. If you want to save some cash and still ski a great mountain for beginners I'd suggest Copper. You should be able to find 2 for 1 lift tickets, or if you're solo, I think there is a $59 coupon in the educational coupon book. Maybe even some folks here with friends and family vouchers.
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Originally Posted by alit423 View Post

Had a free trip to Denver so depending on conditions the first week of April we will see which resort... Prob going to take a morning lesson out there the first day

 

Read this article about altitude sickness.  Pay particular attention to the section on Diamox.   I've found it helps tremendously.

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/altitude-adaptation-and-acute-mountain-sickness

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