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New Skier: I'm OBSESSED!

post #1 of 22
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Last New Year's Eve, before yet another year went by with my never having gone skiing, I hit the slopes for the first time! I loved it. I took a lesson and by my second day on skis I was having fun. I went a total of 6 times last year and now I am REALLY looking forward to my first time this year. I'm going this Saturday. Can't wait!

For the past couple weeks I've been spending my lunch hour in Barnes and Noble in New York City, reading ski magazines and a ski book.

Today I came upon this website and I am LOVING it! Yahoo! I can't wait to hit the trails!

I hope this year I am jumping moguls.
post #2 of 22
Congratulations

I started skiing Jan of 02 and love it.

The more you go the better you will get.

Hopefully [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Now go out and buy some comfortable boots to learn on.
post #3 of 22
sounds like me five years ago, bit then rabid.

don't worry NYCJIM, it'll pass.

not.

[ December 12, 2003, 07:38 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
post #4 of 22
NYCJIM

Welcome to EpicSki!! It's nice to see I'm not the only new ski nut on the board. Like you, I got on skis the first time last year (MLK B'Day Weekend) at the age of 42, at the urging of my kids, and have been addicted ever since. Last year I skied 27 days and this year my goal is 50+. BTW, you mentioned ski books and magazines. I'm not knocking them, but this forum will dwarf them in terms knowledge and information. Browse through the archives in the Technique & Instruction section and you'll see what I mean. Again, welcome and don't be shy. If you have questions regarding your skiing, post them. There are many qualified instructors here who are glad to help.
post #5 of 22
bravo NYCJIM, Its a wonderful sport. This Christmas will be 43 years skiing for me.
post #6 of 22
Sounds just like me! This will only be my 3rd season skiing, and last season doesn't really count since I only went up twice (job and other commitments, I know poor excuse...) but I have also been fatally bitten by the skiing bug and spend my days lurking on this forum, reading ski mags and books and dreaming of being a ski bum
post #7 of 22
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Quote:
Originally posted by Pierre:
bravo NYCJIM, Its a wonderful sport. This Christmas will be 43 years skiing for me.
Awesome! That's a lot of skiing! [img]smile.gif[/img]

Ryan: yeah, i'm hooked!

Coach: I'm about the same age, 39. I'm kicking myself for not having gone out for the ski club in high school twenty years ago. Oh well, there's the present time and a LOT of mountains to ski!

Defcon: Yup, I can relate!

Well, thanks all for your warm welcome. I certainly will be reading up on everything on this site.

thanks again,
Jim (one more day till I ski again--yahooooo!!!)
post #8 of 22
I got bitten in January 1999. I was forced to learn to ski at the insistence of friends. It's wonderful.

This past year I stepped it up a notch - got into a fairly decent workout routine at the gym with special focus on "ski conditioning"... it's worked wonders!!!

GO FOR IT!

Someone else said buy good boots... I second that!

kiersten
post #9 of 22
Glad to see there are some other relative newbies out there. Wonder how many others are lurking. Interesting contrast to the instructors' and experts' perspective that pervades here. I started skiing @2 yrs ago at age 40, gave it a go when my kids first took lessons and have never looked back.

Nothing will replace days on the hill or years of experience, but this forum has provided good info about equipment, technique, and ski areas to start making up for the lost time. FWIW, I can't resist reading them, but the ski mags are total junk. The best print publication I've seen is a book, All-Mountain Skier: The Way To Expert Skiing, by Mark Elling.
post #10 of 22
Yeah, I too got bit by the bug in my mid-30's after taking a couple of lessons. Never had the opportunity or desire to ski before this. This is my third season...logged 32 days last year...hoping for more this year. Got a few days in already and will log one or two this weekend. Addicted, nah, just plain old good therapy. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #11 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by Coach13:
NYCJIM

Welcome to EpicSki!! It's nice to see I'm not the only new ski nut on the board. Like you, I got on skis the first time last year (MLK B'Day Weekend) at the age of 42, at the urging of my kids, and have been addicted ever since. Last year I skied 27 days and this year my goal is 50+. BTW, you mentioned ski books and magazines. I'm not knocking them, but this forum will dwarf them in terms knowledge and information. Browse through the archives in the Technique & Instruction section and you'll see what I mean. Again, welcome and don't be shy. If you have questions regarding your skiing, post them. There are many qualified instructors here who are glad to help.
Hehe, when's your "old ass" coming back up to the Springs? [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

I need to show you around the hill.

[ December 22, 2003, 09:50 AM: Message edited by: Taylormatt ]
post #12 of 22
Just remember, a bad day skiing is still better than a good day working!
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by Taylormatt:

Hehe, when's your "old ass" coming back up to the Springs? [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

I need to show you around the hill.[/QB]
Probably the Sat. or Sun. after Christmas. I skied this weekend at Whitetail so I'll be looking for a change. I'll let you know which day we're coming up. BTW, I still owe your "young ass" that beer.
post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally posted by Coach13:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Taylormatt:

Hehe, when's your "old ass" coming back up to the Springs? [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

I need to show you around the hill.
Probably the Sat. or Sun. after Christmas. I skied this weekend at Whitetail so I'll be looking for a change. I'll let you know which day we're coming up. BTW, I still owe your "young ass" that beer.[/QB]</font>[/quote]Private mountain tour for a beer...I can handle that. That's better than instructor pay, lmao!
post #15 of 22
Welcome to the addiction, or obsession, however you like to call it. Where do ski?
post #16 of 22
Welcome to a fantastic sport and welcome to EpicSki! Ice Queen (my better half) coerced me into giving it a try last year -- now we too are addicted. Only wish I'd started 45 years ago.
post #17 of 22
Welcome to all of the new skiers out there! I certainly do not fit that category, but it sure as heck seems it with the newer skis. It's like learning all over again for me.

I hope we get lots of snow this year and everyone has a happy and safe season.

My motto: Born to ski, forced to work!

Ski on!
post #18 of 22
Welcome to our play ground. If you think it's fun now just wait until you become a better skier. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #19 of 22
NYCJIM and the rest, welcome to the joy!

This is my 33rd season on skis, and I've recaptured the excitement. I enjoy talking and thinking about skiing whenever I can't be on snow, and grab moments to drop in here as often as I can. Even though I've spent almost every one of those 33 years studying skiing at some level, this site (and Rusty Guy, who has skied with me this early season) are making the greatest changes to my skiing since the mid-70s. Read stuff here then take it to the hill. Unlike skiing prior to modern equipment and teaching techniques, you will learn the same skills from the start that you'll need to be an excellent skier.

Enjoy--and post to tell us how your excitement grows and technique improved!
post #20 of 22
Welcome NYCJIM!

Ditto what everyone else says. There's no sport quite like this one to suck the money from your pocket and plaster a smile on your face.

It's a good trade. :
post #21 of 22
I to am a newbie to the wonderful sport of snow skiing...I skied for the first time last year..( one day of lessons ) It felt so natural and what a Rush......I am going back this weekend and will be taking more lessons, so I can learn how to turn better and hopefully learn how to stop and slow down without the snow plow thing. I have been bitten extremely Hard, its all I think about...I want to move to the Mountains so I can get in lots of fun on the slopes.......SKI ON.....................Leisa
post #22 of 22
I skied two days in March of 2001 when a friend invited me to Breck so he could "teach me how to ski". I had crap for clothes and the rental gear wasn't much better but somehow I loved every second of it. Fast forward to Mothers Day 2002. I meet my spouse to be who is a 16 year ski veteran. Like a shark smelling blood she gets after me to take it up and I dive in. I went as far as to get a second job in a local ski shop selling clothes. Still work there. Skied 22 times last year and hope to equal or beat that this year. Got married to ski chick three months ago and that cements a life of skiing. Working at the shop has fed the fire and saved huge amounts of greenbacks on equipment and clothing. I'm all in and I love it! Look forward to future discussions and story telling with y'all!
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