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A Beautiful Day of Skiing at Stratton Mountain

Posted Feb 12 2011 8:48am

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We were blessed with a gorgeous day on the mountain yesterday! Everyone, ranging from those who spent their day on the top of the mountain enjoying moguls to me, who enjoyed a half day lesson and then a few afternoon runs on my own.

We were all out of the house by 9am, ready to take advantage of our time on the slopes!  IMG_1494 IMG_1493 IMG_1492 IMG_1495

Within minutes we had our rental gear in tow and were ready!

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Meet Debbie, my instructor for the morning!

IMG_0226 I know my ability and knew that a half day lesson would be better than trying to explore the slopes on my own and fall constantly. I’ve only skiied four times in my life and therefore still do not have the form and skills necessary to enjoy a day of skiing.

Debbie was the perfect instructor! She was patient, she had some great insight on my form and skills, and she made me laugh the entire time! One of her goals is to make sure that each student has an "instructional mantra" to remember while they are out on the slopes on their own.

IMG_0227 IMG_1509 IMG_0233 IMG_0232 IMG_0230 Even though I was limited to the lower slopes such as Tamarack, Daniel Webster, and Webster’s Way, I had a great time and perfected my form.

My mantra, by the end of the day, was "Butt, Core, Smile"

If I make sure to keep my butt lifted, core engaged, and smiling the run is 100% better! I mean really, as she said, it’s not like there is a toilet to sit down on when you’re skiing. :) The improved which she taught me yesterday meant that I’m barely sore today. A HUGE DIFFERENCE FROM LAST YEAR!

We took a quick lunch break to toast to a wonderful day on the slopes. Nothing tastes better than a cold beer mid-day!

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I spent the rest of the afternoon tending to my favorite skiier. Unfortunately, he tweaked his knee on the moguls on his last run of the morning.

But, I still had time for an hour and a half on my own. It was so much fun, especially since I didn’t fall at all which meant I was nice and dry all day!

IMG_0239 IMG_1524 IMG_1523   Next up, making dinner for 17 people and pleasing everyone! ;)

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