Watching downhill skiers on TV gives the impression that it's easy. It looks so natural, unless they take a tumble of course. Cross Country was the first skiing sport until the invention of tow lifts which brought Alpine Skiing. The Austrians, Swiss and Italians have dominated the sport. A lot of young kids in the Alps can ski as soon as they can walk and ski to school everyday.
Olympic ambitions are left to the daredevils as most people ski as a leisure pursuit. Being popular with the young, snowboarding, has joined Alpine Skiing. Racing down slopes on planks of wood does seem a crazy thing to do. I have tried it and I know how exhilarating it could be. When I was in Scotland I skied in the fog and over sheer ice. I hit a sheet of ice one day and couldn't stop myself from crashing into a tree. There was a log cabin at the top of the mountain where they sold coffee, hot chocolate and snacks. The local herd of reindeer would come up to the cabin and feed from your hand. Yes Alpine Skiing is really amazing!
My other experience of skiing was in Austria. The snow conditions and the weather were almost perfect there. Nothing can beat Alpine Skiing when the sun is shining and the snow glitters in the sunlight. Après Ski was great too and I remember drinking a lot of great wine. I stayed in a picture postcard little village in a real Alpine lodge. The village contained the most amazing church and was adorned with frescoes and gold. One day I had to put my Alpine Skiing on hold because the night before, me and my friends had rather too much schnapps at the local bar.
I would like to go skiing again and try to get better. They just open a very big dry slope near my house, and that could be a good way to get back into it again. I might even take snowboarding lessons; You don't have to be young to have all the fun. We had a trip to Innsbruck when I was in Austria and we visited the old Winter Olympics site there. I went to the top and stood where was the ski jump slope, and the incline is staggering. of what ski jumping is like from television. I am sure it must feel like flying sometimes. The only time that I ever flew was by pure accident!
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