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Here Comes Spring, Now Let’s Go Ski!

What does one do when the weather threatens to turn fine?

Why, hang on to the last vestiges of the cold, of course.

Why, hang on to the last vestiges of the cold, of course.

So off the duo went in search of some snow in the Vosges.

So off the duo went in search of some snow in the Vosges.

In fact, a few weekends ago, GodzillaPin had the idea of going skiing, but seeing how it takes 2 hours to drive to the Vosges from Metz, and it was already about 11am when he thought of it, the idea was shelved. This weekend however, they were awake at 7am, ready to roll.

They don't own their own equipment, but not to worry, there are plenty of ski hires around.

They don’t own their own equipment, but not to worry, there are plenty of ski hires around.

They stopped to hire skis here because the sign said in French “the last ski hire before the station”. This is A LIE. A blatant, blatant lie that made them feel quite bitter because they struggled for a good long time to fit the skis into GodzillaPin’s car. Well evidently, you could hire ski gear at the station itself. Of course, seeing how the Ninja Turtle has never gone skiing in her life, she didn’t know this. GodzillaPin conveniently forgot this option even existed. Oh well.

A short drive later, they arrived at the slopes!

A short drive later, they arrived at the slopes!

The Ninja Turtle was frankly quite hesitant about skiing – hurtling down a slippery slope of ice at great speed is not exactly her idea of fun, especially not since her accident back in November from falling 2.5m onto concrete from a mate’s loft in Adelaide (which resulted in a nasty combination of hospital+morphine) still gives her frequent recurring nightmares. Nonetheless, there’s a first time for everything, and she had to at least give it a try before dismissing skiing completely, right?

Whoopsie! Two steps in and she's experienced her first fall.

Whoopsie! Two steps in and she’s experienced her first fall.

Nonetheless, GodzillaPin’s patient guidance and explanations slowly gave her courage a little boost, so it was up the slopes they went.

Look, if the little children can do it, surely it's not that difficult, right? RIGHT?!?!

Look, if the little children can do it, surely it’s not that difficult, right? RIGHT?!?!

A few practice tries down the little slope later, it was time for the big one. (OK fine, it was the next slope up from the baby slope, but it was big enough for the Ninja Turtle.)

Yikes, it's a long way down!

Yikes, it’s a long way down!

True story, the Ninja Turtle fell standing on flat ground, but not once while she was skiing. Ain’t that weird?

Off went the Ninja Turtle, desperately trying not to vomit in fear.

Off went the Ninja Turtle. She may look like she knew what she was doing, but she was desperately trying not to vomit in fear.

One roll down the big slope was one attempt too many. For a moment, she found herself picking up more speed than she cared for, and her brain froze in panic mode. Mental images of crashing into someone or something, or hitting a bump of ice that’d send her airborne filled her mind. So she did the only thing she could think of right then, which was to change directions, and proceeded to wind her way down to the bottom.

It may have looked like a stunning performance, but she was shaking so badly by the end of it, and was ready to call it a day. Besides, the ski shoes were killing her feet and shins, which is really not ideal, given how she’s still trying to get back into top form after last week’s marathon. So, she sat herself down and took a break, while GodzillaPin refreshed himself quickly before running off to attempt the monster slopes.

Yup, nothing like a bit of booze to help with the balance.

Yup, nothing like a bit of booze to help with the balance.

It was a fun afternoon, and certainly a change from all the weekend racing. GodzillaPin got to do a bit of what he enjoyed, and the Ninja Turtle tried something new for the first time in her life. That said, there was no sweeter moment than when she finally took off those heavy cumbersome skis, and felt light on her feet once more!

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