THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST EVER SKI EXPERIENCE IN THE US

6 Things I Learned From My First Ever Ski Experience in the US

By Ricardo Bastos Dias

As a Portuguese guy in New Hampshire, the most foreign part of my trip here has been the winter. Very quickly, I noticed that almost everyone here, except me, - seems to be a skier. Our lack of snow in Portugal should make it quite obvious, but I’ve never tried any type of snow sports before. Suffice to say, I’m still getting used to the snow reality.

So while I was in NH, and before the snow completely disappears, I decided to gather other a few other of my Portuguese friends and take a shot at this new sport. We decided to go to Pats Peak. I learned a lot that day, but here are the top six things I learned from my first ever ski experience as an international visitor.

1 - Taking a lesson, instead of throwing yourself to the cold snowy mountains, it’s probably the best idea to avoid falling (that much!).

2 – Trust the staff or your teachers. Pats Peak had great staff that understood our first-time fears, even when our eyes were clearly filled with terror.

3 – Have someone explain the Italian cuisine analogies before you get on the hill. There was all this talk of pizza that we Portuguese just didn’t understand!

4 – This should have been obvious but, even with the sun’s help, the top of the mountain is cold. Of course falling the number of times we did and having our faces covered in snow probably didn’t help to keep us any warmer.

5 – If your memory has been failing you recently, trust what your body is telling you. That soreness all over probably means you skied the day before.

6 - It is easier to “fall” in love with skiing than to get up. Did I mention we fell a lot?

We had a great visit to Pats Peak and I’m glad to give this sport a shot.

THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY FIRST EVER SKI EXPERIENCE IN THE US

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