Learning To Ski Part Two: Proof I Can Be Outdoorsy

Real Snow Indoors At The Chill Factore
Today has been a day of firsts. The first time I've been to the Chill Factore without needing someone to chaperone me in. The first time I've skied 'fluidly' without shaking like a shitting dog and most importantly the first time I've treated myself to a snazzy bobble hat. (If you're thinking that sounds like a compulsive purchase made on the back of a high after a successful ski lesson then you're wrong, I'm going to wear it allllll the time. I really neeeeed it, ok).

A few weeks ago I went to the Chill Factore for a Beginners Day Lesson. To say I was nervous is the understatement of the year. If you haven't already, you can read why I had a meltdown and why I pushed through it here.
On the back of that post, Chill Factore offered me a follow up lesson to the day course as part of their Guarantee To Ski promotion. In a nutshell if you're not slope ready by the end of your course they'll give you one additional level 3 lesson for free! I snapped their hand off before I could say how do you snow plough again
The first time I pulled up in the car park I couldn't even bring myself to look at the building. It looks terrifying for a beginner doesn't it! I was still apprehensive second time round, wondering what I'd be able to remember, but nowhere near as afraid as I was the first time.

The Beginners Level 3 lesson lasts for just under 2 hours. It begins with a warm up on the learner slope, getting to grips with your snow plough turns again, and touching on parallel skiing before heading over to the main slope. Only a third of the way up. No meltdown necessary!
Chill Factore Learner Slope
After today's lesson my confidence has improved so much. Something clicked, and it wasn't my hip.
As a novice I was afraid of literally everything. Afraid of falling, of not knowing how to use the equipment, afraid of the lifts (even on the learner slope). 
As it starts to click the fear starts to fade. A few weeks ago I was clinging on to the lift for dear life with a severe case of dry mouth. Today I actually found it quite relaxing.

IF IT DOESN'T CHALLENGE YOU, IT WON'T CHANGE YOU!

I don't usually use say this but I was 'buzzing' after the class. I was just on such a high and so pleased with how much I've improved. If I can do it, so can you!
The instructor, Callum, had so much enthusiasm for skiing and for helping us beginners get to grips with the basics. 
My boyfriend is the same (enthusiastic about skiing that is, not helping beginners. I can still picture his face the very first time I took to the slopes before any lesson whatsoever. No woman can pull off lying on your back with your legs akimbo, skis in the air, wide eyed with panic and unable to get up. Think ladybug the wrong way up with skis on. He did help me, but for the sake of our relationship professional intervention was necessary).
Those in the know have such a love for the sport and this is partly what drives me to learn. I want to experience what all the fuss is about. That and the chance to get a swanky ski suit for Apres Ski activities. As it happens I might have had one well earned glass of Pinot Grigio in The Sports Bar after the lesson. We've all got to start somewhere. Apres Ski Me Up!
Are you tempted to give it a whirl?? The slopes not the pinot! What puts you off? Ask away if there's anything you'd like to know. One successful lesson without falling on my arse makes me a pro right?
TOP TIP: You need a pound coin for the changing room lockers. You're welcome.
To book a lesson and for less focus on bobble hats check out the Chill Factore site here! As for me? The top of the main slope is calling!!! Bloody hell!
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