August 21, 2014

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Light Rain

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Conditions at Parkersburg, Mid Ohio Valley Regional Airport, WV
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Why I Love Skiing

Not every weatherman enjoys skiing, but there's a reason why.

It probably comes as no surprise that I'm a skier.

Not every week, nor every month, but once or twice a year, I like to hit the slopes. 

 Why not any more often?  I'll let you in on a secret.  I'm not that good.

Oh sure, I'm more than six feet tall, and I'm somewhat reasonably fit, but that doesn't cut it on the first  day of the season, when you get out on the slopes.

Many skier start practicing, getting into shape, doing thrusts and lunges, strengthening the legs, core, back and building up some much needed muscles.  And many of us don't prep enough.  But I'm one of the first to admit that I get sore after a half day of using new muscles.  (A soak in a hot tub is very attractive, if one can be found.)

But I wasn't always a skier.  Back in my school days, I didn't ski at all.  It wasn't until my sister took me out on a small slope and dragged me up a tow rope that I got my first taste.  Too bad she didn't tell me how to stop when she pushed me off the Bunny Hill!   Later, my future wife took me out for a few runs down the same resort in Michigan, but it wasn't great powder nor great skiing.  It was cold though.  And I learned the basics.

For just a few hours each week, our municipality would run a van some 45 minutes up the highway to find this ski resort at reduced rental and lift prices.  And so, we developed an interest, at reduced rates.  And we would go on Wednesdays for about ten weeks in the winter in Michigan.

By the time we moved out to Utah for a year after getting married, we were in powder, but couldn't afford to take off from work to go ski.  Still, we invested in some warm ski jackets and started to assemble our gear slowly.   Our interest slumbered on, until we had kids.

It wasn't until the local ski club invited me to join that my interest in skiing really blossomed.  It makes it so much more enjoyable when you have a group of friends who organize a trip, plan the details, and give you a package price.  I would encourage anyone thinking of trying the sport to link up with a club, or some experienced skiers to give you advice.

And, of course, any resort will not only have rental skis available, but also ski lessons. A little instruction from a skilled instructor will go a long way to allow you to enjoy the sport.

Now, I don't go every weekend, but I try to go once a month for a weekend or a one day trip.  And while we may not be flush with money, there are bargains to be had... if you look for them.

And that's why I'm into skiing, thanks to the Ohio Valley Ski Club.  But also, if you can't enjoy the snow, you're going to be miserable in the Midwest during the winter, so why not invest in some warm clothes, make a sport out of it, and have some fun.  After all, spring is only three months away.

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