Monday, January 10, 2011

skis 1 Jessica 0

Saturday morning, Jason and I woke up  bright and early at 0 dark thirty at 0300 to ride a bus 5 hours to Iwaparra to go skiing/snowboarding with some friends.  


I've been snowboarding about a dozen times but I've never skied, so I decided I wanted to try skiing.  Jason has never done either and he also decided to give skiing a try.  One of us was more successful that the other...

This photo of us and some of our friends was taken about 2 minutes before I sat down in that exact spot and cried because I was so scared!


Like I said, I've snowboarded numerous times and I've never experienced this intense irrational fear before.  I have no idea what came over me but I was TERRIFIED!   I wanted to get back on the ski lift and ride it down but I had no idea how to explain this to the Japanese workers so I had to get down on my own somehow.  It took me almost an hour and a half and LOTS of tears, but I made it.  I was in so much pain from trying make a damn "slice of pizza" that I immediately ripped those stupid skis off and went and forked over an extra 3500 yen for boots and a snowboard!  The rest of the day was SO MUCH FUN!  Now I can say I've tried skiing and I will NEVER do it again.  This girl is officially a snowboarder for LIFE!

The husband on the other hand, yeah, he picked it up as easily as I picked up snowboarding the 1st time I tried it.  He was FLYING down the mountain in NO time!


The friends we went with all had a great time





and the views were out of this world


as for me, after I switched to a snowboard...

I was loving life!

It was definitely a day I will never forget!

8 comments:

Kara said...

I've never snowboarded and only skied once. It was in Germany (gorgeous), but I will never do it again. Scared the crap out of me. The pics are pretty though! Complete opposite weather of here.

Ashley said...

I haven't ever tried either -- One day...maybe haha =) those view are GORGEOUS!

Beth said...

I'm totally the opposite of you! I've never snowboarded, but I've basically been skiing all my life. I don't know if I would have even been able to make it down the mountain if you put me on a snowboard! It looks like you guys had an awesome time and I'm totally jealous!

JG said...

Wow, those views are amazing! I don't know why, but skiing always sounded easier to me than snow boarding. Guess I'll try snowboarding one day when the time comes!

Pam said...

I love skiing! The views were so beautiful!

Mrs. K said...

Beautiful pictures! I grew up skiing on winter vacations so when we moved to Alaska, I thought I'd ski all the time. When I got there, the same "intense, irrational fear" you spoke of enveloped me, too and I could not get down the mountain. I find the older I get, the more of a scaredy cat I become. It was so frustrating and it took me about an hour and a half also- kept falling! I think skiing classes are in order for me next time. Or maybe I should try snowboarding! That seems pretty difficult, too though. Glad your day got better!

~Debra said...

Absolutely beautiful photos, Jes!

Now you are going to think we are totally looney but we are trying to find a place where we can take the kids just to see some snow. We're from southern Texas so, yea no snow. ha! Do you have any recommendations? We're not looking to ski or snowboard. We just want to see snow! ha! :-)

Michelle A'etonu said...

beautiful pics! that's funny...I've skied, but never snowboarded and i'm terrified to try it!