When in doubt, get on a bus trip to drive you to the ski areas with snow!
While the Italian Alps are known for being a fabulous ski region, we haven't had any snow within driving distance. So I decided to get on a ski trip, sponsored by our "Outdoor Recreation" shop on post, to get to some snow. It's a great way find new places to ski & not have to spend my own money on gasoline (super expensive in Italy). And since I own my own gear, it's just the price of the bus trip & my lift ticket.
On Saturday, I woke up at 0400, walked the dogs, & got myself ready for the trip to Kronplatz. First off, it's a 3-hour drive by bus. And since I'd just woken up, I couldn't really get back to sleep. All I had for breakfast was a Clif Builder bar (chocolate mint, yum!) & a 16 oz coffee. We rolled up to the lifts at about 0830. Then it was an entire morning/afternoon of skiing!
|Look at my awesome tracks!|
|Haz a happy|
What did I learn on this ski trip?
First, Kronplatz is my new favorite ski area. Huge, wide open runs to make a newbie feel comfortable, a little bit of challenge in the blue without being extreme, & fun little lodges for hot chocolate. And I didn't fall down at all during the day, which also helps make it my new favorite.
Second, next time I'm taking my Camelbak. I only consumed 1.5L of water during the day... & yes, I kept count. Even at 26-29 degrees, I sweat a lot while I'm skiing. If I'd been smart (or not crazy tired), I'd have consumed some Gatorade when I got home. But I fell asleep on the couch instead. So next time, it's Camelbak on the slopes. Because without hydration, I feel like I spent the entire previous day intoxicated instead of on the slopes.
Thirdly, skiing is excellent cross training. I already knew this, but as I work on proper skiing form, I feel the work in different leg muscles. As I've previously written, I've been struggling with "finding the fun" in fitness activities. Skiing perks me up, works my body, & motivates me. I just wish I could do it every single day.
Now it's back to the regular routine... at least until the end of the month! Hoping to drag Mr. X to Kronplatz later this month.