Tahoe, California, United States
How To Not Ski Down a Mountain
Step 1: Go skiing on a very popular holiday weekend
Step 2: Follow your husband and friends to the steepest part of the mountain ‘to avoid the crowd’.
Step 3: Choose the ominous run devoid of ‘recently groomed’ sign
Step 4: Do not stop and wonder why the particular run is empty despite of Step 1
Step 5: Completely ignore the impending sense of dread as you look down the precipice of what seems to be a 90 degree drop
Step 6: Freak out and curse your beloved husband really loud as you unexpectedly slide the first 15 ft down
Step 7: Slide a further 10 ft down while trying to stand up
Step 7a (optional): Give the 7 year old girl who just skied passed you the ‘death stare’ and wish her a lifetime of wearing braces
Step 8: Fall ungracefully on your side and uncontrollably roll down the slope until stopped by a big mound of powder
Step 9: Spend 5 minutes extricating yourself from the said mount of powder
Step 10: Repeat step 8 and 9 until you reach the bottom
Step 11: Congratulate yourself that you just ‘roll’ down the steepest run in the resort with a steaming cup of hot chocolate with extra whip cream.
Then write about it.
If you’re curious, the resort we went to was Northstar-at-Tahoe and the run is called ‘Stampede’. With a name like that maybe I should’ve known better?