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elizabeth  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 30, 2019

I feel it only takes a couple days of skiiing before you can go down the easy slopes pretty confidently. It's pretty intuitive once you get into it - the trick is just to zigzag to slow down instead of trying to go straight down and brake pizza-style.

Winter sports are the only thing making winter bearable right now, enjoy!

veen  ·  202 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, we went for a week of skiing it wouldn't be an issue, but it's only 3 days of skiing. Last year was my first skiing holiday, and it was more perilous than I hoped - for some stupid reason a blue ski run can mean anything between 'kids playground' and morituri te salutant almost-black steepness in Austria. (Green doesn't exist.)

It's so bad I have been considering writing code that can pre-analyze and rank the steepness of ski runs based on DEMs for me.

I had ski lessons, but once confidence is lost it's really hard to get it back when you're on a steep as shit slope and dreading your next move. Only on the third day did I figure out which ski runs are good to practice on, and by that time it was already nearly too late. All I want this year is to whizz down a mountain at a slow and comfortable pace without breaking anything.