Instructor Tim Maynard demonstrates the pizza stance, which helps new skiers control their speed.
Every beginner learns the pizza stance first, which helps them control their speed. “Don’t worry, I’ll be their to catch you,” Maynard assures a clearly intimidated Priscilla. She and the three other beginners find their ski legs and make it to the bottom. As the morning progresses, the beginners learn how to link turns and master how to stop. Well, almost every time.
Yes, there were a number few spills, (but no one got hurt!) more speed than some wanted – but mostly, a lot of laughs. No question, these adults found it daunting to take up a new sport and having to overcome a fear of failing – and falling. But with Maynard’s encouragement and demonstrations, you could see everyone gaining confidence in their S turns.
“This is a very strong group,” declared Maynard. “As long as they continue on this same trajectory, they should be able to make it to the Bronze chair (lift) after lunch.”
But, to take the pressure off, he adds, “Don’t be too worried about being too fantastic straightaway.”
Over lunch, Alvin says: “This is a lot more fun than I expected.”
Priscilla’s thankful for a couple of things. “Well, I haven’t hurt myself yet; I feel a bit better now that I know how to stop.”
As the group heads back to the bunny hill, Alvin assures Priscilla, “You’re going to be alright . . . See you at the bottom.”