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My first day skiing Austria was completely amazing. It really got me skiing again and, at the end of the first day, I felt I was starting to get the hang of it all over again. It was fantastic to get back on real snow, much much better than the artificial stuff at Hemel Hempstead.
But today I had a few falls and managed to even fall getting off the travelator (a kind of moving carpet). It bruised my bum a bit but I did find it very funny, maybe I need to get some of those padded Rhino pants designed for snowboarders to protect my bum bit more.
On my last few runs this afternoon, still on the beginners slope, I was even managing to link four or five turns without falling and managing to stay in control.
Today has really taken me back to when I first started skiing at the age of 4 and 5, on the beginners slopes again but I'm determined to get off them as soon as I can just like I did back then.
I'm skiing on a single ski rather than two like normal but with two Outriggers, effectively like crutches but with small skis on the end. It's a slightly different way of skiing to before but I'm getting the hang of it bit by bit. Mind you, this morning was a bit of an expedition with so much equipment to take; wheelchair crutches, outriggers, skis, boots et cetera, not to mention even a stool for me to sit on when I started to get tired and needed a break. It was all there. I think I need to travel lighter.
I'm now wearing my new Rhino pants that Dad got me yesterday (these are the padded boxer type shorts that snow boarders often wear under their salopettes to protect hips etc) - a good start to the day and now it won't matter how many times I fall!
Dad has said that I need to get up the mountain by the end of the week so I worked hard today. I finally got onto the T-bar and onto the first blue run of the week.
Ben tried to ski one legged with me but found it hard, even managing to make me look good. We were all surprised at how much speed I had going down and I managed to complete the nursery run for the first time without falling over.
I can't wait to until the next few days. Sarah has promised to take me on the gondola right up the mountain.
It was the sunniest day so far today and today we had the most time yet on the slopes.
Dad thought I'd cracked the T-bar but to be honest it felt more like I'd cracked a rib when I fell off it, but never mind. I managed to progress further up the mountain and skied pretty well down a whole blue. I promised Matt I would take his flag to the top of the mountain and tomorrow is the day. The plan is to take the gondola tomorrow morning and stay high all day, maybe around 2300 metres or so and then hopefully ski all the way down to the resort at 1500.
(BEN) It was great to see Seb skiing so well but the best thing was him challenging me once again (at a race!) He is doing so well and I hope that tomorrow up high in the mountains it will give him unbelievable confidence for upcoming runs. But certainly I know he'll want a challenge.
Well what a day! All the way to the top of the mountain and all the way down, twice!
I managed to ski from the main station near the top at 2300 Metres down to the resort at 1500, via a combination of reds and blues. It was a real thrill, just like old times with Mum trailing behind, Dad with his phone videoing the action and Ben off in the trees trying to find some off-piste jumps.
I was determined to join my “stuntmeister” brother later in the day and after the end of the session with coach Sara I found some jumps off the edge of the piste with Ben (I'm pretty sure mum thinks Ben is a bad influence!!) and had some fun trying to land them. Mostly successful but I did manage to eat some snow in the process! A record distance but a record number of falls! I do though find it really hard to get up when I fall and I know there is a technique to it and needless to say Dad wishes I would learn it very soon.
Just for fun the second time down Sara brought me down the "canyon of Joy" in the bi-ski, a type of sit ski contraption that has two skis underneath and can go very fast with the right person at the helm! I certainly found that out today!
So more fun tomorrow, another trip to the top of the mountain for my last day, can't wait!
My last day on the snow today and a fab one at that to finish off the week. Up in the Gondola again but this time we took a chairlift from just below the Gondola to the very top (my first chair which was a new experience!) of the mountain at about 2500 metres.
A fantastic view (check out the pictures) and what better place to produce Matt’s flag. Mission accomplished at last. Good conditions today and the runs back to resort were really good fun.
Being able to ski again is just a great feeling. It feels a long way from that first lesson at Hemel back in November but step by step we got there. James and Peter at Hemel and now Sara and Andy here in Hoch Fugen have been amazingly supportive and helped so much to make this possible. It just shows that with the right support you can make things happen if you just go for it.
And sitting here in the hotel on the last evening writing the blog our thoughts are already about next year’s trip. Can’t wait!!
Seb gets back on the slopes again
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