Here is my story, it started off as a day trip out on the Bullet Train but went into the ski centre to get a cable car ticket and found out you can only go half way up without skiing, now should I go skiing or not. You need to remember I am in jeans and a cheap water proof jacket, no gloves and haven’t skied for about 25 yrs……. What he hell, go for it, what is the worse can happen, I have got accident insurance! I get my gear (skies, boots and poles (£22 for half day hire and half day lift pass £8) – didn't bother with snow clothes or gloves.Cable car up to the ski lift was ok, views were amazing. I am very nervous now, thinking “what have I done, I must be mad”, too late….., time to get out of the cable car and on to a ski lift.
Put my skies on, it was just like riding a bike, I must have looked a pro at the ease at which I clipped in to my bindings, wait a minute though, everyone else in proper ski clobber and I’m stood there in jeans, waterproof jacket, no gloves, no goggles…….. no turning back now…………….As the top got nearer, I was shaking like a leaf; I now have to ski off the lift without falling over……but was ok, for a short while anyway. I now have 2 choices; 1 – a rather steep slope or 2 – a not such a rather steep slope – bugger, spoilt for choices……..which one is less likely to result in injuries?What I hadn't noticed before I got on the lift, to my left, was a kids / practice slope, maybe I should have gone there first to remember how to turn and stop, too late now!
I go for number 2 – a not such a rather steep slope, which was signed posted “Edelweiss” and I think it said “beginners”, liars, the lot of them!
Skiing is easy, it’s just the slowing down, turning, avoiding people and trees and stopping that’s hard! As I was by myself, taking pictures was going to be difficult, except for some selfies, I had a brain wave, let’s take a video while I am skiing, what a great idea (until I crash and burn trying to film my self).
Spent the next 2 ½ hrs having a brilliant time, up and down the ski lifts, like a pro, one local Japanese guy said “you no cold” (in his best English), as he looked at me in my wet jeans and blue hands, “no” I said, I am quite warm thank you!
Anyway, second to last run was down a snow board run by mistake, not really designed for skiers, took me a good while to negotiate a small but rather steep slope.
Last run of the day was past a “Love Bell”, gave it a ring babes and said “I love you Sue” before shooting off down the hill one last time for a well-deserved apple and cinnamon crepe.
What am I saying....this place is great if you are are beginner, would have to agree with others about short runs but hey, for a day out, I had great fun, even at the end of the session so it must be magic during the session. You won't be disappointed!
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