1. Go at your own speed. Everyone else does.
2. If you fall down, just get back up and keep going. What other choice do you have?
3. Don’t overdress. You’ll be working hard out there, so you may be cold in the beginning but it won’t last.
4. A little piece of chocolate at the half-way mark is a good little addition to any ski outing, even if it’s first thing in the morning.
5. Be grateful that your body is capable of doing physical activity. Don’t ever take that for granted.
6. Bring an extra pair of light-weight gloves so when your hands warm up, you’re not sweating uncontrollably and therefore uncomfortable.
7. Let your thoughts take you where they will.
9. Even though there’s rocks under the snow, are you still scared? Or have you tricked your mind that because you can’t see them, they’re not there?
10. A friend is trying to teach me about waxable skis, since I’ve only owned one pair of skis and they’re waxless. Here’s my take-away from it: grip, not slip. Especially going up hills. So if the skis grip the slope, you don’t slip backwards, and you don’t have to exert as much energy as you do when you slip.
11. There is no better way to start the morning than in the woods, listening to the “swoosh swoosh swoosh” of your skis on the snow, watching the sun rise, listening to the babbling brook and feeling so alive… even if the calendar does say it’s spring.