Super skier or about to crash and burn?
Crash and burn! Oh and right in front of a photographer too! I think I'll stick to running.
Last week we were in Italy skiing. My husband has been skiing since he was five, the eldest two have been skiing since they were about seven and this was the youngest's second trip but she may as well have been born on skiis. I on the other hand? Well in all fairness given that it was only my second trip I did all right (ish). Apparently my technique was OK and I did manage the odd red but all that I got in lessons was "Faster Beth, Faster Beth. Don't be scared. Follow me. Faaaaaaaster Beth." Oh be quiet! I mean, how natural is it to wear ridiculously heavy boots then strap your feet to two long things and whizz down a mountain? And therein lies the problem. I don't so much "whizz down" anything. It's more of a slow amble from side to side across the mountain with a few stops in between to admire the scenery (never, ever, to look down the slope).
My jacket, salopettes and gloves were all from Sports Direct last year, with my jacket and gloves being from Nevica and the trousers from Salomon. It's not cool, it's not trendy but then I pretty much ski like a dork so I'm happy looking like one. Imagine having all the gear and no idea and then falling off the ski lift like I did (more than once)! At least people don't have any expectations of me. But I will say that my ski gear is perfectly good - it keeps me warm and dry and I do love my Sweaty Betty neck warmer thingy (see, I don't even know what it's called.) So for anyone heading to the slopes for the first time, Sports Direct it a great place to start. And it means that we've all saved more for the clothes that we want to wear for the other 51 weeks of the year too. It's a win win all round!