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Old 14.02.2011, 21:13
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Snow all well above tree line where I learnt, so one obstacle I didn't have to worry about.
Don't knock the trees. They broke the OP's fall. Let's hear it for the trees!
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I should have stuck to Klostermatte a while longer. Like Dani, I pushed too hard last Tuesday and broke my leg.

Maybe Dani and I should meet up at the start of next ski season and hire an instructor
Jenni, so sorry to hear about this. I know all about broken bones..have sent you an email.
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Old 16.02.2011, 13:16
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Just to say- I am recovering well . Still a few aches but 99% there! In fact have booked for the 28th for a days lesson with some friends from the uk. Feeling sick with nerves already!
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Fantastic news! Good skiing to you
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Just to say- I am recovering well . Still a few aches but 99% there! In fact have booked for the 28th for a days lesson with some friends from the uk. Feeling sick with nerves already!
Go for it Dani - remember you were fine on the kiddie run last week so you'll be fine again on the 28th

Let us know how you get on!
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Old 17.02.2011, 12:52
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Re: Airlifted after 1st day skiing....

Dani,

it is amazing the same thing happened to me ... I was not airlifted, but I broke my tailbone which is an incredibly painful asset and up to this day I cannot sit for a long time on anything harder than a pillow. I literally was lying on my stomach for eight weeks afterwards.

I was not giving a second attempt until I moved to Switzerland where I tried again going to the Flumserberg..and tada they have green slopes. Green slopes are very small and mostly only kids are on it, well I was okay with being on them for a good 2 weeks then slowly moved to the blue one which was pretty challenging still but I am managing well. I did take some lessons from a professional and I suggest you go nowhere without an instructor, their help is just all you need...

I by the way have no fear at all being on the slope and learned how not exceed a certain speed. I suggest you commit to learning to manage your speed, and having it totally under control by braking even at times where you think you don't need to. This is just my method and also to remember that I don't need to push being faster or going red or blue, I just try to have a good slide enjoying the view, even if it takes ten minutes to come down. Wish you best of luck.
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Old 17.02.2011, 13:47
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Just to say- I am recovering well . Still a few aches but 99% there! In fact have booked for the 28th for a days lesson with some friends from the uk. Feeling sick with nerves already!
Sorry to hear of your premier performance, thank goodness you hit the trees and not somebody smaller than yourself!

Enough good advice there. It is a pity your Swiss partner was not in front of you! He should have been! When you eventually go free skiing you might want to follow someone, it makes the descent much safer and easier. To get down a mountain has to be learnt: what speed to take, and where to make the turns has to be thought through on each piste, otherwise you end up in very dangerous situations as you have well learnt.

The colour schemes for the ski runs are for the average angles of descent. You could in theory still get a vertical drop with a blue route. You need to go with someone that knows the area.

Good luck for the 28th. Where are you going, -just so we know!
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Old 17.02.2011, 14:04
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My partner was in front of me and I was supposed to follow his lead but when I lost control I soon over took him! I am going to axalp on the 28th so if anyone else is around might be best to avoid the group of English speakers- I will be the one shaking like a leaf! Or at least make sure you aren't in my way - just in case I make a repeat performance. I don't want to take anyone else out if my decent! Lol.
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I haven't paid much attention in Switzerland as we normally ski at the red/black end of the scale, but when I was skiing in France a few weeks ago there were definitely four levels of skiing:

Green: Wide, flat runs suitable for absolute beginners. Several were short runs with T-bars dedicated as learner areas. Others were long, winding returns served by chair lifts.

Blue: Either moderately steep and wide or reasonably flat but narrow, not suitable for a complete novice. Anyone skiing these slopes should know how to stop and turn confidently.

Red: Intermediate slopes, mostly groomed, reasonably steep and/or narrow. Requires good ski control.

Black: Expert slopes, very steep and/or narrow, many ungroomed with moguls.
Glad to hear the OP isn't too badly injured!

The only time I ever went skiing was in France, (Val Thorens) and those were the grades offered. After 4 days of lessons on baby slopes and longer green slopes, we went on a blue and I was instantly terrified to the point that I ditched the lesson at the bottom and never went back the next day.

I've been talked into trying again and Hochstübli (spelling could be wrong?) has been recommended as a good spot that has the two things I'm looking for - wide, flat, easy slopes, and reasonably priced lessons from qualified instructors.

Now all I need is some snow...
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