My First Ski Course
The first time on skis; daring to make the first cautious turns on the piste and making new friends without Mum and Dad: the first ski course is an exciting experience for children. Often the passion for mountains in general and especially for skiing is aroused during these days. Six-year old Marie tells us with sparkling eyes about her first ski course in the Salzburger Saalachtal.
“We're going on holiday, we're going on holiday…!“, I can't sit quietly in the car any longer, so I sing as loudly as I can. Mum and Dad laugh and sing along. And it really is true, we are going on holiday and not just any old holiday – this time it is something really special. We're going on a skiing holiday! And I'm allowed to do a ski course alone because I'm big enough now. I'm so excited! I wonder what the other children on the ski course will be like? Hopefully there will be lots of nice girls and not so many daft boys who only want to do silly things. Maybe I'll find a new friend?
Making turns, stopping and riding a magic carpet
I'm taking my first steps on the piste. That's not too hard. The difficult part is coming now:
we have to ski down for the first time. Lisa shows us that we have to put our hands on our knees and make a pizza slice with the skis. Yes, really, that's what it's called. It's not easy to do all of that at the same time. After a few exercises without skiing down, we have to line up one behind the other and Lisa waits for us further down. I'd really like to hold Ella's hand and ski together but Lisa already told us that it is even more difficult. My heart is beating so loudly that I can hear it in my head. Now it's my turn. I start off and make my first turn. And it really works. I've made a turn without falling over! But stopping is unfortunately more difficult than making turns and Lisa catches me. But I'm not the only one. So we do this until we come to the magic carpet. Dad was right – the magic carpet is like a flat escalator which you just have to stand on it. One time I almost miss getting off because you have to watch carefully and be quick. If riding on the lift is as much fun as the magic carpet I'm really looking forward to it!
Skiing with Bobo and Lofino
Later, when we can do everything a bit better, we play a couple of games. One time Lisa skis in front of us and waggles her arms – like a bird before it flies away. We all copy this and laugh a lot because it looks so funny. Then Bobo and Lofino come and practise with us! Bobo is a penguin and Lofino is a small, green dragon. Both live in the Almenwelt Lofer, says Lisa. At the end we get to ride on Lofino's magic train and Lofino rides along with us! He nearly doesn't fit in because he is so fat.
The first day is over
While we are eating in the evening, Mum and Dad ask how the ski course was. At first I don't know where to begin because I did so many things! I tell them everything we learned and that Ella is really nice and that I also want to be a ski instructor. Then I can stay here all winter and go skiing. I'm looking forward to tomorrow already!