Monday, January 13, 2014

The Joy and Fun of Skiing

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Now, don't get me wrong, I don't skii, but I do love snowshoeing.
Me, Snowshoeing in the Woods
My fear of skiing is really due to several reasons: 1) I have semi-fear of heights. 2) I have poor balance and afraid of falling ( the falling part stems from fear of heights). 3. And I am afraid of speed! However, I can not deny the fact of seeing happy faces whenever we are in a skiing resort. Also, whenever it is winter, I am seeing a lot of kids trying their skii boots on at REI, and the beam of happiness they are showing in their faces tell me that there is so much joy in skiing and snowboarding as much as I feel so much joy in hiking and snowshoeing. Sometimes, when I get in line to pay for the supplies we bought at REI, I can't help but smile seeing the joyful smiles of kids as they hug their skii board, all ready probably to go to Big Bear or Mammoth, the popular skiing resorts for Southern Californians.

Though skiing requires some degree of physical fitness, but the joy you see from skiers are contagious. One of my co-teacher who is an avid skier would describe to me that nothing can beat the feeling of having accomplished something out of the ordinary, and topped with the beautiful mountain scenery.
photocredit: Ski in Argentina
One of the places on Earth that tops my wish list to see is Argentina.
photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Geographically, Argentina is very diverse, and I know I must go here while my legs are still strong to enjoy its mountain slopes( just hiking and snowshoeing for me, but I must try to practice ice climbing in California Sierras probably so that I can enjoy exploring Patagonia more when I get there :) . Aside from glaciers, rainforest, waterfalls, amazing desert landscapes, Argentina also is a haven of many skii resorts. 
photo credit: Cerro Chapelco Skii Resort
There are numerous Argentina Skii Resorts for skii lovers to enjoy. Aside from Cerro Chapelco, there is also Cerro Cathedral Ski Resort, and many more skiing heaven to enjoy.
Skiing at Cerro Cathedral Ski Resort ( photo courtesy of the site )
For now, I can just dream of seeing the gorgeous mountain sceneries of Argentina, but while I dream about that, I am also enjoying my "everyday feels like a vacation" mode, here in San Diego :) 
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17 comments:

  1. Betchai I think we are long lost sisters, I have the same fears. The only skiing I have ever done is water skiing, and that was a thrill for sure. Snow skiing, I am not sure I will ever try.

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  2. You're a brave lady in my book, trying out new things all the time.

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  3. I used to ski, but had to stop due to a knee injury. The last time I skied, I spent most of my visit in the infirmary. It is fun and I do miss it. I would love to teach my girls to ski.

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  4. This looks like fun! But I think we will skip this for now, too cold!

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  5. I have been here in Maine for almost 3 years now and would you believe I still have not gone skiing? I have not even been the ski slope yet and the only winter activities I did are the ones that hubby loves to do and skiing sad to say is not one of them. Maybe someday.

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  6. Hi Bets, we have the same fear of heights, even driving in the winding canyons! First time to know snowshoeing. Will check this out.
    P.S.The sunrise photo was taken in Olancha, the gateway to DV on the 395. It was fresh fallen snow from the rain last Tuesday and we were there in time to enjoy and see it. The downside was we left at 2:30am and it was a freezing drive, but well worth it. Now I know why you love our National Parks. It is our second road trip and we it more adventurous than the first one.

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  7. Snowshoing? That's something new. :D

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  8. I've always wanted to try skiing, Argentina looks beautiful!

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  9. Yes, one of the things in my to-do list, skiing! Wishful thinking! The photos here are so inviting! Maybe we can go together, friend! :)

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  10. Have never attempted skiing. I think it's a dangerous sporting activity...although it would be nice to try it out. But I hate winter cold.

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  11. Although it does look like fun, I've always been a little afraid to ski. I think it's because of my balance issues. However I'd love to sit on something and just ride the slopes :) You look like you are having so much fun

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  12. This is something that the younger generation would love to do..Beautiful pictures as always!

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  13. and i thought for a while it was you skiing

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  14. thanks for all your checking, me and baby are doing fine btw

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  15. You pick up skiing very quickly and then you can just slide around, but it takes forever to do tricks.

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  16. Hey, I have the same fears! 1, 2, 3! Wow, though I went skiing a couple of times with friends, I can say, I did a lot of standing still, and falling on my butt!

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  17. someday, i want to try skiing too... in Korea or Whistler. :D

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