I’ve never been a sporty person. Heck, I never did well in sports nor excelled in it. Physical Education (PE) is a subject that I didn’t really like in school. I was one of the chubby girls then and it has always been a struggle for me to do those pull-ups, sit-ups or run on the track. On the other hand, the Man is quite the opposite from me. He’s the one that always excelled in sports and even have a couple of trophies under his belt.
So when he booked us a trip to Club Med Sahoro some 5 years ago, I was debating what winter-sport I should try out. Should it be skiing or snowboarding? He suggested that I go straight and give snowboarding a shot. He thought it might be a little easier for the not-so-sporty me and since I didn’t really have the hand/leg coordination skills to boast of, trying to manage skis and the poles might be pretty challenging. Well, I bought into the rationale and my love-hate affair with snowboarding began.
When we used to lived in Japan, we would go on weekend snowboarding trips. I didn’t really enjoy it for I fell hard on my knees and bum. My knees would be badly bruised and I would ache all over. I was always the last person in the group and felt bad that the entire group had to wait for me while I slowly tumbled my way down. I made really slow progress and sometimes wonder why in the world am I doing this, torturing myself for a sport that I never really liked in the first place.
It was only after my 5th trip that I started to get the hang of the moves and that’s when I slowly fell in love with the sport. It’s been a good 5 years since our journey started, it wasn’t and still isn’t easy for me. There are days when I fall so badly that I wonder why in the world am I doing this? Then I pick myself up from the snow, start to struggle ahead. I’m still the last person in the group (told you I’m not very good at sports) but I guess the adrenaline rush of controlling the board and gliding on the snow overwhelms me. Plus, now we live in the epicenter of the French Alps, it would be a total waste to not indulge in this winter sport before we pack our bags and return to our sunny shores.
I’ve decided to start a new category called ‘adventures in snowboarding‘ under Lady J in Geneva. I’ll be listing all our adventures in snowboarding plus doing a little rating of the places that we’ve been to this Winter season. The ratings are strictly based on how me as a ‘baby-boarder’ and the Man as a ‘advanced boarder’ enjoyed boarding in the various mountains.
I usually do a couple of blue/green/red runs. The Man does mostly red/black runs. So rating is purely personal and how we both feel boarding on the slopes in these mountains.
So check out Lady J’s adventures in snow-boarding if you wish to find out which mountains to check out if you’re heading to Europe for some snowboarding. I’m slowly building the list and will be reviewing Gstaad, Courchevel and hopefully Chamonix (again) plus Megeve soon.
[Photo credit: B-Sin from the BEST family]