July 11 2024

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Spending the day in a new area (Cortina d’Ampezzo) made the decision a lot easier as I was blind to the reality of what I was letting myself in for. By the time I had reached the top, it was too late to turn back. The ‘novice skier feeling’ came rushing back as I stood staring down in fear, my body slowly freezing to the spot. It must have been funny listening to a 23 yr old telling herself to get a grip whilst gently encouraging herself down the slope – if only I could have laughed along too.

Skiing area in the Dolomites Alps. Overlooking the Sella group  in Val Gardena. Italy

I’d sussed it! The only way to get down was to let out a little scream (some might tell you these screams could be heard from the valley but I’d say that was an exaggeration) every time I pointed my ski’s downhill and then use the entire width of the slope before continuing the process. As the end neared my confidence grew (sort of) and I kept going until I was once again on flat, safe ground. Looking back at what I’d just descended, I was finally able to laugh at the whole experience as my hands trembled with adrenaline.

Skiing area in the Dolomites Alps. Overlooking the Sella group  in Val Gardena. Italy
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Yes, it may have taken an age to reach the bottom.rnNo, it wasn’t done with any hint of skill or technique.rnYes, I am a long way from bragging that I can ski black runs.rnAnd no, I am not particularly bouncing my way to the next opportunity..rnrnBUT I have officially overcome my initial fear of steep slopes and can say I have made my first step towards taking on any colour run that comes my way!rnrn(and just for the record, I would only have blamed myself if I hadn’t made the attempt).

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If after reading Kelly’s ‘Novice Skiier’ account of her first time in the Dolomites has you craving a skiing holiday, head to our Dolomiti Superski pages to discover your perfect trip. At Collett’s  are ‘the experts’ when it comes to skiing this fabulous region, having taken holiday makers to the Dolomites since 1998.

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