On Thursday, February, 15th 2018, our school went to Mount Packingham for a winter activity day. On that day, you could choose to go skiing, snowboarding, or participate in the WOW program. The WOW program was just winter activities like snowshoeing, and tubing. I chose to learn how to ski because it’s really popular. Of course, skiing and snowboarding cost more.
When we got to school by school bus, we all headed towards the gym, there, we got organized into our classes, and buses. There were 6 buses in total, 3 coach buses and 3 normal school buses. We all hoped we would get a coach bus! Our bus was bus number 6 along with 6C. Unfortunately, we got stuck with the regular school bus. I sat in the back with Lilian, Sylvie, and Suhur who were also going to be going skiing, but just like me, Suhur is a beginner (never skied before). When we got there, we stayed on the bus. A lady told us information like where to go for the test (if you’ve skied/snowboarded before) and where the lessons were if it’s your first time skiing/snowboarding. Then, we got our ski/snowboard passes. They were all personalized with your name and renting equipment information. After, we got off the bus and went to the cafeteria to put our stuff down. Then we headed towards the rental hut to get our equipment. I got ski boots and put them on. They were pretty tough to put on, but I was warned it’d be way worse taking them off. Then I got my skis. You weren’t allowed ski poles until you finished the star course, which was a course that you need to do that requires skillz. Once we got our equipment, Emily (from another class) joined us. We went the first station where we learned to put our skis on, take them off, and reset them. Also beginning to get used to walking/sliding around with skis. Then we headed to the next station. At that station, we had to go down a small hill (it was like a ramp) and stop (the pizza way) at the end. The instructor thought I did it very well and let me pass. So he wrote the number 1 on my pass (to show I passed that station) and I headed to the next one. The station had a hill slightly taller. It was a taller ramp. We were supposed to go down on it and do a pizza stop again, and the second time, we had to go, stop, go and stop. After that, we went to a hill. The transportation up was a moving carpet. After, to go down the hill, you had to go around pylons that were in a line. It was pretty easy, and I passed pretty quickly. But the next station seemed a bit harder. The hill was taller and a bit steeper. You had to go around pylons, but they were separated so that you had to go to the right, then turn to the left, then right then left. It was really wide. I went down the hill 3 times until I could pass, mainly because the lines were long, and sometimes there wasn’t always an instructor watching you. Then, came the last station that requires skill. It was the same thing as the last station, just without pylons. To get up the hill you had to get pulled by a rope, which some skiiers fell because it’s a tug once you hang on to it and you need to keep your skis straight. The station was called the star test because if you’ve skied before this was the test you went through for them to decide if you were intermediate or professional. The first 2 times I did it, there was no instructor to watch, then the third time, the instructor said I had to do wider turns. And the fourth time I got half a six. He told me to do it one more time, and I did. That time I passed. Then he asked if I rode a chairlift before. I haven’t so I had to go to one more station. That station we learned how to ride a chairlift. Once the one in front of you passed, you gotta hurry and move up, and then you sit on the chairlift. Then you need to have your skis pointed up, and pull the handle bar down. After you’re almost about to land you take the handle bar up (There’s a sign that tells you to “Pull Handlebar Up Here”, so you pull it down. After that, you get off, you can choose which hills to go down. I went down the easiest way down, as many times as I could, before we had to go. It was a great day!