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The Dream

My Dream Mountain, Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

My childhood dream was to ski in Zermatt, below the Matterhorn mountain. A few years ago this dream got real as i invited my wife to join me for a skiing trip.

The only problem: she actually never learned how to ski.

So I decided to help her learn and she decided to give it a try. And what a try that was. On the positive side, there was New Year 2017, we started our journey a few days ago.

But on the more demanding side, at around 3000m it was -15 degrees Celsius and wind blowing hard, sometimes even more than 70km/h. Not at all the easiest conditions, especially for someone that practically never skied before.

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The First Day

Grächen St.Niklas Ski Resort Map

We decided to start learning right after New Years, nearby Zermatt, in the Grächen, St.Niklaus Ski Resort.

Grächen is superfriendly, nice and beautiful Ski Resort, that can accomodate families, beginners, but also more demanding skiers alike.

First day was a great success. My wife stepped on the skis for the first time and she did it with grace and enthusiasm. We learned some basics, how to move, how to stop and how to control the speed.

At first, she was really really afraid of the speed, so she developed an innovative stopping system – falling down intentionally. This was rather difficult thing to make her stop doing – and not a very pleasant for her to practice in the first place. But, after a day’s worth of falling, standing up and mastering basic skills, she was able to move fairly good, although also rather hurt and a bit pissed – the falling (and me yelling at her) took the toll, of course.

I was called a terrible teacher before.

End of the first day, happy wife, happy life
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The Struggle

Riding the ski lift can be challenging

After the wonderful day at the mountain and romantic dinner at the top of it, the next day was going to be intermediate learning and more demanding excercises.

The falling-breaking system was no longer tolerated.

The motivation was: if she learns to ski properly, we are going to ski in the Zermat the very next day. So she did!

We were soooo excited.

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The Review

After two days of practice the first more demanding slope and some fun on it
More of the same slope with first steps into the unknown
Mastering the previous excercise is a good practice to enjoy skiing
And the final video of already proper skiing and having fun along the way