We followed up our day of sledding with three days of skiing. Anyone can enjoy sledding from day one, but skiing requires some practice. So the group split up based on their experience. We had the full range of skill represented from "Never stood on skis in my life" over "Skied once as a teenager" to "Going heli skiing in Alaska". The three "ski bunnies" Anita, Anke and Sarah took beginner's lessons with a private instructor. According to my cousin Anton, leading the group of "Crazy Canadians", if you've seen one groomed slope you've seen them all. Consequently they headed off piste with the very first lift up the mountain. Most of the rest of us tried to keep up with them.
This was my first powder and off-piste experience on a brand new pair of skis to boot. The best I can say for my skiing is that I survived. Any considerations for style went out the window as I tried to stay upright. It was a total blast! I can absolutely see the appeal of powder skiing off the beaten path. I still need some practice though... Following Anton, Tracy and their kids was quite impressive. Where any sane person avoids tree stumps, boulders and cliffs they'd just see them as another opportunity for stunts and head straight for them. This was some of the steepest skiing I've done and the "neon devil" kids were completely fearless. Once Anton decided that "it goes", Tor would just rush past him.
Meanwhile the ski bunnies advanced from the baby slopes in the valley to proper blue runs up on the mountain. All three of them were having a good time, so the seeds have been planted ;-)
Thank you so much everyone for staying on after the wedding and making this a truly memorable week!