This week, Scott
and I went skiing for the first time ever. What happens when you take a
grown woman from the flat lands of Hamburg, Germany, up to the Loveland
Ski Area (
in Colorado and put her on skis for the first time? She has a blast,
falls a few times and realizes that it’s really the ski lift that is the
most intimidating aspect of it all.

Of course, because that
German woman is me, I also had to film the adventure of skiing for the
first time. Equipped with a GoPro on my helmet, I was hoping I’d bring
you some awesome point-of-view shots of sailing, traversing or slowly
creeping (it’s all a matter of perspective) down the mountain.

Unfortunately, in a perfect storm scenario, the GoPro chestmounts were
sold out in town so I had to put it on my helmet, the camera was
pointing down instead of straight ahead, we were too busy learning how
to make it back down from the mountain to really check the camera’s
position, the GoPro doesn’t have a playback option for me to check the
footage and…. last but not least, I probably looked on the ground a
lot more than up ahead. Typical beginner. Long story short, the GoPro
footage showed more of my skis and shadow than the beautiful

To make the best of it, I added a good amount of ski
lift footage, a shot filmed by our awesome instructor Jim (aka Jungle
Jim) of me skiing and spiced it all up with some (I hope you get the
irony) metal music by my friend Jason Matherne.
And I don’t mean his song “Bloody Hell” is ironic, it’s great. But
uh… yeah, we’re not fast metalhead badass skiers… obviously.

huge thank you to Harry, the ski instructor supervisor, who showed us
the very basics in the morning and to Jungle Jim, who patiently taught
us moves and confidence going downhill and skied backwards to film us,
in the afternoon. We were both so impressed by how accommodating,
friendly and patient everyone was with us first-timers. I highly
recommend the Loveland Ski Area and to take lessons when you’re just
starting out. A full-day beginner’s course costs $90.
I definitely will try to make it out there again (with one of my
visitors from Germany) before the mountain closes for the season on May

Additional thank you to Amanda Reed for letting me borrow her gear and Peter Verchick for lending me the GoPro again!

but not least, a special shout-out to the girl skiing in the long skirt
(last shot) – you made me feel like I was in Brooklyn again, jogging
alongside a hasidic girl in a long skirt and a wig. Multi-culti for the

For this excursion and video, I also shot a vlog to give a
little background. As soon as that is online, I will post a link here…

Scott Solary and Jim Legere (aka Jungle Jim) about to ski down the mountain in the Loveland Ski Area

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