Since the AMC trip for this weekend had been canceled, Tyson and I decided to go try out our telemark skis at a groomed area. (Tyson had gotten a pair of skis on craigslist two weeks ago, but then had to get bindings mounted and edges tuned.) Rather than just heading to a local hill, we went to Loon in the white mountains in the hope they would have better snow and more diverse terrain. By the end of the day, I think I improved my technique. The terrain was generally harder than any of the other ski areas I have been to recently. And, the whole day, I kept getting winded after skiing very short distances. Tyson wasn’t having as much trouble, so either somehow his technique is more efficient than mine, or he has stronger leg muscles. The other thing that kept happening to me was that after stopping to rest, sometimes I would start back up with my skis completly in control and carve nice turns, and sometimes I had two left feet. I can’t say the two left feet occurred less often by the end of the day, but the results got less disastrous, and when my skis were in control I got so I could confidently ski the blues.
(Added in 2022) Tyson might have still been on leather boots this trip. And it might have been the day he marched into Village ski & sport and bought some used plastic boots.