On Friday evening, Snozone Castleford (you’ll know it for being the UK’s most renowned indoor ski centre) held a Sochi-inspired freestyle competition and invited a few Olympians along to judge the contestants.
As good a time as any to get my first ski lesson in ten years in, right?
After booting up, buckling my helmet and remembering how cumbersome skis feel once clicked in, I embarked on a three hour crash course that took me from ‘baby slope’ to the same slope Olympians Ben Kilner and Katie Summerhayes were judging.
If that’s not the sign of a stellar ski lesson, I don’t know what is.
Zipping through snow plows and stop-and-jumps, I eventually graduated the lesson with a promotion from Level One to Five and a desperate desire to return to the mountains.
For now, though, Snozone and a plethora of blurred and swishtastic shots will do. Even without the Olympians.