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Subject:Fat people skiing/snowboarding?
Time:10:51 pm
I'm a plus sized girl, and I have this *brilliant* idea that I'm going to learn to either ski or snowboard. I have never done either in my life, unless you count the one trip to Chestnut Ridge about 13-14 years ago, and even that was only cross-country skiing.

I'm sick of seeing my fit friends hitting the slopes and me staying home. Plus, January is apparently national 'try a winter sport' month, according to Holiday Valley's website.


I'm not going to beat around the bush, here. I'm fat. Plain and simple. I'm out of shape, but not entirely. I hit the gym when I can, and I'm flexible. I was a dancer for many years, and to be perfectly honest, I'm pretty damn good for a fat chick. I can bust a move! But I'm a realist, and I know my limits. If I fell When I fall, I probably couldn't get up as easily as a skinny person could. But I'm willing to try this, and I'm afraid if I don't do it now, I won't ever get out there.

Holiday Valley offers beginners packages with rentals and lessons and the whole nine.


So here's my dilemma: any other fat Buffalonians in this community who ski and/or snowboard? I need some tips! Or beginners in general - have you tried out HV's beginner thing? Was it worth it?


I'm totally out of my element here, but I'm willing to give it a shot. Other than a few pounds and probably my dignity (and I threw that one out the window when I realized how lame it was that I was googling 'can fat people ski?'), I don't really have much else to lose.


Help! :)


(ps, I promise this isn't a dig at other fat people, I'm just trying to be honest. I still love you all.)
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evilaphrodesia
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Time:2009-12-24 04:09 am (UTC)
I don't think your weight should effect your ability to ski or snowboard. We all gotta start somewhere... I'm too afraid to try to ski. With my luck I'd hit the stray tree off in the distance, or better yet tumble feet over head and smash into that tree! Anyway, I've seen commercials for Holiday Valley and videos of people on the slopes and they're all different shapes and sizes.

I can't help you with your post really but I can say good for you for wanting to try something new! That's awesome! And guess what? It's exercise so while you're learning you can go from "not entirely out of shape" to "shit, I'm in awesome shape!" in a few months time :)

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a1057soul
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Time:2009-12-24 04:27 am (UTC)
I started skiing when I was in high school at 165#s and was fine... stopped for a couple years and went a couple years ago at 250 and other than the sore muscles that don't get much use, I didn't notice any difference... aside that my 20 year old boots fit too tight around the calves. Bigger just means 'solid-er' in skiing IMO, so you should be fine.

I learned by taking the first 3 lessons when I was in HS and then just going... know this: Green Circles are the easy gently sloping trails, Blue Squares are the steeper slightly more difficult, Black Diamonds are steeper, might have Moguls (the bumps) and or tricky parts... Double Diamonds are tough.

Stick to the Greens and Blues, take at least one lesson and stick to the sides of the trails til you get your bearings and you'll probably do fine.

Also the shorter the ski, the slower you move, so stick with something under a 180 your first time until you get the feel of things (165's if they still have them, are great to learn on)... and don't feel bad about falling. it's always better falling then going out of control... and better if you're out of the way (to the sides of the trails) when you do.

*HUGS*, Good luck, and we should totally get a 'Dorks ski club thing going!

:o,
Dan
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nowherewithyou
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Time:2009-12-26 04:21 am (UTC)
Thank you for this! I am definitely going to get my ass out there this break and try. :D
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sarahspock
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Time:2009-12-24 04:45 am (UTC)
My guy, among the seven million other things he does and another full time job, is also a ski instructor on the weekends at Holiday, and he is convinced that he can teach anybody, of any age, skill level, athletic ability and body shape...to ski.

According to him, learning to ski is more about getting over the initial "holy cow, this COMPLETELY sucks" shock of your first time, having someone really patient to help you out, and being patient enough with yourself to do it.

Give it a shot. If you go on a weekend night, I'm sure he'd be more than willing to help you amaze yourself.
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enragedpetunia
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Time:2009-12-24 05:08 am (UTC)
I don't know anything about skiing, but I do know about trying new activities that are way out of your comfort zone.
After years of driving by, I finally stopped and signed up for Krav Maga and Muay Thai Kickboxing lessons. I have never, not even once in my life, been even remotely athletic, although I have been off and on fit and not so fit, and am fairly strong because of my job.
Anyway, there are people of all ages and sizes and fitness levels in my class. Once I got over the initial fear and culture shock, not only was I keeping up, I was enjoying it! And next month I will be testing for my orange belt and just bought my sparring gear.
I'm no Steven Segal, Chuck Norris etc., but I am actually doing well and my confidence level is way up.
So just a little (true) story about going for it and just having fun without worrying about all the other stuff. You never know unless you try, and I'll bet you have a lot of fun and do really well.
Good luck and have fun!!!!
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glitteranddenim
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Time:2009-12-24 07:53 am (UTC)
off topic, icon love
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enragedpetunia
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Time:2009-12-24 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas!
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nowherewithyou
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Time:2009-12-26 04:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! My best friend goes to that Krav Maga place and he swears by it. good for you! :)
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enragedpetunia
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Time:2009-12-27 03:03 am (UTC)
Awesome! I'm in the Mon/Wed 8:15pm classes. I'm the short one with glasses and curly-ish reddish-brown hair if he wants to say hi to a fellow dork. Oh, and my name is Kristen.
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nowherewithyou
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Time:2009-12-30 05:50 am (UTC)
His name is ian. His fiance', Josette, teaches some of the classes there. :)
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enragedpetunia
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Time:2010-01-06 08:50 pm (UTC)
Cool:) I've only met her a few times, but she has always been nice, even when I was at a total loss in her fit class.
Let us know how the skiing goes, okay?
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rosidae
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Time:2009-12-25 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hey! I'm not that fat, but I highly recommend knee guards for snowboarding in case you fall forward on your knees. My knees get bruised and damaged so badly when I don't use them.
And if you try snowboarding for the first time. It will be very difficult to get used to getting back up, for ANYONE. You need stamina and inner strength to make it down your first real hill for snowboarding. But it's very rewarding. :-)
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nowherewithyou
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Time:2009-12-26 04:22 am (UTC)
good tip, thank you! I think I am going to try skiing first, and then provided I can get good enough at that, I'd like to eventually learn (or take a lesson on) snowboarding. ;0
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nowherewithyou
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Time:2009-12-26 04:23 am (UTC)
(that was supposed to be a smiley. my shift key only works sometimes. lol)
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rootsnradicals
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Time:2009-12-26 10:55 pm (UTC)
I started skiing about 10 years ago, and I'm pretty fat, too. I went to Holiday Valley and took lessons. I was there with a school group, so they had group lessons, but when the groups were small I learned a lot.

One nice thing about falling on snow/hills is that you have the slope of the hill to help you up. I've never been able to get up with my skis on, but they're easy to take off and put on again once you're up. If you're flexible/stronger core you will probably be able to get up fine with the skis still on. Falling when skiing ( and not going super fast) doesn't hurt - it's part of the fun!

The people who work at Holiday Valley and Kissing Bridge are wonderful and want you to do well so you come back.

Have a great time! Enjoying winter in Buffalo makes Buffalo so much more fun!
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