This is a first time I will really see snow. Yes, it’s really the first time. I was so excited while waiting with Alex in front of Avlabari Metro Station in Tbilisi for our friend to pick us up. He brought us and drove up north to Gudauri Ski Resort.
We arrived at Gudauri at noon. It was in early winter but all around was already covered by white ice. Alex and our friends were also excited to see me see snow for the first time because they it was their first time to see anyone who has never seen snow before as well…
Living life in Gudauri
We got an apartment in peaceful area recommended by our friends. Hotel Veranda is just one kilometer from city center. The hotel was like home. The big heart owner and her friend were very nice with us. We stayed here for 3 months and have become a good friends with them ever since.
Learn to Snowboard: Be brave and be patient when thing go wrong..
After had spent a week to get used to winter and cold weather here. Alex started to teach me how to snowboard. It was on of his dreams to snowboard with me so it has come true.
After I learned all the basic , Alex started to think that we should find some good place to practice. Gudauri is one of the best places for free riding so its structure will confused us when the sun started to hide away. We went up to the farther slope than we anticipated, that meant we went too far than the beginner should be, it’s blue square area.
When the sun was starting to hide, then the snow started falling. The temperature went lower, my body and my hand was frozen! It was too cold for me that time, I really didn’t get used to it yet. Therefore, Alex asked the ski lift officer if they could allow me to stay inside and warming up for a moment.
After I felt better, I though everything will be already fine. So we tried to go down but unfortunately, we lost. We lost from the main slope and trapped to the deep powder. But I still thought it’s alright and it’s fun so Alex urged me to try to ride on that powder (Yes, we were an idiot!). I tried it and suddenly flipped and rolling for maybe 20 meters and it caused my back terribly painful and also tuft. I though I broke my back. But after took a short rest, I got better and thanks God my back wasn’t broken. Stupid stupid stupid, Alex cursed himself and apology again and again that he brought me there.
It wasn’t only his fault, right? It ours!
My body and my hand started to freeze again so we was trying find the way down as fast as possible. I was very exhausted, cold and somehow afraid. No people around and no time to wait. The only way to get away from the deep powder snow was with snowboard, with that snowboard that I was already scared of but what I can do. I tried to push my braveness forward and, yeah, I just want to go home. We tried to slide down with snowboard together (Alex was holding my hand and leading me) to the nearest slope .
My body was very pained that night after surviving day. We rested for 2 days and there I continued to learn again.
At the beginning, it was really hard. Many times, I almost gave up. I wasn’t understand right even how hard Alex was trying to teach me. I screwed up a lot. I made to much pressure on my knee and it was pain for quite a long time!
But as long as I didn’t give up, training more, trying harder. As I wished, it was getting better and better. It’s hard at the beginning, specifically, when we learn to do something very new.
As long as we don’t give up, WE WILL RIDE!
It doesn’t matter how many time I failed, it matters most if I get up, have fun and never give up.. :)