Magazine article Risk Management

Ski Follies

Magazine article Risk Management

Ski Follies

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I have only gone skiing once and, frankly, once was enough. My very first attempt should have been a sign that this sport wasn't going to be for me when, within 10 feet of hitting the slope, a fellow novice and I both fell at the same time. I was fine, but unbeknownst to me at the time, my sidekick broke his leg in the tumble. Nevertheless, I continued on, blissfully unaware of the looming risk. I probably fell 20 more times in that first so-called "run," but I will admit that in the brief moments I was able to stay upright, I could start to see skiing's appeal. But only just barely.

The biggest problem for me was that I never could get the hang of the whole slowing down thing, no matter how many times someone told me to form a pizza slice with my skis. I suppose that move works for most people, but it just seemed to make me more aerodynamic. So, in between falls, I became a frozen missile streaking down the slope. Until I reached the bottom. There, while everyone stood around talking about how great skiing was and acting all cool about it, I had to throw myself to the ground like a wrestler being hit with a chair in order to stop. …

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