對我來說, 滑雪這名詞一直都是遙不可及!因為我不喜歡寒冷, 而我並不會特意想看雪 (第一次在加拿大看到時還是有興奮一下啦). 在台灣, 冬天高山上一下雪就有很多人趕著去看, 交通擁擠和人擠人的景像令我退卻, 所以我更沒想過我的人生會跟滑雪扯上關係!
搬到法國後, 我們住的城市也不常會下雪, 所以我對雪依然很陌生, 直到上禮拜去滑雪後, 著著實實地把我全身上下所有部位在雪中滾過跌過摔過後, 讓我對雪有了更深的感情~ 產生的情感深到連我回到家兩天後, 全身都還在嚴重痠痛! 我想在這方面, 我還是偏好細水長流, 而不是水深火熱的轟轟烈烈啊!
對第一次滑雪的人, 跌倒是必經過程, 我也不例外! 雖然跌倒很正常, 但也要跌得有技巧才不會受傷. 外星人一直提醒我, 當意識到要跌倒前, 試著控制身體往左右倒, 讓身體兩邊受到撞擊會比往前或往後跌還要安全, 盡量不要讓屁股著地, 不然整個人還是會持續往前滑... 講得很容易, 做不做得到就要等親身上場體驗才知曉!
剛開始, 好幾次我跌倒都是以屁股著地, 整個人無法控制的用背繼續快速往前滑. 不過人還是有危機意識的本能反應! 在滑的同時, 我毫無猶豫的用力往側轉...就停下來了! 跌完後, 重點來了! 到底要如何爬起來?
不管我怎麼努力, 就是無法靠自己的力量或使用滑雪仗來站起來! 不管是在平地還是在斜坡上, 滑雪板很滑又很長, 我兩隻短手臂用力撐啊撐的就是無法起身, 一直頻頻的坐倒在地上! 我用求救的眼神和言語向外星人發出訊號, 但他只是用他那睜大大的外星眼, 高高在上的看著我, 叫我再繼續努力, 因為這是必學之路... 要是我腳上沒有滑雪板, 我會很直接就踹飛他!!
我記得第一次跌倒後 (在平地), 我在地上掙扎了好幾分鐘. 我一直反覆的嘗試都還是站不起來, 外星人就在我旁邊看著我, 手一次都沒伸過來... 這就是所謂的冷眼旁觀! 我當時覺得超丟臉的, 因為周遭人超多! 我跌倒的地方剛好在運送滑雪者上坡的自動輸送步道出口附近, 所以出來的人們也把我當隱形人(這也是正常的! 因為我旁邊已經有人, 照理講就不需要別人的幫忙, 對吧 ?). 我一直跟他說我就是沒辦法自己起來! 沒辦法! 沒辦法!!
到最後, 有一位從步道出來的滑雪教練好心把我拉起來, 那個人還問我還好吧 (我內心超感激那位陌生人. 如果他不是又老又胖, 也許我會移情別戀! 哈哈哈~). 當我一站穩, 道完好幾聲謝謝之後, 馬上! 我用狠狠的惡魔視線往外星人臉上瞪 !
他無辜的看著我說: "你一定要學著自己起來啊! 如果我每次都幫你的話, 你可能到最後都無法學會..."
"什麼每次! 哪有每次! 這只是第一次! 你真的很過份! 你到底有沒有同理心?!" 我壓低音量的"吼"他!
"可是...我想讓你學自己站阿! 在我記憶裡, 我也是這樣學的..."
"你連第一次滑雪的情況都不太記不得了! 聽你在放屁!" 我氣! 氣!! 氣!!!
外星人跟我說過, 他只模糊記得他以前滑得還不錯, 也不常跌倒... 我可以想像在未來的某一天, 他對著孩子說: "爸爸十三歲時學滑雪, 滑得還不錯, 跌倒了也自己起來. 所以, 我不會扶妳或拉你, 你就自生自滅吧!"
唉 !外星人的心腸很軟, 也很樂於助人, 心地善良, 個性溫和...一大堆優點, 但就是沒啥同理心! 他無法以別人的立場去理解對方. 在這方面, 我必須常舉他懂的例子和解釋許久, 但有時還是徒勞無功! 我只能說, 外星人真的無法理解地球人的思考模式啊!
總之, 第一次在平地跌倒後, 第二次是在小斜坡跌的 (滑雪場有分等級. 因為我是初學者, 練習場的坡不會太陡). 當時也是站不起來, 他也沒伸出手拉我, 只用他那張嘴指導我用滑雪仗把自己撐起來或是腳的姿勢要如何...等等. 那時, 我在原地掙扎更久. 直到我雙手無力, 索性就賴在地上, 不再嘗試起身 (他一直很期待的看著我, 希望我能成功)! 他無奈的看我, 我們倆大眼瞪小眼, 到最後他只好伸出手. 不過, 因為斜坡的關係, 就算他拉我, 我也很難站穩雙腳, 會不停的滑動, 他只好用兩隻手把我整個人又拉又抱的才完成了起身任務 ! (站起來後也要注意, 在斜坡上絕不能朝著下坡方向站, 一定要側身站, 不然就準備再跌一次吧!)
第一天早上跌了好幾次之後, 最終還是學會犁式滑行 (說明請點這裡) 和犁式制動 (利用滑雪板煞車來控制速度). 剛開始一定是很生疏, 所以就算想煞車也不會每次都如我所願. 也許是姿勢不正確, 或是雙腳使力不夠都有. 在我開始學會犁式制動時, 我朋友(男生)也出現了 (我們是分開行動的, 因為他們有小孩, 需要較多的時間準備有的沒的)! 他看到我在一個小時內學會滑行和剎車, 很不吝嗇的給我掌聲鼓勵, 跟我說很棒!
他也在我後面跟著我, 拉著我的腰帶, 一直對我保證他不會讓我跌倒 (他沒有穿滑雪板, 所以他是邊跑邊跟著我滑). 雖然當時我對滑雪沒那麼害怕了, 不過他的保證大大的增加了我的自信心! 我朋友那樣陪我陪了快半小時, 之後我們也結束了上午的滑雪練習.
吃完午飯後, 我跟外星人繼續滑了快兩個小時. 朋友他們陪小孩玩雪橇, 所以沒有來跟我們一起滑雪. 晚上吃晚餐時, 我全身無力又痠痛, 一度的懷疑隔天是否可以繼續滑. 不過, 我好強不服輸的個性是不會讓我放棄的! 心裡是這麼想, 但不想隨便答應外星人和朋友們, 所以我說明天看看感覺如何再說吧!
順便提一下, 外星人之後辯解說, 因為他當時腳上有滑雪板, 很久沒滑也不太熟練, 所以才沒辦法像朋友那樣幫我嘛... 我想重點是, 他沒有想到要把滑雪板脫下來那樣幫我吧! 我們倆心知肚明, 也知道他就是個不懂得主動找方法幫忙的人就好! 那不表示他不在乎不關心我, 只是需要更多的學習!
For me, the word "skiing" has been something out of reach! I think it’s because I dislike the cold so much, and we don’t have snow in Taiwan except for on certain high mountains for a short period of time (People would rush to see when it snows, and the traffic jam is always a big problem!). Therefore, snow isn’t particularly appealing to me (I was excited when I saw it the first time in Canada though), and I would never thought of skiing at all.
However, life is strange and unpredictable!
I wasn’t familiar with the snow until I skied last week (It doesn’t snow often in Toulouse and in Nantes), and my first contact with the snow wasn’t exactly love at first sight! It was intense. It was hard to resist. To be honest, I think I prefer love me little, love me long in this case instead of falling passionately in love with all my body and soul. I am not sure about my soul, but I can tell you for sure that my body FELL hard and fast on the snow! It kept forcing me to build our love for each other, and the love we had gave me severe aching pain all over my body for four days.
I know it’s normal to fall for the first-timer when it comes to skiing, and there is no exception! Although it’s normal to fall down, all the skiers need to learn how to fall correctly and safely. Alien kept reminding me to fall sideways instead of directly forward or backward. It’s easier said than done! One would have to wait to experience it personally in order to find out!
At first, I fell on my ass for the first few times, and I kept sliding forward on my back with a fast speed. However, human has an instinctive reaction when the crisis occurs. Once, I saw myself moving towards the edge of the slope, I turned myself on the side without hesitation, and it worked! Here is another thing: How to get up after a fall? Personally, I think getting up with skis on both feet is harder than skiing!
It doesn’t matter if it was on the flat ground or on the slope; it doesn’t matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get upright with or without the use of poles. It was killing me indeed! The skis are slippery and long, I was trying to hold myself up with my short arms, but I kept falling back down repeatedly. I sent out distress signals to Alien with my eyes and words, but he just looked at me with his big alien eyes from above and told me to keep trying!
"This is what you must learn on your own." He said.
You know what, I would have love to kick the shit out of him if I didn’t have my skis on my feet!
I remembered I had my first fall on the flat ground (It was very close to the exit of a magic carpet); I struggled on the ground for few minutes with Alien stood next to me. He didn’t reach out his hand at all, not once! There were MANY people around, and the skiers who got out of the carpet were passing by me as if I was invisible (It’s normal I guess. Alien was standing next to me, and we were talking to each other. It would be ridicules if someone else came to help me up, wouldn’t it?) I kept telling him that I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t! I COULDN’T!!
In the end, a ski instructor got out of the carpet came to pull me up… What a nice person!! I was so thankful for his kindness. He even asked me if I was ok or not... Maybe I would have fallen in love with him if he wasn’t old and fat…lol
Anyway, I said many thanks to that nice man after I got up. I immediately turned and gave Alien my evil glare!
He looked at me with his usual innocent expression and said: “You need to learn how to get up on your own! If I help you every time, You wouldn’t be able to learn… ”
“What do you mean every time?! It wasn’t every time! It was my first time! You are such a dick! Do you have any empathy at all?” I “shouted” at him with a low volume (I was really upset with him, but still, I was aware that we were in public!).
“But… I wanted to let you learn how to do it on your own. That’s how I learnt as I recalled…”
“That’s just bullshit! You couldn’t even remember your first ski experience! ”
Alien told me that he vaguely remembered being quite good at skiing, and he didn’t fall a lot. Honestly, I can see him telling our kid one day: "Daddy learnt how to ski when I was 13 years old. I was pretty good at it, and I got up by myself. I won’t help you and you will need to do it on your own!"
Well, Alien is soft-hearted, kind, gentle, and he's always willing to help… He has many good qualities, but he has no empathy! He has hard time to put himself in other people’s shoes. In this respect, I need to give examples that he understands and to explain them for ages. Sometimes, it would be a waste of time! I can only say that Alien doesn’t understand what earth people are thinking!
Anyway, that was my first fall. My second fall wasn’t any better. It was on the Bunny slope. The same thing happened! I couldn’t get up on my own; he didn’t reach out his hand to help, and he kept instructing me on how to use the poles and how to put my skis correctly…etc. I was on the floor even longer than before. In the end, my arms got tired and I just stopped trying (He looked at me with expectations and hoped that I could get up on my own). We gazed at each other for few seconds, and finally he had no choice but to reach out his hand. However, it’s more challenging to get up on the slope. It was difficult to keep my skis steady, so he had to use both of his hands to pull and hold me in order to get me up completely!
I learnt how to do the gliding wedge and the snowplough after my fifth or sixth fall on the first morning. Of course, I was unfamiliar with it at first and my legs didn’t do what I wanted them to do (Maybe it was because of the incorrect position or not enough of force on both legs)! One of our friends (male) showed up when I was gliding (They have a kid, and they need more time to get ready, so we did things separately); he ran towards me while I glided down the slope and stopped myself with the snowplough. He immediately clapped his hands for me (very enthusiastic).
“Impressive! What a good job!” He said. He was impressed that I learnt how to do both within an hour.
He then stayed behind me and helped me by pulling my belt while I ski down the slope slowly.
“I won’t let you fall.” He assured me when my body tipped a bit on the side. He had no skis on, so he was running after me while I glided down. I was grateful to him for being so encouraging. His assurance increased my self-confidence greatly! He was there with me for almost half an hour, and we all went to eat our lunch together.
Alien and I skied for about two hours in the afternoon, and our friends went to sledging with their kid. By the time we ate dinner, my whole body was weak and sore. I wasn't sure that I could continue skiing the next day. However, I rarely admit defeat once I start to challenge it! I thought that in my head. Still, I told everyone that I would see how I would feel the next day.
P.S. By the way, Alien told me later on; in his defence, he had skis on as well, so he wasn’t at ease either. That's why he didn't help as much as our friend did. We both know that he didn't think about taking his skis off to help. It's just that he's not the kind of person who knows how to take the initiative to find ways to do things. It doesn't mean he didn't care about me. He just need to learn more from experiences!
An aerial tramway that took us up to the ski station.
My first mountain view of the ski area.
I was doing the gliding wedge (Our friend took this photo for me).
我們在排隊要去坐Botton lift (我找不到中文翻譯), 在那我跌了兩次!
那是幫助滑雪者上坡的傳輸功具之一, 一次只能拉一個人. 我走在外星人前面, 工作人員的態度非常冷 (可能天氣太冷), 以為我會自己拿來放在我雙腿間, 我跟他說我第一次來, 她才幫我拿. 當圓錨碰到我屁股時, 突然有股想坐下的衝動, 服務人員看見我有坐下的意圖, 趕緊出聲叫我別坐, 不過... 已經太遲了! 我早在她說完句子前就跌個四腳朝天了 (之後我的後腦痛了三天)!
在運輸過程中, 我的滑雪板兩度還逐漸地愈張愈開, 我必須很努力的控制雙腳將它們慢慢併合... 嚇死我了! (使用Button lift要很專心, 想看風景都不行, 不然一分心肯定又跌!) 在我快要抵達目的地時, 我實在不太清楚要哪時候放掉才好, 當時, 我遠遠地看到外星人的臉, 而我不自覺就把lift拉離雙腿間, 我也沒注意腳底下到底是斜坡還是平地... 結果, 當我放掉lift後, 我整個人立刻往後滑... 當時的我很驚慌又失措, 所以, 又跌了一跤! TMD! 我很不喜歡這個傳輸工具! 我寧願走上去!
We were lining up for the Button lift, and I fell twice there! At first, I couldn't help to sit on the anchor. It was round, it was on my ass... wtf! It was a normal reaction! Anyway, I fell on my back and head on a hard ground. The staff did tell me to stand, but it was too late. I had a headache for two days! The second time was just before I arrived at the destination. I let the lift go too early (I had no idea when I should remove it, and just before I reached the flat ground, I saw Alien's face...that was the moment I let the lift go!); before I realized it, I slid backwards with my skis. I panicked and I fell, that's that! To be honest, I don't think I like the Button lift. In the middle of the transportation, I wasn't at ease at all...my skis got wider and wider twice, and that was freaking scary! I don't like it!! I would rather walk!
The mountain views from the destination.
To be continued…