Perhaps you have never heard of her, but 45-year old actress Natasha Richardson died yesterday after a minor head injury suffered on a beginner ski slope during a private lesson in Quebec, Canada. She was married to actor Liam Neeson, an actor whose work I greatly admire.
THIS STORY GIVES ME ANOTHER REASON TO NEVER LEARN HOW TO SKI.
I did go skiing once, in eighth grade. It was a bit traumatic. There were a lot of people on the slopes, and I felt very out of my comfort zone. I could not even get down the bunny hill without falling numerous times. The ski lift scared me, and I felt I was going to fall forward and off. When I finally got up to the top of a mountain, some of the people I was with tried to convince me to go down a hard slope, a double diamond slope. Against my better judgement, I went about 20-30 feet down, saw the kind of slope I was headed for, managed to stop (by falling down, of course), and trudged back up the hill to the top. I don’t remember what happened after that, if I went down an easier slope or what. Obviously, I got down the hill somehow. But it was NOT a good experience, and I have had zero desire to try skiing since then.
And this story gives me even less-than-zero desire to try skiing again.
Which is sort of a shame, I guess. I live relatively close to Lake Tahoe and all the lovely ski resorts there. Well, if someone I know and trust is willing to patiently give me a one-on-one lesson, I might consider it. Until then, no skiing for me!