By Nicky Gelsenan
The ski course at Rossendale was our first Ski Club of Manchester event. We were a little unsure what to expect, and a little apprehensive that our standard of skiing might not be advanced enough to get the most out of the day.
Our fears were unfounded, as our first instruction from Gerald was to 'smile'. That was a good start as even we could manage that early on a Saturday morning.
Gerald took us through the steps needed to ski "elegant" carved turns, building on each stage and practising as we went. Before Saturday, we wouldn't have associated "Soya Sauce", "Kicking the Ball", and the "Stairway to Paradise" with skiing. By the end of the day we were really pleased with our progress. We just need to keep practising now, so that we don't
forget it all before our holiday in March.
The weather helped with the smiles as we had a glorious sunny morning. The other people on the course couldn't have been more friendly, and overall it was probably the most valuable single day's skiing we have ever had.
The Sunday session was equally good and some (fit?) members even opted for both days. We all benefited greatly from Gerald's relaxed and effective teaching. Ed.