Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A grand day out skiing. It's a bit of a faff - getting up early, putting on all those layers, getting ourselves to the bus pick-up point, and going through all the pallaver of renting skis & boots, getting the damned boots on, paying for chairlifts, finding lockers and negotiating with an instructor for the girls - all in our basic Chinese. However, when all that was done, it was definitely worth it. An absolutely beautiful, clear, blue-sky day and not too crowded given that it's only an hour away from Beijing. The girls are progressing well, fearlessly zooming down the Blue slopes. I did OK too, and even got onto a Red slope without ending up on my backside. I think we'll only ever be once-a-winter day-trip skiers but good for the girls to learn young.