I just got back from my annual family skiing vacation. The weather was beautiful. The temperature was in the twenties, which if you think about it, can be considered a heat wave these days. Especially, since when I came back to Blono on Sunday the temperature was frigid. Needless to say, the weather was perfect for skiing.

If you read my blog last year about skiing, then you know that I’m fairly new to skiing. But I’m improving slowly every time I go. I’ve been practicing and working hard to build up my skills. I’ve taken lessons and gotten pointers from family and friends. This year I improved by leaps and bounds. I can stop, slow down, and best of all, go downhill without falling down. Next time I go skiing, I’m psyched to go on a more challenging hill without the fear of wiping out. Skiing, like many things, is a lot more fun when you know what you’re doing. Once I got the hang of things, it was funny seeing the inexperienced skiers sliding around the hill and struggling to get back up. I remember those days!

One more thing worth mentioning about my trip. When you’re traveling, depending on where you are, sometimes getting a cell phone signal can be frustrating. Trying to get Google Maps to work while driving can be impossible. We had printed directions to refer to, but it’s always reassuring when you can have your GPS as a backup. Not to mention, for most of the weekend I was unplugged from the World, which was refreshing at times, but annoying. It was better that my weekend wasn’t spent on my phone or I wouldn’t have improved so much at skiing. I can’t wait for my next chance to ski!

Kathleen Plankenhorn is a senior marketing major. This is her second year blogging for The Vidette. In the past, she blogged about studying abroad, but having returned from a summer internship in Boston, she will focus on her life as an intern in a big city. She has plenty of advice to share with current and future interns. She will also mix in posts about the life of a college senior. Follow her on Twitter @kmplankenhorn

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