HEAD Skis partnered with Nakiska and SnowSeekers, producing stories about newcomers' winter experiences and new skiers taking on the #NewSkiAB challenge.
Alvin, 36 and Priscilla, 34, grew up in the tropical climate of Singapore and moved to Calgary about a year ago. They were both keen to try skiing in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. In a partnership with Head Skis, Nakiska and SnowSeekers, they got the opportunity to spend the day taking ski lessons at Nakiska, in a #NewSkiAB initiative that encourages new Canadians to get out on the slopes.
Matt Mosteller, senior vice-president of RCR resorts, says Nakiska is a popular choice to take lessons for first-timers. "Thousands each year take up skiing and or riding for the first time at Nakiska. (It's) fitting that it has been recognized by various Calgary Herald readers' awards over the years as the best place to learn to ski and ride."
All participants agreed that taking a lesson was the right thing to do, making it even better because of the patience of their instructor. “It was scary, but I really enjoyed it and the accomplishment I made I can share with my family that I actually went down,” said Erika (another participant who moved from Indonesia in the mid-2000s to Calgary). She says she’ll be back out and will continue with a few more lessons before going it alone. Alvin and Priscilla also vow to get back out there.