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in 2001, I had my first but definitely not last,
go at snowboarding. Rhona and I went to the Cardona
ski resort, a couple of hours from Queenstown
in New Zealand. We had been staying in Queenstown
for a couple of weeks and had tried a couple of
the local ski resorts. They had been so popular,
that there was almost no room to play. The problem
for me with this was that with so many people
moving around me, my eyes were constantly re-focusing.
This meant that I couldn’t see a thing! As I had
never snowboarded before, we decided that it was
going to be a problem. A guy at one of the local
ski rental shops recommended that we should try
On arrival I went straight to the Ski Patrol and
explained my situation. They suggested that I
should wear a vest, that they supplied, with the
words "BLIND SKIER" on the front and
back on top of my jacket. They told me that this
was more for the benefit of the other skiers around
me. I must admit, I wasn’t very keen to do this,
but thought I would give it a try.
Once onto the slopes, I put my vest on and began
to practise my limited skills. Because I had done
some other board sports, i. e. skateboarding,
surfing, etc., it wasn’t too hard to learn the
basics. Once I was comfortable with this, I headed
off for the ski lift and the big slopes. As I
stood in the queue I could hear people talking
about that "poor blind guy". This niggled
me a bit, but I decided to try to ignore it. At
the top of the lift I stepped off and strapped
my feet onto the board.
As we headed off I could hear more people talking
about the vest. I was starting to get paranoid.
Then as I gathered speed and Rhona would shout
directions, I realized that the people who saw
the vest were getting out of my way. Fantastic!
This was better than a white stick in a crowd.
We picked up speed turning left, then right, hitting
a few bumps, but mainly going really well. I even
managed to control the snowboard. Well, sort of
control it. Before I knew it, we had zipped down
a long straight slope and had come to the end
of the run. The adrenaline was buzzing and I was
“high as a kite". What a feeling! I got back
on the ski lift and headed back up. This time
I was going to do the run solo!
I had memorized the slope from my first run and
felt very confident. As I came off the lift, I
rushed to get started. Again, I could hear people
talking about me, but now it didn’t matter. The
vest was a definite benefit for the novice snowboarder!
I took the first stage at a steady pace, looking
for my first left bend. No problems there. I found
that easy enough. I was now looking for my fast
approaching right bend. I missed this one completely
and ended up in the safety netting at the edge
of the run.
At this point, I decided I was not the world’s
best snowboarder and would have to take things
a little slower. As the day progressed, so did
my skills. I had a great time. Even taking "air"
on quite a few occasions. However, this was now
deliberate! I was not very wary about that bend
I had missed, so I started to take it a bit early.
Unfortunately, this meant that I would leap about
2 metres into the air. And what was more surprising
than being airborne, was the fact that on half
a dozen occasions (out of about 30), I landed
on my feet and carried on downhill. The rest of
the time I fell on my bottom. I heard some people
comment on how brave “that blind guy" was.
Little did they know it was lack of skill rather
We boarded at Cardona for two days and had fantastic
time. Because it is a bit of a drive away from
most of the tourist places, it is not as busy
as the other ski resorts. It is mostly visited
by the locals and I think that says something.
If you get the chance, I would definitely recommend
Cardona. I would also like to thank the Ski Patrol
for that great suggestion. Without the vest, I
am sure there could have been some crashes, caused
by me. But with the vest, everyone just got out
of the way. However, I think that if it was to
get a vest for myself, it would probably read
A15The narrator and his companion decided to
choose the Cardona ski resort because
1) it was a short distance from Queenstown.
2) they couldn’t find a room at other resorts.
3) somebody said that it was worth going to.
4) it was popular with snowboarders.
A16The Ski Patrol suggested that the narrator
should wear a vest in order to
1) make it easier for them to locate the narrator
in case of an accident.
2) make the narrator feel more confident during
his first go at snowboarding.
3) keep an eye on him on the slope.
4) prevent other people from colliding with him
on the slopes.
A17When the narrator was standing in the queue
1) felt annoyed by people’s comments.
2) felt comfortable in his vest.
3) tried to focus his eyes on the track.
4) tried to ignore his fear.
A18"This" in "This was better
than a white stick in the crowd" refers to
1) the fact that people were getting out of the
2) the narrator’s moving at a high speed down
3) the fact that Rhona was giving the narrator
4) the narrator’s hearing more people talking
about the vest.
A19The narrator did the second run solo and he
1) tried to memorize all the bends.
2) failed to go round one of the bends.
3) tried not to listen to Rhona’s directions.
4) fell down and was injured.
A20The narrator believes that his successful
leaps into the air and landing on his feet were
1) his personal courage.
2) people’s encouragement.
3) his intensive practising.
4) pure chance.
A21The narrator recommends Cardona ski resort
1) of the Ski Patrol efficient service.
2) skiers are supplied with vests there.
3) it is less crowded than other places.
4) there are few crashes on the slopes.
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