Last year I ended up with a completely black left big toe nail, due to what I thought were rubbish rental skis and boots. As soon as I got on the skis, my foot seemed to slip down the boot and I ended up with all my weight (not a word, before anyone starts) on my left big toe. Despite trying three different types of boot, nothing seemed to help. It was when my friend suggested that the nail might crack off that I finally gave up and retired to the
In November I decided to invest (finally) in my own skis and boots, went to a great ski shop here in Chicago, where they spent at least an hour fitting the boots, and putting gel in them for a custom fit. They were as comfy as slippers, I swear. Unfortunately, as soon as I got to the top of the slopes and attempted to move in a downward-hill fashion, I ended up once again on the left big toe. WTF? Employing the mind-over-matter approach that had successfully preented a bodily "incident" (see previous post), I soldiered on.
After a glorious first day getting my ski mojo back (ie. going far too fast and muttering "Oh shit, oh shit") the toe nail had cracked a little at the top. I trimmed it down as far as advisable and went out the next day. Unfortunately, the discomfort got worse so I came in after a few hours. (Who am I kidding? I can't ski for more than a few hours anyway these days.) Next day my toe was aching somewhat so I decided to take a day off to
A quick call to the ski shop in Chicago and the nice man said they would "work with me to make things right". (That's American customer service speak for "You're not getting your money back even though we guarantee a perfect fit".) "Fine", I thought, and resisted the temptation to void the guarantee by taking them into one of the local stores for a look-see. And then it hit me - I needed a ski bag and boot bag (had to take everything back), which I didn't have. More shopping, only this time of the boring variety.
Note to self - don't buy any more ski equipment in Chicago no matter how good a sale they're having.
So I had about two day's of skiing at the most. (And this still isn't the half of the "events" of this ski trip).