My friends and family believe I am one of the most accident-prone people they have ever met, and they are possibly right. For as long as I can remember my mum has loved to dine out on the stories of “Siobhan’s penchant for kissing trees”. What she really means is that even as a small child I used to ski into trees, lift pylons and basically any other large stationary inanimate object when on my skis or bike and since I turned 18 I can’t remember a significant period of time where I haven’t been carrying some form of injury or another.
So what did I decide to do? In August 2009 I handed in my notice at one of England’s top 50 law firms and booked a one-way plane ticket to Banff, Alberta and packed my bags to embark on my first real ski season as a seasonaire in Canada. Two and a half years later and I am still in Canada with a long list of injuries and accidents to add to the adventure.
However, there is now one small difference I left the seasonaire world behind for the grown-up world of Vancouver but the skiing bug hasn’t left me. Since Christmas 2011 I have skied at 11 resorts and am counting! I have been accompanied by many friends and family who all felt I should write an account of my travels and adventures, but with one small addition, they wanted to add their input along the way. So started leniproof to show if a ski hill could withstand my accident proneness and my companions critique.
*This post was originally written in 2012, I have now been in Canada for almost a decade and the blog has turned into a #sidehustle called #RFEmpower with an ever growing team of entrepreneurs across Canada, the USA and Australia. Thank you for joining us on this adventure!