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Monday, April 17, 2006

Are You Taking The Piste?

"Right lads, we've got two spaces on the next adventure training package in Bavaria. It's ten days skiing but you have to chip in yourselves."

"How much Sarge?"

"Oh it's a hundred marks."

And that's how I got to go skiing for 10 days for 30 quid.


Anonymous Hugh said...

aha yes, i remember being "taught" how to ski by the Army, when i was in the RAF.
their approach to it was simple - you, ski's, hill, snow, top, bottom, skilift.
i learn't by being taken to the top and basically figuring out how to get to the bottom by watching everybody else.
and in true military organisational style, it turned out i wasn't on the right course.
i learn't how to parallel stop when i was charging towards some cafe on this "hill"
but i still managed not to break or injure anything/anybody, and had a great time.
i learn't from that day on, to never volunteer for anything

8:51 am  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Wow, that's so James Bond! And cheap. (I can't ski. I prefer to do the apres-ski, and also the before-ski and the during-ski.)

10:09 am  
Blogger Theblonde said...

So this is how you get rewarded for your selfless commitment.
The only time I have been skiing I discovered that I was very good at going fast and very bad at stopping. What a buzz though!

2:27 pm  
Blogger PI said...

Years ago - Aviemore - Christmas - nightmare!
Kids loved it.

5:06 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

The Blonde said it first. That's what you get for selfless commitment.

3:10 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Hugh - that's pretty much it.

Katy - suave and sophisticated are the two words that least describe army skiing.

The Blonde/Foilwoman - the perks make up for some of the crap we put up with.

PI - we can't wait to take our kids in a year or two.

7:39 am  
Anonymous David Duff said...

Hugh, I remember a ski-ing 'course' like that. One of the Toms crashed and broke his leg which ended up at a very odd angle to the rest of him. Several civilians gathered round anxiously trying to give aid and comfort. Apparently the first of our blokes to arrive on the scene immediately asked the question that got to the crux of the matter: "Can I have your egg at breakfast?"

(NOTE TO SELF: Must stop all these old soldier stories, I'm even beginning to bore myself!)

8:40 am  
Anonymous Laura said...

Where's the milk tray?

1:51 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

David - good story - please don't stop chipping in.

Laura - it got a bit crushed - I kept falling over.

5:15 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I'll watch n do my kind of piste...

6:13 pm  

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