Girls' Afternoon | Snow Factor

19 October 2017


Ski season has started up again, and I'm sure you probably all remember that a few months ago I wrote a post all about my Snowboarding lessons with Snow Factor (located in Soar at Intu Braehead). Well, a couple of weeks ago, they held an event called Girls' Afternoon, which meant 2 hours on the slope for £22.70 (a 30% discount!) followed by cakes in Bar Varia (bar/restaurant upstairs) which were free when you bought a hot drink.

I couldn't pass up this opportunity, especially because I hadn't been on the slope since I wrote that post, and knowing that there would be an instructor on hand to help should I need it, it was the perfect time to re-discover my snow legs! (I mean, they'd be pretty easy to find. I'd just need to look down at the two feet strapped into the bindings of a snowboard, but you know what I mean!)

I also bought myself a new ski jacket and sallopettes from my work, because they were brand new in and I thought it might be a fun little opportunity to advocate my shop, because we are located in the centre.

On the day, I had to nip into my store first because I couldn't find my gloves, so I bought some new ones (child size 14/16, because I have tiny hands), and let my colleagues know about how nervous I was about going, because it was 2 hours, I was going on my own and I had no idea how many people were interested in going along or the day - or even the age range that were going. They calmed me down a little, told me that I was gonna have a lot of fun and essentially just gave me the reassurance I needed to calm my nervous heart. I'm still battling through my sense of lonliness at the moment as well, from moving in with family at the other side of Scotland, where I only really know the guys that I work with, so this was going to be a huge attempt for me to try and make some new friends.

Eventually I plucked up the courage and left the shop, on my way to Snow Factor, where I got my lift pass, and then made my way to get changed. I was directed towards the benches, where I sat down and waited for everyone else to join. I'm not going to lie, I did feel really awkward sitting there until one person striked up conversation by asking if we were all sitting for the Girls' Afternoon. In no time at all the instructors, Rio and Kate, appeared and let us know the plans for the afternoon. Then, we all made our way to the slope!

I stayed out of the first run, because it'd been too long since I'd been on the slope and I felt too nervous, but Louise convinced me to go up to the halfway point. Once I was up, Rio appeared and so I asked her for her help to gain my little bit of snowboarding confidence back again. She helped me remember how to turn and after a few runs, I was confident enough in what I was doing, so started to go up by myself. Throughout my two hours I only took myself to the halfway point because I didn't feel confident enough to go straight to the top, not with so many people around. I did get talking to a bunch more people, however, so that was a lot of fun! Did I make any lifetime friends? Probably not, but it was a fun afternoon.

I fell a lot of times, and I was super impressed with my jacket and sallopettes because once I was finished, they were both still dry, so that's definitely something I'm able to tell customers who are interested in them! I find it really great that I'm able to relate to my customers a lot more since I began to snowboard, because I feel it really helps me to sell our clothes - I know what I'm talking about a lot better now, and it gives a lot of reassurance to them.

The cake was also really nice, too! I bought myself a hot chocolate, and chose the most chocolate-y cake available as well! It was really busy in Bar Varia, so I did really struggle to hear what anybody was saying, and socialising tired me out a lot, but it was a lot of fun!

There's another Girl's Afternoon in December, Saturday 2nd December to be exact, and instead of just being 2 hours on the slope, this will be 3 hours! From 1pm until 4pm, followed by free cake with a hot drink once again! The afternoon is £29, which is a saving of £6. (And no, this isn't a sponsored post, I just really would like some new friends!)

Hopefully I'll be able to go along to this afternoon as well, and I hope I'll be able to see you there!

Until next time, be excellent to each other.

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