I went and tried XC skiing today , for the second time ever, this time at Lake Mountain. I have a very sore bum cheek from repeatedly falling over on my left ' bum brake' during the XC ski lesson. After lunch I went out of the Lake Mtn. ski village to plod along to Helicopter flat and back on skis.It was raining and the surface was very soft indeed. I could glide up hill,do a herringbone ascent, glide on the flat and do a semi competent snow plough for slowing and stopping while hardly sliding downhill at all. I fell over only once during my solo ski. I did find turning and slowing down on a slightly downhill bend on the way back to be tricky and I took the skis off for that bit. Teckel at Narbethong Mystic mountains ski hire gave me a discount on ski hire and she sold me the one hour group lesson for $30 not $45 as they charge on the mtn. When I got there there was no group and I got a one on one one hour lesson .Because it was very quiet the ski instructor gave me extra time . He accompanied me back to the Village at the end of the lesson rather than leaving me to try to ski back as like what happened last year at Falls Creek. The pattern based Classic XC skis I rented from Teckel at Narbethong didn't have much grip( I don't have much ski technique or knowledge about these things, (I suspect there is some rivalry between different purveyors of brands of ski hire equipment ) but when I went to the ski hire shop at Lake Mtn. they gave a me pair for nothing to use for my after lesson / post lunch solo practise ski , because they know me as "Mr. T. on snow snoes" on SKI DOT COM. So did the person I spoke to at the trail head ,fellow forum member Chris Cross. I left my snow shoes in the car for the whole day ! I could see myself doing all that again at Lake Mtn. another day.I have one film photo of me on skis. There are no action shots of me falling over. I may have been critical of Lake Mtn. in the past but I am more of a fan of it now that I see that it offers easy day trip access to improve one's XC ski skills.