By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
What’s a good ski day? While you might know your answers, would your kids say the same thing?
I wanted to know, so recently, I took a completely unscientific, haphazard poll and asked kids what they think makes a good ski day.
I asked kids ranging in age from 5 to 17.
I asked kids who ride, kids who ski, and kids who would rather not do either, but who put up with it because their parents make them. These were kids from across Colorado, some of whom live in ski towns and some who only ski a few times each year.
Here are their answers.
Colorado kids are discriminating skiers. They don’t like ice. They do love powder. They don’t like crowds. They think moguls are the bomb. They divide on tree skiing. For some, there’s nothing better. For others, being above the trees, or on a wide, fast groomer, is preferable.
“The best ski day is when I can ski steep, wide open hills with a little bit of powder on them for going fast!” explained one second grader.
Colorado kids like a challenge. “Double black diamond runs” make some very, very happy. One mentioned “hucking big cliffs,” while another described his perfect day as “when the snow barely makes a noise when you turn and the jumps are good!”
And then there are those who simply love to ski, no matter where or under what conditions. “Skiing is always good,” explained one 14 year old boy. “Even when the snow could be better, I always have fun.”
Friends Equal Fun
While they care about the snow conditions, Colorado kids are also all about the company they keep. Who they ski with is as important as what they are skiing. One teen put it this way, “I have fun, even when the snow is bad, as long as I’m with good people – not necessarily my family – but good people.”
Another girl mentioned “laughing with friends” as the best part of her day. “You mean on the lifts?” I asked. “No laughing all day long,” she replied.
Food: Fuel or Bribery?
Food also plays a big role in the perfect skiing or snowboarding day. Many parents are familiar with plying their kids with food to get them to do something and skiing parents are no different. Ski moms and dads have been promising hot chocolate to balky young skiers for as long as skiing and hot chocolate have existed.
“Just one more run. I promise. Then we’ll get some hot chocolate.”
Well, the kids are onto us, especially the little ones. They’re working the system. Hot chocolate remains a perennial favorite, but other tasty rewards include Gatorade at lunch after an especially good run and the promise of ice cream on the way home. For one five year-old girl, “choosing a big candy bar at the end of the day” is her favorite part of a family ski day.
Fuel? Bribery? Or après ski in training?
Aspen/Snowmass has announced special deals and promotions for the 2013-2014 ski/snowboard season, with savings from opening day in November through closing day in April. New this season, Aspen/Snowmass will offer families the Perfect Holiday, as kids ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket over the peak holiday season.
A quick bit of math: Take all the awesome ski and snowboard spots in Colorado, then find all the sweet terrain parks, halfpipes, and superpipes in Colorado. Add all the parks, pipes, superpipes, and jibs togehter. What do you get? About a jillion ways to catch air in the highest state in the union. Here are some highlights from one of ‘em:
OK, so I’ll admit that I didn’t get the job of Mountain Correspondent because of math skills, but hear me out…
This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis, founder of BraveSkiMom.com
In the past, when I’ve written about skiing and riding safety, I received some comments that skiing with me might be “boring” or a “bummer.”
I beg to differ.
Skiing with kids can be tough.
As a recovering ski instructor who seemed to always get stuck instructing about thirteen four-year-olds, I can tell you that skiing with kids can make the days stretch on forever, and not in a good way. And skiing with adults ain’t easy for the kids either, especially when they’re learning. Dad wants to rip turns, grom wants to chill on the magic carpet. So what do you do?
This post comes to us from Amber Johnson, editor of Mile High Mamas.
When we arrived back at our condo after a fun day on Winter Park’s slopes, I stopped and marveled. Our front entryway looked like a bomb had gone off and the carnage was an onslaught of gloves, boots, helmets and jackets.
This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com.
Two big things happen at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen each January. The first, as you may have guessed, is the Winter X Games, at Buttermilk through at least 2014. The second is not so obvious, but it’s related to the X Games. It’s the Buttermilk Deluxe private lesson package, also known (at least to me) as “one big screaming deal.”