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Having your kids contribute to sport of skiing?

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I'm wondering if anyone here has their kids "contribute" to the sport of skiing.

 

I'm talking any kind of contribution. For parents, skiing is expensive. It is a lot of work. It is a big time commitment. And while I'm happy to do all three for my kids, part of me feels I should ask my kids to give back a bit as well.


Giving back might be waxing their own skis after a hard day skiing (not this year for my child of course but in a few years). Perhaps collecting aluminum cans throughout the year and recycling them to get a little bit of money to contribute toward the cost of lessons.

 

Some parents encourage their kids to be ski instructors to teach others how to ski. Some kids help make dinner at the lodge after the hard day skiing.

 

I'm just wondering - are there any contributions that you ask your kid to make, and what are they?

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My daughter helped wax skis after she was old enough to be helpful.  Mostly for scraping.  Not on the same day as skiing though.  We didn't need to wax that often in any case.

 

The help that was required was carrying either her skis or her boots, even at age 4.  Or carrying all the poles and her boots when she was a bit older.

 

Have read many posts by parents who ski often that mention each kid having their own boot bag that can hold boots, helmet, gloves, etc.  The Transpack Jr is one option.

 

As for helping with things like dinner, that's no different on a ski trip as for any other trip that includes staying overnight where there is a kitchen.

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I have to admit I usually spoiled my four kids when it came to skiing.  I would do almost anything to make it easy for them and when they got to the age of carrying their own ski gear it was a big bonus/victory.  Perhaps one thing they could help with in that low mode of contribution is the planning of a trip.  That also has the benefit of getting them to buy-in on the whole concept while building favorable pre-trip anticipation.

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