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It's a Wonderful Life...on skis

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
My brother is a smart, funny, hard working guy who loves his family and has never found enough time to ski himself past the beginner/low intermediate stage. His wife grew up skiing, and now, they've enrolled their son in ski school, and I'll bet their daughter will go too once she's old enough.
But now my brother is thinking of giving it all up.
I told him "no!" - not to be discouraged by his time on skis, he'll get better once he puts the time in with lessons.
You see, he's a bit like Jimmy Stewart it seems to me, about to throw himself off that bridge into...snowboarding.
Yes. While his young son straps on skis, he wants to single plank it from now on - and miss out on....?
...here's where this thread comes in.
What are the things you've loved most about skiing with your kid, or as a son or daughter - skiing with your wife/husband, the memories you wouldn't trade away?
In the spirit of the season, he needs someone (if not PSIman!) to tell him about all the things he's gonna miss out on and the things that will happen, if he's not there on skis to do them or see them.
Anybody here want to add to a list of what he'll miss?

1. The look on his son's face when he finishes his first solo run without falling...
2. The day your son asks if he's big enough for your skis...
3. The day your daughter beats you down the hill - and you were trying to win....
post #2 of 22
Why can't he snowboard while his kids ski? There are very few places where snowboard is not allowed. He won't miss anything. They probably will go to the mountains more often if everybody has something they enjoy doing there. They can ride together on the chairlift and come down the hill together. Stay out of it.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
telerod, cool your jets.
of course he can board, it's a joke.
post #4 of 22
Well, one thing that he'd need skis for is the part that my five daughters all loved as first time skiers - known as the "ski between Dad's skis while he holds us and we 'jump' all the bumps on the cat track."

My aching back was small price to pay for their squeals of joy as they "caught air."
post #5 of 22
OK, I'm sorry. Glad you weren't serious. Not the funniest joke I've heard, but better than some I've told.

I don't have children but I remember sharing a T-bar with my dad which might not have been possible if he was snowboarding. He was twice my height and even though the T was down around dad's knees it was pulling me up the hill by my shoulders but I made sure I didn't fall off. I remember being so proud that I could ride on the same T as my Dad.
post #6 of 22
The funniest thing is, it really wasn't a joke.......
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
you know upracer, the desperate save-him-from-boarding tone isn't meant to be serious at all, just an angle to start the thread that had me chuckling, thinking of my brother's favorite movie, with him unable to choose between boarding and skiing. As t-rod says, not really a knee slapping angle into a thread. Esp. since no one's heard his Jimmy Stewart imitation. Hearing posters' memories on learning to ski with their folks is the point.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks Bill and telerod
here's another, bit like both of yours --

A couple years ago I was out on the hill with my gf, we'd gone with a couple who had their 4 year old with them. We lost track of eachother during the day, until at one point, as we rode up on the lift, one of our friends skiied by. He had one pole held out flat in front of him, and his daughter holding onto the pole like handlebars on a bike, snowplowing in front. Sweeet. When we caught up to eachother later, he said he'd been waiting to do that since he learned how to ski the same way.
post #9 of 22
My most memorable moment was when my son challenged me on a bump hill and when we hit the bottom we were right together. He was 13 at the time. I was used to leaving him in my roostertail but from that day on, no more. He has yet to beat me, and he's 18. This will probably be the year, though. If you're not on the same kind of boards you can't have that type of experience.
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tigerpaw
telerod, cool your jets.
of course he can board, it's a joke.
Yeah but, sniff sniff sniff, I can't think about It's a Wonderful Life, sniff sniff, without bursting into tears! WHAAA!!!

Now where's that bridge?
post #11 of 22
I saw a guy today on a board, trying to follow his little daughter down the hill. She would have been about 5 or 6 I guess, and was steaming along in a snowplough, and he was having quite a bit of trouble matching her...the board wanted to do different things from her skis.
post #12 of 22
My 6 and 8 year olds have been skiing with me since they were 20 and 22 months old.

Today they can ski almost anything, and love to go places there mom won't go. Thier mom has been skiing for 25 years, but she stays out of the big mogul runs and the trees, but the kids jump right in.

What are the best memories????????? There are many.

I do think boarding would be a huge mistake, because there are many many days when we had to give them a pole and skate them accross the flats to get them to the lifts. We also had them between our legs and in front on ropes for a while, and skiing is better for both of these methods.

I use to board, and gave it up when the kids came along. I don't know why, but I think it is the flexability I get with skis, plus I have been helping them alot and I don't think it is as easy whith a board.

Good luck!
post #13 of 22
Jou Jou snowflakes?
post #14 of 22
My son is 17 and now teaches in Snow Stars. He started when he was 3 1/2 y/o. Spent 6 years in Okemo's race program. All of the parents ski, there are so many great memories and great friends we still have. I think some things may have been different if one of us was on a board. All the Mt's still favor skis, it's so much easier to get around. Hopping around like a fish out of water on the flats and not being able to stop and remain standing, just doesn't excite either one of us.

Tell him to ski with his childern, times goes by to fast. You only have them for a short while. College is coming next year for my son, it will be hard going skiing and knowing he won't be with me everyweekend.

Tell him he will cherish the the memories that he doesn't know he is going to have. Don't let him miss out on the greatest time of his life.

Max
post #15 of 22
Mary: "George Bailey lassos stork"
George: "Mary you on the nest?"
Mary : "Emm-hemm"
Geoge: "Well is it a boarder or a skier?"
Mary: "Emm-hemm"
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by pheft
My most memorable moment was when my son challenged me on a bump hill and when we hit the bottom we were right together. He was 13 at the time. I was used to leaving him in my roostertail but from that day on, no more. He has yet to beat me, and he's 18. This will probably be the year, though. If you're not on the same kind of boards you can't have that type of experience.
[Warren Miller] You kid is as good as you for one day..the next day (s)he is better than you [/Warren Miller]

I personally "invested" in my family with skiing. I when my wife started, I didn't teach her, I gave her to "professionals", when I got my in laws started, same thing and now they pay for all of our trips AND bought a ski house in Vermont for us to come to. My son, as a baby, my wife and I shared a lift ticket and baby sat him till he could get on the snow himself. Now he skis (almost) every where i do.

Now we have three generations skiing together, it is real cool
post #17 of 22

Family skiing

I love skiing with my kids (daughter 15 son 18). One of my favorite moments on mountain was 2 springs ago my daughter and I were enjoying some great spring skiing in Telluride. She was kicking my a** on the mountain and enjoying leading me down the mountain. On one run we were in our normal pattern (her leading me following) about half way down the run when I made my move and blew by her. The stunned look on her face as I blasted by was worth the price of the vacation. She of course went into race mode but my lead was too great and beat her to the lift. I still gloat about how I "won the race". My son and I are headed out in Jan for a week in Telluride and my daughter and I will be skiing in March. I'm sure she'll be keeping an eye on her old dad as we ski down the mountain.
post #18 of 22
The only joy greater then skiing with your kids, must be skiing with your grand kids.
post #19 of 22
Ya know that day when you see your son/daughter make their first turns...grinnin & squelin...that's the BEST day on the snow. Ever. Hands down. Knowin you just witnessed something very holy...knowin that while the shape and size may be the same there's been a very basic molecular transformation...like if you looked under a microsope all the cells are now shaped like tiny little rossignol roosters...for now and ever more one of US...
post #20 of 22
Skiing without your kids is like empty-nest syndrome. But friends always fill the gaps when they arn`t with you.
For me personally, my daughter finishes her 4th year of college in may and i have the 05/06 ski season to relive some of those earlier days skiing together before she moves on to med school and becomes unavailable mostly again.
post #21 of 22
Boarding, skiing doesn't matter. Time on the hill together is what matters.
post #22 of 22
When my daughter was about 4, it started really dumping, getting windy and colder, when we were up at Brighton - pretty soon we were just about the only ones out there. She asked, in all innocence and truly not knowing, why all the people were going inside. I knew I had a gooder. Years later, the first time she took off up the lift by herself, I told her to make one run, then come check in with me at the lodge. 4 runs later, she finally decided to stop in. Then I knew I had trouble.
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