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post #1 of 16
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I've been skiing since I was 3, but I discovered a new joy from the sport. I started my kids skiing this year. Only one had taken any interest; the other 2 kind of whined and dragged their feet. I remained persistent, as I could see that they were improving with each time out.

Today, we went out - great snow after a foot or so fell yesterday. All 3 (plus my wife, a beginner) had a blast. They were all so excited, they didn't want to stop until the cold got the better of them. I had a great time, skiing the beginner slopes, encouraging them all the way.

I'm not sure if I ever got as much enjoyment any time during my skiing career.
Now I'm looking forward to their improvement, so we can start doing some trips.
post #2 of 16
I totally agree! My kids are 6 and 8. We have all been skiing together for 2 full years now and theres nothing like looking over and seeing you kids making turns with big smiles on their faces. We have been to Targhee earlier this year and are going to Vail for Easter. Skiing is the one activity that we all enjoy together, even more so than little league or AYSO.
post #3 of 16
I have many great memories like you describe. My kids are now 16 and 19 and the family ski days aren't as easily arranged. I did have a great day with my 16 year old son this past Sunday. It was a challenge to get him out of bed but I persisted and we had a great day.

As much as I love skiing, I think I enjoyed the car ride and lift rides as much that day. It was great bonding time.
post #4 of 16
If it wasn't for my kids, I wouldn't have taken so much interest in the sport. It's the best part about skiing, IMHO.
post #5 of 16
I am a bit jealous... I was not able to share it with my family growing up (none caught the bug but me). My kids are a little hesitant, but I have some hope after this recent outing; they may be coming around. Terry's finally back on skis, too, so perhaps all five of us will have that opportunity.

Better that than family camping! :
post #6 of 16
DITO

I ski with my 12 year old daughter. When she can't come it just doesn't seem the same. I love sharing with parents how to make their kids experince the best so they want to come back! (I used M&Ms)
post #7 of 16
My daughter and son, ages 15 and 11, have been on skis on skis 12 and 6 years respectively. For the last 3 or 4 years, at least 75% of the 20 or so days a year I ski, have been spent in whole or in part with one or both of them. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it (it's a thrill when you can share one of your true passions with your children), but still cherished those few days without them when I could do "adult" skiing.

This year, it seems both kids have a lot of obligations on weekends (schoolwork, basketball teams, etc.) so I've had more opportunities than in the past for skiing without them (mostly by myself, occasionally with friends). I find that really miss them. Aside from being pretty good skiers (I don't really have to dial it back all that much for them anymore), they're really good company.
post #8 of 16
My daughter took off this year and has been shredding ever since. At the age of 9 she has skied everything at MRG. We were just at Jackson Hole and my friends were shocked that she could ski everything with us no problem, she skied the expert chutes a few times. It scares me that she is an advanced skier before I even began skiing! Now I have a ski partner for the foreseeable future.

Alfonse
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by SnoSkier
DITO

I ski with my 12 year old daughter. When she can't come it just doesn't seem the same. I love sharing with parents how to make their kids experince the best so they want to come back! (I used M&Ms)
I can second that as well. My 8 1/2 year old daugher has been on skis since 4 1/2. THis past weekend she didn't go with me because she had a cold (mom kept her home). I still had a good time but it wasn't the same.
post #10 of 16
My daughter turned 2 in january.....and I can't wait for her to ski with me. A little too young this winter....but hopefully next winter..especially late winter, early spring I'll get her out there with me.

I did buy some plastic strap-on skis (really toy skis) to get her into it. I have taken her outside on them a couple of times this winter in the snow...and she has been....so so into it. I don't push it as I don't want her to have any bad feelings associated with skiing. She likes speed..loves being on my bike and sledding...so i'm sure its a matter of time. Also at her age...the clothing is just so bulky..its hard to move around in just the clothes, let alone on skis.

I have the best memories of skiing with my dad as a kid..and hope my daughter will have the same...
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by eugkim
I've been skiing since I was 3, but I discovered a new joy from the sport. I started my kids skiing this year. Only one had taken any interest; the other 2 kind of whined and dragged their feet. I remained persistent, as I could see that they were improving with each time out.

Today, we went out - great snow after a foot or so fell yesterday. All 3 (plus my wife, a beginner) had a blast. They were all so excited, they didn't want to stop until the cold got the better of them. I had a great time, skiing the beginner slopes, encouraging them all the way.

I'm not sure if I ever got as much enjoyment any time during my skiing career.
Now I'm looking forward to their improvement, so we can start doing some trips.
Thanks for sharing. We have #1 due in June. Everyone speculates not whether it will be a boy or a girl, but whether or not it will be a skier or a snowboarder. Can't wait!
post #12 of 16
It's amazing that a person can have as much fun spending an hour getting kids ready, as much time driving to the resort, ski two or three runs and then go back home- as one can have alone on a powder day. Maybe more- soon they want to stay till dark...
post #13 of 16
eugkim...i can relate completely! The stages of their progression will reap you hours of humor, frustration (sometimes), and overall antics. I felt pretty good when I heard about the parties going on during the weekends and I'd hear my oldest son say, "nah...I'm going skiing with my mom". We connect on our weekends in the mountains. No work, no school (except with our favorite instructors), no pressure...a time for us all to enjoy.

My oldest: Skier Dude



And the "lil rider dude"

post #14 of 16
I have to echo all comments above , I can honestly say there is nobody I like skiing more with than my own girls. Whats interesting is now it has turned into a competition at times , If I'm going to ski it they are also.
post #15 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by eugkim
I've been skiing since I was 3, but I discovered a new joy from the sport. I started my kids skiing this year. Only one had taken any interest; the other 2 kind of whined and dragged their feet. I remained persistent, as I could see that they were improving with each time out.

Today, we went out - great snow after a foot or so fell yesterday. All 3 (plus my wife, a beginner) had a blast. They were all so excited, they didn't want to stop until the cold got the better of them. I had a great time, skiing the beginner slopes, encouraging them all the way.

I'm not sure if I ever got as much enjoyment any time during my skiing career.
Now I'm looking forward to their improvement, so we can start doing some trips.
Great feeling. Even better is when you start your grandchildren and ski with them as well.

I started my kids young and have enjoyed skiing with them for many years. Now they are all 40+ and we have 5 of the 6 grandchildren skiing and 3 of them learning to race. Some of the best days skiing in the past few years have been when I have taken my grandson (now 10) skiing. We both enjoy it and he is beginning to appreciate a grandfather who can share an active sport and teach him about it. One of my sons and I just skied on Monday...great way to stay connected to your family.

My sons, their wives and kids, and my wife and I ski together and we are planning a trip west for all to meet. The only one who cannot ski is the youngest who is still an infant.

Not many sports where 3 generations can participate. Skiing is the best.
post #16 of 16

Best of Times

I love skiing with my children (18 & 15). Spent a week in Telluride with my son, 18), in January. Heading back in 3 weeks with my daughter. She told me last night at dinner than her school chums are heading to beaches for spring break but she's so happy that'll she'll be skiing with her dear old dad. Amazing that a 15 year old is looking forward to spending lots of time with her father.

Only thing that'd make it better is if my wife would get her knee operation so she could join us on the slopes.
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