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EPIC skiing and babies?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
So as of an hour ago I live in a camper with my wife who is 4 and half months along. We have been in Pemberton BC for last 2 years and are hitting the road back north to Smithers, BC for the season. Apparently there is lots of snow and I hear through the grapevine that our little mini ski cabin I built has a cease and desist work notice so we may be in camper for a bit longer then planned. I am kinda nervous for the 15 hours drive with huge loaded camper and living with prego wife etc.

I would like to promise that I am going to ski every single day til may but that would be a lie. You know what they say: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
And I hear this things called 'kids' can be a handful. Well, it is not due til may anyway so this might be my last chance to ski everyday...?

I know the answer but the question is How do kids cramp the style in the slopes? Will I go crazy? I just need to make it until he/she is in school so me and the lady can drop it off on the way to the slopes. Is that wishful thinking?

Wish me luck! Driving dead north like a goose come spring.
post #2 of 12
Most of us with your apprehensions forgot all about them when the kid arrived. Hopefully, for the sake of wife and impending child, you will too.
post #3 of 12
I'd ask yourself, how old is old enough for he / she to start skiing? I didn't ski until I was 12 or 13, but my mom would call me in sick once in a while when the snow was exceptional.

We don't have kids yet, but I think it'd be fun watching them learn, then be able to tear up the mountain with me.
post #4 of 12
Well, as you can expect, kids can definitely put a "temporary crimp" in the number of days on skis. However, with a little patience, guidance and determination, they can become your most dedicated ski partners.

I have found that the couple seasons I spent on the beginner hill teaching my two kids to ski when they were 2 have more than paid off in the long run. Now at 11 and 15, I can count on them for 1st chair and then lead me to the best trees, steeps, chutes, etc. on the mountain. To say they are addicted is an understatement.
post #5 of 12
Luck! :tup:

But hey, bring the kid skiing. By school age the kid should be able to ski pretty much anything. Very few things impress me more than seeing waist-high rippers.
post #6 of 12
Enjoy as much time with your child as you can. The time really does go fast. Go to ski areas with daycare. Buy a good kid carrier and spend time cruising blues. Get them on snow early and often. Take advantage of your kids natural inclination to want to be with and please you. Always put fun #1 on your list.
post #7 of 12
I had my first boy two and a half years ago, and I've managed to keep skiing! If you live within easy driving distance of your mountain the trick is to schedule regular skiing trips far in advanced. I'm lucky to live 45 minutes away from some decent night skiing, so I went every Thursday night. I traded off a night with my wife - she got to play soccer every Monday night. Plan ahead, and you'll be fine!

Of course this year we had twins. Now I don't know what I'm going to do!
post #8 of 12
Any loss in skiing is worth it in spades. Enjoy being with your child, and share your passion for skiing with them as they get older. My general advice is to adjust your expectations for anything you have done before (including skiing), and relax and enjoy doing it with your child. You will both be much happier with this approach.

Oh, and congratulations!
post #9 of 12
Smithers? I have been there. I would say not many people have.

I have an 8 month old. We use daycare and I will get at least 4-5 days a week. As soon as he can ski, he will. Congrats, it is the best adventure you will go on.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks! This is the first time that I have not been consumed by the need to ski all winter. Feels good and more 'free' in a way. I am actually stoked to work my ass off and put all this energy into being a 'provider'.

I am gonna get mine this winter though, I tell you what! Within reason of course.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by NeedToSki View Post
Well, as you can expect, kids can definitely put a "temporary crimp" in the number of days on skis. However, with a little patience, guidance and determination, they can become your most dedicated ski partners.

I have found that the couple seasons I spent on the beginner hill teaching my two kids to ski when they were 2 have more than paid off in the long run. Now at 11 and 15, I can count on them for 1st chair and then lead me to the best trees, steeps, chutes, etc. on the mountain. To say they are addicted is an understatement.
That's a beautiful thing!
post #12 of 12
Constance,

I felt the same way you did; I have a 1 year old. I'm not skiing as much as I used to but the tradeoff is the time I get to spend with him. My wife is great (she likes to ski too) and knows that skiing is one of the ways I stay sane in a crazy world. Since she's not as passionate as I am...she is supportive and is cool with me being gone for short trips. I take her on one trip a year and will either have grandma babysit or get child care so my wife can relax and ski and not worry about the baby.

I eagerly await the day that he can slide down a baby slope on his skis between my legs more than any POW day. The fun and joy he will experience will probably move me in ways I can't even begin to understand. I won't force it on him but, secretly, I pray it will be the first of many amazing memories together on the mtn. If he takes to it..it'll be a quick march until he's kicking his old man's butt!
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