We've been wanting to get the kids in ski lessons for a couple years. I was determined to make it happen this year. So shortly after Christmas we reserved a spot for the kids to take a beginning ski lesson up at Snoqualmie Summit. We left Miles home with a babysitter the entire day, and headed out bright and early to be at resort by 8:30am. The lesson price included the lift ticket and rental.
The resort gives themselves a full hour to outfit the kids with skis and boots. So the lessons didn't actually start until 10AM. In the mean time Trev and I rented skis (huge line).
Rylan loved the part where they put on one ski and let you scoot around using your other foot (just like a scooter). But they said he fizzled out after an hour and went back into the clubhouse to drink hot cocoa. Yah, money well spent. Gotta wait one more year (or two) for him I guess. He sure looked cute in his little skis though!
Addy and Carson both enjoyed their classes and became pros at the little hill with the 'magic carpet' conveyor belt to the top.
My little skiers and snowboarder.
Carson picked up the snowboard pretty quickly. He's awesome on his ripstick skateboard, so I knew he had the general motion down. He jumped 3 levels in one day and now needs help making good turns. Unfortunately Trevor and I couldn't help him one bit...I needed my awesome snowboarding sisters!
And a blast from the past. Here is Carson in Jan 2006 in Park City. Oh he looks so much like Rylan!
The weather was amazing. We were peeling off layers and the sun felt so good! We ate a yummy lunch outside before getting everyone back in their gear. It's half the battle just managing all the STUFF. We rented a locker close by that we could get in an out of all day and that was a life savor for cameras, gloves, food, etc.
But after lunch Ry was spent. My sister lives just 20 minutes away, so I called and asked if we could drop him off for a couple hours. She totally came to the rescue! Trevor was down and back in less than an hour and that gave us time to play with Carson and Addy.
Addy and Carson both rode the chair lift a couple times. Addison was super reluctant...I almost had to force her on as she was about to jump out of line at the very end. But I'm so glad they did that because she gained so much confidence after doing it once. Addison gets most improved for the day. Going from never skiing ever, to riding the chair lift and having a blast making big turns all the way down. She loved it! She was so good!
I haven't skied in 12 years. Yah. That long. And I wasn't ever any good. Trevor was awesome and patient as I was re-learning. He picked it back up in an instant, but it takes me a couple times down to get the feel for it again.
It was a gorgeous day and the kids begged to stay, but we had to get back to the babysitter that was costing us a small fortune. I really hope we can get up one more time this year. It's an expensive sport so I am on the look-out for some used gear. If we are going to go a couple times a year we need to start collecting our own stuff. I always like getting the kids out there trying new things. It's good for all of us (especially me this time) to get out of our comfort zone and try some thing new! I want to be a family the enjoys doing stuff together, and I think part of that is just providing opportunities and experiencing things together.