Having kids changes things a LOT, doesn’t it?
I mean, used to be you could ski pretty much when the mood struck you — and time allowed. Well, anyone who has kids knows those days are over.
So what do you do if you have kids and you want to ski?
The answer is simple: Get Them Involved!
Start talking to them about skiing well before you head to the slopes. This can give them an idea about what to expect and make the transition to the slopes a lot easier.
If they’re old enough, enroll them in a ski program.. A few hours a day is sure to be enough. Planning it for when they’re most receptive (i.e. not tired) would be best.
Focus on the positive. A lot of praise can make a big difference. So make a big deal when they learn a big skill. And when they want you to watch, WATCH!
Don’t take them on trails they can’t handle, just because you want to go there. It isn’t enough to say, “Oh, I won’t let them get into trouble.” Things can, well, just happen. Besides, if it’s beyond their ability, they won’t enjoy it. Better to stick to the easier runs where they can have fun than to get them so scared they won’t want to come back!
Be sure to take some time for yourself. I mean, you want to have fun, too, right? So get a sitter sometime and go by yourself (or with your friends). Or have Dad watch them, for a change. After all, you deserve it!