Monday, February 9, 2009

Ski/Snowboard Lessons

A couple of weeks ago, Daniel and I went skiing with some of his coworkers. It was the first time either of us had been in years, and yes, we do live 20 minutes away from a ski resort. What a shame. Anyhoo...we had so much fun that I decided it was time to sign the kids up for lessons. We are an active family and we love to be outdoors in the summer, but winter comes around and we just don't get out as much as we ought to. You just can't live in Idaho and not learn to enjoy winter. Winter is 9 months long ;)

Mason decided he wanted to snowboard and Savannah wanted to ski. Neither Dan or I had boarded before but Dan decided to rent a board so he could snowboard with Mason and I would ski with Savannah after her lessons.

We all had so much fun! I was slightly worried about Mason because I know snowboarding can be kind of difficult and he tends to get easily discouraged. I stayed with Savannah as she skiied with her instructor and didn't see Mason until after his lesson. He did fantastic! And he loved it!

We spent the rest of the evening there after their lessons ended. Dan and Mason went up and down the mountain all night. Savannah wasn't ready to do the hill without her instructor (although she did go up twice with him) so she and I stayed on the bunny hill where I helped her get used to the tow rope and work on her turns.

The kids fell in love and begged to go back again soon, so we plan to go up again this weekend. It was well worth the cost to put them in lessons rather than trying to teach them ourselves.

And I, for one, am thrilled to have another outdoor activity that we can do together as family.


Merrill Clan said...

It sounds like you had a great time. We are starting our little boy Garrett in lessons down here at Sundance. He is almost four, but we thought it was time. Your kids are adorable in their gear.

Janna said...

Zack used to force me to get outside no matter how hot or cold it was. But, as he's gotten older he no longer likes the extreme heat or cold. When winter comes we practically hibernate indoors! I had forgotten that we could just bundle up and still get out! Sounds so simple, why is it that we forget about this? We've been doing that since the ice storm and it's been so nice... just to be out and doing something!

That looks like a really fun activity! Next time take some pictures on the slopes for us!!

~AnnaMarie~ said...

I wanted to take some pictures on the slopes but I only had my DSLR camera and didnt want to risk it ;) Next time I need to just take a cheaper camera up with me so I can take some fun pics.

Jeff and April said...

Remember Powder Horn Mountain back in the day? That was so fun! Ahhh, my first taste of skiing. Jeff has turned my kids into skiers too. My kids are better than I am- but then again that's not too hard.