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dude I was you 6 years ago and now skiing with my kids (10 and 12) is like skiing with my buddies! No more holding back, we are all at the same skill level. good job putting the time in, when it pays off later it is SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!! You're a good man!!!!Here's one guy getting VERY stoked for the upcoming season!
The past few years have been quiet (skiing-wise) years for me with the births of three kids and of course the pandemic. I got a few solo trips in here and there, like the blackout storm at Platty and some other great days, but for the most part my trips were local and kid-focused. I have skied some new areas (to me) like Victor Constant at West Point (cool place) and Mt. Peter (crowded but fine for kids). Only really got a couple days in in spring when the pregnant wife could sit outside with the two year old. I was on skis for the first time in 25 years having snowboarded exclusively since the early 90s. I'm a terrible skier but good enough to get the kids down between the legs. Have also been doing a lot of XC / backyard downhill / sledding with the kids. Thankfully we've had some good snow years locally (Westchester). And my kids love being outdoors and spend a ton of time outside in any weather (mandatory!).
This year my oldest is finally eligible for seasonal programs at four years old. My wife and I got season passes to Catamount and he'll be in the kids program every weekend / holiday day we can get there. This is the first time I've had a season pass since probably 2000? Very happy this has coincided with the Schaefers' purchase of the mountain and improvements. They've put a ton of money into the place, new lifts and new terrain, plus new lodge and dining, which helps the family experience and means I can probably drag Grandma along to babysit a couple times. Also, getting three mountains on a pretty inexpensive pass is great. We'll be able to do some overnights and show the kids other hills (Bousquet and BEast).
My two and a half year old will be with me on the magic carpet to start but she's a big kid and always trying to keep up with her older brother so I expect she'll pick it up quick. My eldest "gets it" and can ride the chair and ski well on leash; expecting big improvements this year. I'm hoping to get 20 - 30 days in. 30 days would be great. And, given that I'll be working from home for awhile yet, really hoping to get the snowboard back on and rip it up a few days, maybe even take some solo trips up. One of the best parts about having a pass is that you don't feel guilty not skiing bell to bell. Up for a few laps first thing in the morning, back to pick the kids up from school / daycare is feasible. Stoked!
I always enjoy getting on the board here and skiing vicariously, reading about trips out west and everywhere else. After a couple years basically "off" to rear three kids, I'm truly excited skiing is gonna be a big part of my life again and getting the kids into it is so much fun. Ten years from now I'll be posting my own "road trip through Idaho ski areas with the family" thread. Until then, good luck getting after it and THINK SNOW!
Here's my eldest practicing his yard sale out of the gate:
Not true … “2021-2022 season terms state that the 4 Pass is valid on weekends, subject to restricted dates and redemption requirements.” … source: https://skivermont.com/ski-vermont-4-pass-information#FP_Restrictions_Redemptions_ReservationsGood weekdays only
Ahh good the email I got back in September I thought it said thatNot true … “2021-2022 season terms state that the 4 Pass is valid on weekends, subject to restricted dates and redemption requirements.” … source: https://skivermont.com/ski-vermont-4-pass-information#FP_Restrictions_Redemptions_Reservations
dude I was you 6 years ago and now skiing with my kids (10 and 12) is like skiing with my buddies! No more holding back, we are all at the same skill level. good job putting the time in, when it pays off later it is SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!! You're a good man!!!!
Started mine at 6 and at 13 (last year) they were holding back very slightly. They are way better than I was when I graduated college and better than some of my ski buddies are today.
My wife did get better skiing with our 3 boys but now they are 18-23 and kicking her ass (and somewhat mine) she doesn’t like skiing with us as much.Wait until they are in their late teens and early 20s they will kick you ass. We have for boys with no fear and it caused my wife to become a better skier. She did not know how to ski when they were born. We started them all around 3 and 4 in camps and lessons and my wife learned through time with me.
Back to the topic - we are excited to get out there but being in the east now we do not find ourselves as motivated as we were in Colorado. I will live vicariously through those who get some early turns in.