I’m pretty sure I was the proudest mommy in the world on Saturday. For a few weeks, Tommy and I had talked about taking Munchkin skiing, but on Saturday morning we were this.close to changing our minds and going tubing for the day instead of skiing. We didn’t want to go through the hassle of renting the gear, buying our tickets, only to find out that he hated it and didn’t even want to try, but something told me go for it. What’s the worst that could happen, we’d be out a couple bucks? Luckily, we went for it and I think we’ve got a skier on our hands.
When we got to the ski rental shop, I told myself that if we get the boots and skis on him, I would write the day off as a success, no matter if he got any real skiing done, because after all, he is only 3. When we got his little boots on in the store, I was relieved and felt like we were over the first hurdle. Next up, getting in the snow. We trekked out to the magic carpet, put on our skis and the tears started flowing. He couldn’t stand or walk and he wasn’t feeling it. We asked him to give it one try and he did. Tommy pulled him up the little hill and by the time they reached the bottom, he was yelling “Try again!”
After a few runs at the bottom, we were ready to get on the carpet. We got to the top of the hill and headed over to the practice area, where he basically killed it and shocked us in the process. He doesn’t have the concept of stopping down yet, but he has incredible balance and only fell once or twice throughout the whole day.
The main reason I wanted to get him on skis at three is the lack of fear at this age. Fear is the number one thing that holds me back when we’re skiing and I wanted him to have a chance to try before his awareness kicked in and kept him from trying.
We are already planning another trip back, preferably on a less crowded day, to let the little man give it another go this season. I could not be more excited that he loves skiing and hopefully in a few years he’ll be zooming past me on the slopes calling me a slow poke!
Do you ski/snowboard? At what age did you learn?