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Snow Lover’s Trivia: Finding joy in teaching children to ski


This past week the conditions have been stellar, feet of snow on the ground, ski areas a hundred percent open, base lodges packed, and parking lots full. What more could a ski fanatic be enthusiastic about?

We as parents have something to be enthusiastic about, our children’s ski progress. Ethan, our six-year old, was in his second ski race of the year at Willard Mountain. The award for boys eight years old and under was a ribbon and chocolate. Reasons enough for running a race. Our other child, Rozlynn, at two-and-a-half years old is now on skis, learning on a magic carpet ride. It is never too young to start your child skiing or riding, as long as they are having fun.

Are you a stage mom when it comes to your child on the slopes? My husband and I were at Ethan’s latest alpine race. Tim had me video at the beginning of the race course while he covered halfway to the bottom. And then, in between Ethan’s two chances to get a good finishing time, Tim made sure Ethan did not tire out going down difficult runs.

He said, “let’s not take him down were the bumps are. We must not overwork our future Olympian.”

There is something so special about seeing your child truly start to get the sport you love. Like when they start to pick up reading. After Ethan’s race we did a couple more runs with him. We kept shaking our heads and smiling at each other, amazed over his progress. It was Presidents’ Day and we found that our son wasn’t a beginner anymore and we could enjoy our sport with him.

In the beginning we learned not to push our children to ski. When Ethan was two year sold, we started to teach him before he was ready. One day he had his first good face plant in the snow before knowing how to turn or stop. He was fine, but it scared him. It took a year before he relaxed about skiing. We had to take it slow, encourage him, and quit whenever he got nervous. Lessons at our local area, Willard Mountain, helped him to get pass that and now he loves skiing.

Every child is different as far as how they take on a sport. It has to do with personality and disposition. Our little girl, Rozlynn, falls down on skis, gets snow in her face, gets back up, and goes for more. We chase after her. She may fuss for a moment, but the next minute she’s smiling. I have not even taught her to do the pizza stance.

It is wonderful to teach your children to do your sport. Once they start to pick it up you experience real joy. You see yourself in them, see them copy you, and remember (if you can) the time you first learned. It is so worth the trouble!

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