So proclaimed Claire after her first-ever skiing experience! Ren too gave it a great review, although he made sure to mention how hard it is!
We have a little ski-hill in our river valley, only about a 10 minute drive from our house. We decided it was finally time to give it a go. Last week, I signed the kids up for a one-hour private lesson for Sunday morning. Neither Paul nor I had a clue about how to teach a kid to ski so we thought it would be best to look to the pros. Thank God we did. I think it made a huge difference in how successful the kids were!
Here they are surveying the slopes before their big lesson.
The first part of the kids’ lesson was without skis. Jean took them up the magic carpet and onto the bunny slope sans skis to get them used to the magic carpet and to easily introduce the snow-ploughing concept to them.
Then she spent some time with the kids on just one ski each. I would never have thought of that but it seemed to really give the kids the idea of how to move around.
And finally, two skiis each!
Jean used a few different tricks to get the kids used to snow-ploughing. For the first little while, she used a device that kept the fronts of their skiis together but at the same time prevented the skiis from crossing. She also used a hula-hoop thingy to give the kids a hand sometimes. But within the hour, they were doing it all on their own.
Claire’s face in the photo above cracks me up. It is such a strange little expression that I haven’t seen on her face before.
After the lesson, we went inside for some hot chocolate and, since Paul was the one picking out the food, poutine. The kids kept looking back outside at the hill they had conquered:
So, back outside we went!
Paul and I are thrilled that this was such a good experience for the children. We didn’t ski ourselves this time around but we look forward to when we can ski together as a family. We hope to go a couple more times before the season is over but with the way the snow is melting as I write this, who knows!