January 12, 2015 Kids: The Snowplow Returns Kids

Kids: The Snowplow Returns

As parents we are oh-so-sensitive to regression. We fight tooth and nail for every scrap of developmental progress, be it reading, eating with utensils, escaping diapers, or not drawing on walls, and when those inevitable moments of regression shatter our complacency, our sense of loss and even outrage can be overwhelming. (more...)...

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March 11, 2013 Kids: Chasing The Cousins Kids

Kids: Chasing The Cousins

I think my son was four when we first skied with his cousins. At that time, he was very cautious on snow, preferring to follow me at all times rather than lead the way. He kept his speed slow—very slow, slow enough that he often stopped on flat sections, meaning I’d have to backtrack up (more...)...

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February 15, 2013 Kids: Get Help When You Need It Kids

Kids: Get Help When You Need It

At some point in your quest to turn your kids into skiers, no matter how much you love to do everything yourself, chances are you’ll find yourself stuck or running out of steam or just fantasizing about going off on your own to make some adult-sized turns. In other words, you’ll reach the point, whether (more...)...

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December 29, 2012 Of Mountains and Molehills Kids

Of Mountains and Molehills

For those of you who have snow in your own backyard, I’m very jealous. Here on vacation in Northern Arizona, I’ve been enjoying the pleasures of cross country skiing, which currently entails no more hassle than me putting on warm clothes and stepping outside—fabulous. Naturally, my kids see me dressing up in my snow pants, (more...)...

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December 5, 2012 First Steps: Kids on Snow Kids

First Steps: Kids on Snow

In my teach your kids to ski series from last season, we talked a lot about the process of getting your kids familiar with and interested in skiing, from the philosophical (promoting ski culture) to the practical (gearing up and dry land training). While I can’t stress enough the benefits of these off-the-hill preparations, at (more...)...

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April 12, 2012 Finding Appropriate Terrain Kids

Finding Appropriate Terrain

I would like to relate a little story about ski terrain and my hometown mountain, the Arizona Snowbowl. I was skiing there with my son, who had recently progressed to skiing off a leash, making turns and stopping all on his own, and he wanted to ski a run called Ridge to celebrate his new-found (more...)...

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March 21, 2012 Skiing With Kids: Dry Land Training Kids

Skiing With Kids: Dry Land Training

One of the things that occurs to me about skiing with kids is that it’s tough. It’s tough in so many ways and on so many levels I wouldn’t know where to begin to talk about it (and I wouldn’t want to scare you off), but thankfully there are ways to turn your kids into (more...)...

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February 29, 2012 Embracing the Edgie-Wedgie Kids

Embracing the Edgie-Wedgie

Whenever I find myself riding up a chairlift with a ski instructor, the first thing I do is ask what age range they teach. And if they say ‘kids’, I get a bit of a glint in my eye and I start asking a whole bunch of questions. That’s how I learned about the Edgie-Wedgie, (more...)...

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February 24, 2012 The Liabilities of the Leash Kids

The Liabilities of the Leash

Forgive me for sounding dramatic, but the use of a leash turns out to be something of a two-edged sword. When it comes to teaching your kids to ski, it’s worth taking a moment to contemplate the good and the bad of the leash so that you can use it to best effect (if you (more...)...

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February 19, 2012 Everyone Has Fun, No One Gets Hurt Kids

Everyone Has Fun, No One Gets Hurt

‘Everyone has fun; no one gets hurt’ has become my motto when I’m skiing with my kids. As a mission statement it is simple, concise, and appropriately catchy, but before you nod your head in agreement and then move on, let me first take a moment to try to convince you that this little mantra (more...)...

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