On Saturday I dropped Gemma off in ski school, and as I prepared to leave to go skiing with my wife and friends – she asked “Dad, will you stay and watch me ski?” I never would have guessed it before I had kids, but I can honestly say there are few things in my life that can rival the exhilaration of watching my kids taking on the challenges of the mountains, and loving the experience. Jenn Wood – Gemma’s tireless Kids Ranch Instructor was happy to have me tag along. The whole experience was a blast, watching Jenn giving the kids freedom to roam, while teaching them how to be safe, and watching all these 5 year old girls tear around the mountain so easily. Growing up in JH is a rare privilege.
On Sunday, while the whole mountain was covered in 19 inches of new snow Alyosha (8yrs) had something else in mind: the mini terrain park – the one place guaranteed to not have any fresh snow! I was feeling tired after weeks of hard skiing, so I was happy to follow him and his friend Nico as they worked on their tricks. We spent the better part of the day lapping the Teewinot chair as they practiced and perfected the ‘crash and burn.’ In the end they weren’t able to stick their landings, but they each made huge improvement – and the lessons of hard work, and getting back up when you fall down to achieve a goal – were not lost on any of us. It was an amazing day.
Check out the carnage: