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When i came to the Tetons 10 years ago, I roamed the mountains freely, working a little on the side, but unencumbered and without kids – my schedule was my own. I used to think that a hard day of skiing involved long days in the backcountry. Then I had kids, and I learned – backcountry days are a joke compared to the exhausting task of teaching your own kids to ski! Still Kim and I managed to instill a love of skiing into the kids, and skiing became a family affair with our clan. I make my life as a skier and a guide, so it was natural for me to want to pass on the experience of being in the mountains in that way to my children.
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This year we signed both the kids up for the Saturday locals program with the Mountain Sports School (MSS) – because I’m realizing that just being a skier doesn’t qualify me to be the best person to help my kids develop in their own skiing – that can be a tough pill to swallow as a parent, but in skiing, as in so many other areas, sometimes the best thing for your kids is to cut them loose.

A few weeks into the season and Gemma (5yrs) had her first snowboard lesson – amazing! Alyosha, under the unwaveringly high standards of Will Pasquill, is learning about working hard, getting up when you fall down, and in all things – giving it your best.

And having lunch with my wife at Couloir isn’t that bad either!
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