Watching your kids advance from being never-ever skiers, and not being able to stand on the mountain without falling over, to making clean parallel turns, is one of the great joys in life. Seriously.
During the last few days here at Breckenridge Ski Resort, I’ve have the privilege of watching all three of my kids make significant breakthroughs in their technique.
As of this afternoon, both my sons Aren and Iden, and my daughter Erysse, are solid Level 5 skiers. I don’t have just their instructors Ben and Andrea to thank for that, but all of their teachers who came before them.
So as I sat on the 5-chair, with snow collecting on my goggles and the wind whipping around (yep, I removed my glove and snapped that picture you see above … my hand is still thawing out) I thought to myself, “This is all worth it. These kids are getting it.”
They’re halfway there. Sure, they have a few levels to go before they’re jumping off cliffs and skiing extreme terrain. I’m not sure if I’ll ever join them for that kind of family fun, but you never know after yesterday’s adventure.
I’m looking outside my room and it’s starting to get darker, and the snow is coming down even harder. Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to taking the kids out to practice what they’ve learned. I hope the weather holds up. Whatever happens, the snow is going to be excellent.