Opening Weekend

Most people took advantage of the bluebird (and frigid) day on Dec 3 to celebrate opening weekend at Deer Valley. My family waited for the storm.

My chat with a friend at Celebrity Ski Fest the day before, about skiing with kids on warm, sunny days is best, was ringing in my ears. So, too, was a chat with Ski Uncle, on the phone an hour earlier. “I like that you take them out in all kinds of weather—it makes them tough!”

Really, they’re both right. For the very littlest skiers, sunny, warm days are best. It takes the sting out of standing around/falling around on the snow if the sun is shining. However, on a colder day, you, the parent, don’t overheat as easily from all of the bending, lifting and overall schlepping activity that comes along for the ride. Also, if you’re sticking to the bunny hill, visibility isn’t an issue on a stormy day—and without fair-weather skiers on the hill, it’s simply less crowded. Which leads me to the best payoff of all…More fresh snow for those of us willing to “brave it.”

Sure, I wasn’t getting a lot of buy in from my Little Guy as we started layering up at home. But I made a strategically ostentatious stop in the pantry during gear-up. “What’s that??” My kids asked, as I extracted the Ziploc bag of leftover Halloween candy (really!) from the shelf. “Prizes! For the Rothchild Olympics! Who’s gonna win the race on Wide West?!” Suddenly, my too-jaded-for-the-bunny-hill Big Guy was clamoring, and my reluctant Little Guy (who, I suspected, couldn’t remember how much he loved flying down the hill the previous two years) was Ready To Ski.

Once we were booting up in Snow Park, we had a few other challenges to overcome. Ski Dad, for instance, had left his asthma inhaler at home—and miserably resigned himself to the role of Spectator in Chief. My heart broke a little—he looked crestfallen. Then, Little Guy recoiled (loudly, with dramatic screams) from the unfamiliar pain of putting on awkward, tight ski boots. Yes, I should have let him play with them at home. But I got lazy.

My friend Edo, one of Deer Valley’s experienced ski instructors, stopped by the table to offer some words of encouragement, and then whispered to me, “Usually we try four times and then we stop trying.” It turns out, the stopping is the key to success.

“Ok, you can just hang with Daddy, then,” I said, cheerfully. “More prizes for Lance!”

“No, I can put on my boots! I’m ready to ski.” Or eat candy. But who’s counting. It worked. And we were on the hill.

Not without incident. “I am terrible at skiing!!!” Wailed little guy, as he took off at the top of Wide West and promptly fell down. I definitely spend a minute or two cursing myself that we hadn’t taken the conveyor lifts for a warm-up spin. Everyone was just so excited about the chairlift ride, that I got carried away. “I am soooo bad at this!” He complained, as he fell again and again.

A few reminders about using “Superman” arms when skiing forward, and “Airplane” arms to make the turn, and he was off to conquer the race course. By run’s end, he was begging for more. He’d also made a friend in the lodge, and had a blast calling out to little Jack from the chairlift. “Go, Jack, Go!” shouted my boys.

Big Guy, of course, was a little bored on the bunny hill, but managed to be a good sport about the fact that we needed to keep it simple that day. Little Guy had skied so hard by lunch that a meltdown was nearly guaranteed if we left him with Dad in the lodge to go ski on the big hill. Not. Worth. It.

I followed my favorite “quit while I’m ahead” ski-parenting strategy , and home we went.  On the way home, candy prizes were distributed, and compliments were passed out.

“I liked your focus and determination on the hill, Seth!”

“Mom,” he said. “Falling is good learning!”

“Lance, your first run this year was better than your last run last year—because you grew, you’re stonger,” I said.

“Plus, mom, I rode my bike a lot and I think karate is helping me, too,” said Big Guy. “I’ve got much better balance.”

 

 

Leave your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook Feed

❄️❄️❄️❄️ Today at Deer Valley Resort. | Photo Credit: @ishredd ... See MoreSee Less

❄️❄️❄️❄️ Today at Deer Valley Resort. | Photo Credit: @ishredd

View previous comments

A little too much powder for me! Hope it’s mostly light dusting during ski hours next week, otherwise I’m going to be eating a lot of snow

11 hours ago

1 Reply

Avatar

Glad you guys are getting some much needed snow.. Keep dumping

6 hours ago
Avatar

Fresh powder now

5 hours ago
Avatar

Abigail we should be there!

12 hours ago

2 Replies

Avatar

Shoulda been here.

8 hours ago
Avatar

WOW - great powder!!

12 hours ago
Avatar

For short people?

10 hours ago
Avatar

Can’t wait.

8 hours ago
Avatar

Deep, looks good. We should shoot for some place like this Bonnie Angela, be a fun time

11 hours ago
Avatar

Jealous

11 hours ago
Avatar

WOW --- Serious POW . . .

8 hours ago
Avatar

REally pretty!

11 hours ago
Avatar

What the heck!!

7 hours ago
Avatar

I love it

3 hours ago
Avatar

Cool 😂

11 hours ago
Avatar

Tyler Firth Matt Rutherford

12 hours ago

2 Replies

Avatar

Lisa Evans

12 hours ago
Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Don’t sleep in! It’s a powder day. ... See MoreSee Less

Don’t sleep in! It’s a powder day.

View previous comments

Looks pretty. I think that’s near Park City. Tony’s niece lives in Park City.

15 hours ago

2 Replies

Avatar

And I have to turn my car air conditioning on when returning from my ski trips here in West Virginia

13 hours ago
Avatar

YIPPEE!!'

20 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Skied it with my entire Family 9 years ago. Son its there now.

9 hours ago
Avatar

Christian you’ve always been awesome skier! And I’ve been to steamboat at least 3 times with you!

10 hours ago
Avatar

Tony I’m Getting Itchy May have to fly out there for a long weekend 😛. Why do u have to keep teasing me

20 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Wish we were there! 80 degrees in Houston today. Needles to say, no snow or mountains.

10 hours ago
Avatar

It was def deeper than 8

8 hours ago   ·  1
Avatar

Hey Kimberly Trevino and Gary Silk... The Snowbird forecast was for 3 To 7 In today. Yippee!

18 hours ago
Avatar

See ya soon Boss

14 hours ago
Avatar

My happy place

18 hours ago
Avatar

I’m ready!

16 hours ago
Avatar

On our wayyyyy

1 hour ago
Avatar

Keri A. Cataldo Olivia Hebert Danny Rogers

16 hours ago   ·  1

2 Replies

Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Twitter Feed @Deer_Valley