Wide West

When it comes to skiing as a family, managing expectations is key. We don’t, for instance, expect to ski first-to-last chairs. Big Guy can handle it, but little guy is good for about three runs, max. 

We also don’t expect to do what most people would consider skiing. Family ski days cater to the little one. Big Guy offers tips, a pole-tow, or just encouraging words. Dad and Mom offer pointers, encouragement, lifts up from falls, and also try to keep the little guy safe from other beginners.

 A note to other families: It’s great that you want to videotape your kids. We do it, too. But it’s a good idea to either recruit someone to man the camera while you manage the skiing kid, or enlist another adult from your party to do so. 

Little Guy got knocked down by a child, perhaps 5 years old, who was skiing down the “Candyland” section of Wide West, completely focused on his ski tips, and rather out-of-control, so he did not see that there was another child on the course.

Even that is a teaching moment, showing both kids that skiing is as much about coping with the unexpected as it is about sport performance. More on that in another post.

But I definitely encourage families with young beginners to do some laps on Candyland—the course is set up to coax beginners into making turns, and it’s on a mellow-enough grade that they have to work hard to go super-fast. Most importantly, it gives the kids (and their parents) a taste of success, so they have something to build on with each additional run.

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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

23 hours ago

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I was at Snowbird in 1973 the powder was so deep we had to wear something to filter the snow from going in your nose and mouth !

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Rachel Anderson Cristina Andrews King Josh King Tina will dominate the powder!

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I wish I was skiing today at Deer Valley ⛷

7 hours ago
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What the heck!!

19 hours ago   ·  1
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Tyler, when are you going to Deer Valley, in March after Paris?

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

17 hours ago
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Fresh powder now

17 hours ago
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WOW - great powder!!

23 hours ago
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This place is amazing ...I will be back

1 hour ago
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Amazing snow

2 hours ago
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Hermoso sensillamente hermoso Saludos a todos bendiciones

7 hours ago
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Abigail we should be there!

24 hours ago

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I love it

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

23 hours ago
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Oh this looks like fun!

3 hours ago
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That's totally awesome

7 hours ago
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Can’t wait.

20 hours ago
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WOW --- Serious POW . . .

20 hours ago
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Shoulda been here.

20 hours ago
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For short people?

21 hours ago
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Beautiful

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Heaven

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Kresta is that you😜

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Cool 😂

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