Meet Josée. She’s a mama of three, taking on Baldy with her husband Jeremie for the first time, and will be popping her head in each month to blog about it.
It’s been seven weeks since our family of five decided to take on Baldy. From our first shaky runs to ripping down the slopes, I can hardly believe how much we’ve progressed in such a short time.
Downhill skiing is the first sport we’ve jumped into with no prior experience. The only advice I gave my kids on our first days out were “don’t run into each other!” and “stay on the track!”. That’s it.
At the Magic Carpet, I’d carefully watch other parents and followed suit. Ok, kids! Let’s make a pizza, turn, watch where you’re going… oops, let’s clip that ski back on. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was giving it my best.
So how did we go from a hesitant snow-plowing family to confident and ready-to-take-on-the-world-cup skiers? (OK, that’s a bit of a stretch.)
I credit our ongoing success to two factors: lessons and lots of practice.
I registered my two older kids in Ski for Fun, a fun ski program for novice and intermediate skiers. The ski instructors are awesome, and after two lessons my kids have already learned some serious skills. Word on the hill is that Baldy kiddies are loving this program.
Tip: There’s are still spaces available in Ski for Fun and Snowboard for Fun (for little shredders).
We also discovered the Mount Baldy Alpine Club, a ski and snowboard club that offers a program for racing and freestyle on Sundays. Of course, my kids wanted to join that too, so off they went soaking up even more skier wisdom.
Jealous of my kids’ newfound skills, I thought of secretly following them during their lessons. Then I realized that might be weird so I checked the Baldy website and discovered a bunch of lesson options for adults.
I took a semi-private lesson with my sister. We had some good laughs and learned some skills. However, it was my private lesson where I made the most progress. My instructor (who was fabulous) was able to tailor the experience exactly to my needs. I learned to carve and rip down the slope. I was flying, and boy did my legs burn!
If your family is new to skiing (or snowboarding), I highly recommend diving into the lessons. Having an experienced instructor teach you and your kids is a sure way towards success and happiness on the hill.
My little rippers are getting to be quite the speedsters. I usually stay behind them, keeping an eye out, but every once in a while I’ll carve past so they can see that mom’s learned some new skillz too!
Hello, my name is Josée. I’m an outdoor enthusiast, photographer and mother to three young, energetic children. We hail from the northern interior of British Columbia, but these days call the sunny South Okanagan home. You can find us hiking, biking, paddling, skiing and exploring our way in and around the beautiful Okanagan Valley. I share our family adventures on my blog Backwoods Mama.