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 twelve weeks since Baldy opened for the season and our family started downhill skiing for the first time. We survived the awkward beginner ski stage, and with lessons and lots of practice, we’ve progressed to intermediate skiers. Whoop!
Our youngest (he’s four) is figuring things out at his own pace and has become a confident pizza making machine!
With our first days of skiing far behind us, we’re in deep. Deep snow that is!
Since December we’ve racked up 19 days of skiing. People are often asking us “do you like it there?” in which we emphatically respond “it’s awesome!”.
Honestly, we feel spoiled. It’s a gem of a hill for families. It’s affordable ➡ $5 lift passes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in February… say what!?. There are no crazy line-ups at the lifts. The runs are well groomed. The vibe is fun and welcoming, and there’s always a ton of events going on.
And when that fresh snow falls… swoon 💛.
Learning to ski through deep powder was hilarious, thrilling and amazing all at once.
At one point my son caught his ski tips under the powder and ended up in a downward dog position with his head stuck in the snow. I was in stitches. There’s something about fresh powder that makes even the most serious person whoop with joy. It’s like floating on clouds.
My older kids have been thrilled by all the powder. They ski along the sides of the runs in an effort to find it and beg us to take them through the glades. They’re constantly pushing their limits, which has resulted in some spectacular yard-sales – skis, poles, gloves go flying during epic bails.
I can’t help but cringe when my kids crash, but kids learn through trial and error and are surprisingly resilient. They must be made of rubber because they usually pop back up, clip on their skis, and off they go. All I can say is that I’m grateful for soft powder, helmets and properly calibrated ski bindings.
Tip: If you bought second-hand skis for your kids (or yourself) make sure the bindings are calibrated to their weight and skill.
Another Tip: Kids (and adults) have their worst falls when they are tired. It’s a good idea to call it and take a hot chocolate break before the tears come.
I hear there’s more snow in the forecast. Time to pack up the skis for another weekend of fun. See you at Baldy!!
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.