We went skiing yesterday at the perfect little family-oriented resort in Silverton. Perfect place. Oh so much better than Telluride! There were tons of families there with little, little kids - including even babies. We even saw our neighbors up there. It was great.Looking good and still happy - this was before his first run.
There is one ski-lift and about 4 or so runs to come down - short runs, mind you. But perfect for novice skiers.
We had a bit of a rough start with Miles. Okay, a bit is an understatement. By the time Miles came down the mountain on his first run with Ben he (Miles) was done. As Ben took off to take Jonas up the mountain, I tried to help/talk to Miles. Then I was done - with him. I couldn't talk to him because he was being such a. . . brat.
Ben took Jonas down a couple of times and he did okay. Then we breaked for lunch. A total of 3 runs before lunch (The resort doesn't open until 11).
After lunch Ben took Emmy down; she absolutely loved it! Of course Ben just stuck her between his legs and held on to her and then skied down - going on jumps and all sorts of fun stuff. The last little bit Emmy got to do on her "own." She really had a great time.
Luckily our neighbors were there. They saved the day! First of all they gave us some gear to help the kids out - some little straps to go on the tips to keep the skis together. As well as a harness. The harness was absolutely key for Miles. As well as Greg (the dad) - he was key, too. Greg helped out our kids tremendously. By the time he had gotten down the mountain with Jonas, Jonas was totally skiing on his own (Jonas used the harness thing once with Ben). It was awesome! Jonas would do the jump and all sorts of fun and scary things for his mom to watch. The first time Jonas attempted the jump he went up it. . . then back down the slope. He didn't have quite the momentum to get all the way up and over. It was hilarious. (The jump was a long, big one.)
Miles went up with Greg many times. Miles used the harness each and every time. He wanted to. I'm not sure how he would have done without it. Probably okay. And probably very slow and cautious. Because Miles is Miles and is always so true to himself. Ben told me that every time they got on the chairlift Miles had to 1. Pull down the bar as soon as possible and 2. Find out the number of the lift they were on.
So after lunch we made probably a little more than a dozen runs - not each kid, but Ben and a kid. Greg took up the boys many times, too. Greg was also great in relaying to Ben that it was actually another neighbor/friend that was successful in teaching his kid to ski. So someday it will be Ben's turn to help another child learn to ski. :)
And what was I doing for the 4 hours the kids were skiing? Well, only 1 (or 2 when Greg helped out) kid could go up at a time with Ben. So I was pushing the other kids around, pulling them up little hills to push them down on their skis, or even carrying them up a small hill to practice/play. Basically just trying to keep them entertained while waiting for their turn.
So a rough start but a great finish.
(side-note on pictures: it was so bright out there I couldn't see in my viewfinder what I was taking. At all. So I didn't get many great action shots on the slopes or jumps. Only after did Ben remind me I could have looked through the eye-hole thing. You know that thing you used in the olden days? Duh.)
There is Jonas and Greg. Not the best of pictures, but it does show Jonas on his own, shows helpful Greg, and shows the jump behind them.
I don't know why, but Ben really wanted me to put this picture in too. He said Emmy would just talk the entire time when they were skiing down the mountain. She'd look up at him and just chat. Oh we love her.