We took a short ski trip last month. I think it was my all time favorite family vacation. We taught all three kids how to ski. Sharing our love of skiing with our children has has been long anticipated for J and I. It was every bit as fun and rewarding as I had hoped. The slope is 4 hours from our house. I feel so blessed that it is so close.
We had planned to stay in a low budget hotel that we booked online. When we arrived, it was completely vacant, closed down, the doors locked. Oh, the sinking feeling in our stomach’s! There was a very nice sister hotel, owned by the same company just down the road. We took our reservation printout to the nice hotel. The kids and I waited in the car, doubtful as Baba took our reservation into the nice hotel to see if they would provide an explanation. He came back out with a smile on his face and great news! There had been so few reservations due to lack of snow, that they closed the low budget hotel and consolidated everyone to the fancy one. That meant we were blessed with all-inclusive meals, a pool and a hamam (family favorite) at the the fancy hotel for the price of the one that had been advertised as “good for college students.” I was overjoyed and so thankful.
We sledded on the first day and rented our skis so we’d be ready to go the next morning.
The next morning, we started on the bunny slope, using a conveyer belt type of lift that you stand on. We were the only ones on the lift. The operator at the top of the hill would walk down the conveyer and stand in front of us and do magic tricks while we rode up. Of course, the kids loved this and will sometimes still duplicate the ‘disappearing cigarette’ with a pen or pencil.
I couldn’t believe we were a family of 5, finally all old enough to ski. Amazingly, our family was able to pay for lift tickets for ALL of us for 3 days for the same price as ONE person for ONE day in Colorado! Granted, this wasn’t Colorado skiing but it was great for our beginners!
N and J learned quickly and had a blast doing so. Not a single tear was shed over frustration or falls.
SK skied between J and my legs. For three days, we took turns holding her up as she skied. She would sing ABC’s or Jesus Loves Me at the top of her lungs as she flew down the mountain with our support. Baba and I had some tired legs at the end but it was worth it to get to do this together.
Each time, when we arrived at the bottom of the mountain, there was a greeting committee of ski patrol to meet SK. Everyone loved watching that tiny girl ski!
We were all exhausted but kept going as long as we could. This was SK’s lift riding position!
There were some interesting styles of ski clothing. I especially liked this one. Head scarf, red wool coat and skinny jeans. Trendy?
Family pic at the top of the lift.
The best part of skiing was the confidence builder that it was for my kids. I realized that so much of our daily life is correction. Please don’t put your elbows on the table. You were supposed to have a comma right there. Don’t run in the house. But, for three days, we found our selves yelling, “You’re awesome!”, “Great job!”, “You can do it!” Sure, we may say “you’re awesome” after grading a difficult math problem. But, it is a whole different feeling to hear it as you fly down the mountain with wind in your hair and cold on your face! And, that is something we all needed!
We bought the older kids ski helmets on day 2 after we realized they were going to be little dare devils and didn’t plan on slowing down. They used their own Christmas money and were so proud of their helmets. They fell asleep in them on the way home!
This is a trip we won’t soon forget!