Category Archives: Outdooring Kids

Camping Games

There’s no shortage of fun when you’re camping and the fun is off the hook when you’re camping near water, but here’s an additional  camping game that’s sure to please.

 

The trick is to use items on your trip for the games, this way you’re not having to pack a bunch of space consuming toys.

Ammo Can

Ammo cans are great for river trip storage.
Ammo cans are great for river trips

One of my favorite river trip games is called, “ammo can.” It’s a game of skill and balance.

The setup is simple: pull two ammo-cans from the raft and empty the contents. Fill half the cans with wet river sand. (You want wet sand for the added weight).

Now place the cans about 15-20 feet apart in a flat sandy spot. Push the cans into the sand an inch or 2 (any more than that is cheating.) Be sure the cans are surrounded by sand not rocks or other obstacles that will hurt your feet.

Get a long length of soft nylon  chord that’s at least twice as long as the ammo cans are apart. For example: if your cans are 15 feet apart, your line should be 30 feet long.

In bare feet stand on the ammo can with the end of the line in your hand. Your opponent will be in the same position. The rest of the line slack will be in a pile between the competitors.

When someone says, “go” pull the slack as quickly as you can. The more line you get the more you have to work with. Now it’s a game of trying to pull the other person off the ammo can.

You’ll quickly learn that brute force doesn’t work. If you give a mighty yank, all the other person has to do is release some line and you’re pulling against nothing, you’ll lose your balance and fall off the can backwards. It’s a game of skill and balance…super fun.

The other way to win is by pulling the line out of your opponents hands. So if you’ve pulled most of the line and the person is hanging onto the end, one well timed yank may be all you need to win, but be careful, they’ll be expecting that.

A word of caution: use gloves to save your hands from nasty rope burns. The line should be soft, but if it’s zipping through your hand and you’re in the heat of the moment you may not notice the pain until after the game. Use gloves, or risk rope burns.

Here’s a short video of the game. Notice how they have the cans broadside? I much prefer having them turned long ways so my feet are positioned in  a more athletic, natural position. Also, being in bare feet helps with the balance.

Game Tip: Bend your knees and stay low for better balance.

 

Kids Skiing Powder

We’ve been skiing with our kids for quite  a while now, and they can ski almost everything we can. We started them young, getting them to the mountain when they were 4 years old, and now they are great little skiers.

The hard work of teaching them to ski has been evident this year, because their skill levels have shot up. This was made crystal clear when we took the kids powder skiing.

Our local mountain got a fresh dump of 10 inches of light powder. It was hovering around 17 degrees keeping the conditions perfect. It was snowing at least an inch an hour the entire time, adding to the perfection.

We skied hard, not having to worry about lift lines because everyone was waiting out the storm (silly fair weather skiers).

You’ve heard the quote, “there are no friends on powder days”? If you can’t keep up you can’t ski with us…we aren’t waiting. I’m not saying I’d ditch my kids…but I didn’t have to, they were right there with us.

We skied the trees, the bowls, everything and we never had to wait for them. Sure the powder was light and perfect, but even then, skiing powder can be tough for kids. They’re used to groomers, but not our little powder skiers, they ripped it up.

All the hard work of the previous years was paying off. They weren’t only keeping up, they were begging for more; wanting to hit the trees and find all the fresh lines. One of my boys was even launching off some pretty serious jumps. We couldn’t stop laughing all day long.

I don’t have any tips for teaching kids to ski powder other than just doing it. There aren’t any magic techniques, there’s just practice.

The only thing we were careful of, was making sure one of us was always behind them, especially when we were skiing the trees. In deep snow, it can be dangerous if a kid falls. It’s damned difficult to get yourself up, and sometimes they need an adults help.

It’s important to keep sight of the kids and make sure you designate a meeting spot after the tree section. My biggest fear is losing them in a tree well. I’ve been trapped in one before and it can be a nightmare trying to extract yourself without some outside help.

We didn’t have any incidents though, and the powder day with the kids was more magical than any other powder day I’ve ever had.

Here’s a YouTube video of my wife tearing it up on that magical day

Powder skiing on Mt Ashland

 

Mountain Biking with Kids in Winter: 5 Tips

Ready for a Winter ride

This Winter on the west coast has been one of the driest on record. Normally the only thing on our mind this time of year is skiing. Skiing, skiing, skiing, the more the better.

This year though, has never happened, so instead of skiing, we’ve had to change our activities a bit. Were lucky to live in a place that offers a lot of other Winter activities. The one we’ve done most is mountain biking.

Like I said the snow hasn’t fallen, which also means it hasn’t rained much. All this adds up to dry Winter mountain bike trails.

Normally this is an adults only activity, but this past summer we invested in some decent mountain bikes for our kids. Nothing fancy, just decent, used bikes. The kids are big enough to use 26 inch wheels which makes a big difference when riding mountain bike trails. They can actually keep up with us.

We’ve been mountain biking quite a bit with them and they really love it. To make it more enjoyable for them we’ve learned a few things:

1. Get them on 26 inch wheels. These bikes are bigger but they have a lot of advantages over smaller kid bikes. First of all the bigger the wheel the faster they’ll travel along the trail. Second, you can upgrade them so kids won’t grow out of them so quickly.

2. Shocks are nice. these bigger bikes also come with front suspension. This isn’t essential for kids, but it does make for a smoother more enjoyable ride. If you have the kind that are adjustable, make them as spongy soft as you can to accommodate for the kids’ light weight.

3. Keep the pedals simple. don’t throw your kids into clipless pedals. Give them the downhiller pedals. These pedals have good grippiness but all they have to do to release is lift their foot. there’s no twisting or having to think about getting out of the pedals. Hell, I still have trouble getting out of clipless pedals.

4. Winter mountain biking requires stops and fuel. To keep the kids’ comfortable be sure to stop often and eat small snacks throughout the day. You don’t want them bonking or getting too tired. You want them to come back don’t you?

5. Choose an easy to moderate trail. don’t take them to some hardcore trail you love, take them to something you know they can handle. Remember, you may love slogging up steep hills, but I sincerely doubt your kids will.

There are probably a lot more tips and tricks for making mountain biking fun for kids. If you have any be sure to post them in the comments section.

 

When should Kids get Ski Poles?

 

kids on chair lift
on the lift with ski poles secure

Our kids started skiing when they were 4 and 5 years old. Now they are 9 and 10 and can ski anywhere on the mountain.

When people see how well our kids ski they start asking questions and one of the most common is, “when should we give our kids ski poles?” Ski poles are an important piece of ski equipment, but not something they should start out with.

 

The simple answer is, give them poles when they’re ready for ski poles. It sounds flippant but what I mean is give them ski poles when they master these skiing moves:

1. They can stop and turn when they want. This sounds obvious but until they master these basic moves they don’t need to be thinking about ski poles.

2. They’re tall enough to have poles that fit. Kids’ ski poles can be cut down to    whatever size is needed but if you’ve got a real shrimp, the poles won’t do much good anyway.

3. They’re responsible enough to take care of them. I don’t mean taking care of them in the sense of keeping a pet safe, I mean able to take care of them while they’re in the ski line and on the lift.

They need to know not to swing them around using them as a sword or a bludgeon on other skiers. They also need to be able to get the straps off they’re wrists before getting on the ski lift. This takes practice but be sure they understand how it’s done before getting on the lift.

4. Give them ski poles when they ask for them. If they’ve met all the above points wait for them to ask for ski poles.

It’s pretty obvious how useful they are in ski lines. The kids see how easy skiers move in line when they use their poles to push them along. They notice how difficult it is for them to move, having to rely on their parents to pull them along.

Pretty soon they’ll get sick of not being able to move well, and they’ll ask for the poles.

Skiing with Poles

Once they have poles and they understand how the straps work, you’ll have to teach them what the heck they’re for. Skiing with poles goes beyond the basics of teaching skiing. Don’t get too involved with this step. Tell them to use them to help them turn. Have them try to plant the pole whenever they turn.

Most kids won’t do this initially. they’ll turn the same way they always have, not using their poles at all. That’s okay, don’t push them too hard or they’ll want to go back to no poles.

Eventually they’ll see other skiers using their poles to help them turn and they’ll figure it out on their own.

Once kids get used to having ski poles they’ll never want to go back.

 

 

Kid’s Ski Gear Programs: The most Bang for your Buck

Heart and Cross Ski's
Creative Commons License photo credit: CraigMoulding

Our local ski shop, Rogue Ski shop, has a great way of getting families into skiing painlessly, both financially and effortlessly.

I’m not sure if this system is a common occurrence in other parts of the country, but if you’re lucky enough to be somewhere where there’s a similar program, it’s definitely worth doing.

Here’s how it works. Basically, it’s a ski exchange. When kids reach an age, or more exactly a height and weight, they are eligible to join the Rogue ski shop junior ski exchange.

It’s simple to get started and doesn’t cost much when you look at everything you get. For around 300 bucks per kid you get three years of ski gear. I’ll walk you through it.

When my oldest was 8 we enrolled him in the ski exchange program. He had been skiing since he was 4 so he was a decent skier, a perfect candidate for the exchange. The ski technicians measured and weighed him then found ski gear( boots, skis and ski poles) that fit him perfectly.

That first year he was given a pair of used skis and bindings that had been turned in by a young skier the previous year. Since there weren’t any good ski boot matches, he was given a brand new pair of boots. This gear isn’t chincy or cheap either, good stuff like Rosignol and Volkl.

Once he was outfitted the ski techs adjusted the ski bindings to the boots and adjusted the settings that were appropriate to his height, weight and ablility, they even tuned the skis. All I had to do was show up and take the gear home.

It was ours to use for the rest of the season. If anything went wrong with the gear (it never did) we were assured that it would be replaced or repaired at no charge.

The next year we got a call from the shop in early November asking us to bring in the gear to be evaluated and exchanged out for more appropriate lengths and sizes.

Since my son had grown so much over the year, we exchanged our gear and got a second set of  boots, skis and poles. Even though the gear had been used, it had only been used a couple of times, it was still in pristine shape.

The following year, same thing, only this was the final year of the three-year program. This third set of gear was a little different.

This gear we’d get to keep. We wouldn’t turn it back into the exchange program. this year all the gear is brand new. It’s all top of the line, name brand ski gear.

The techs made sure to get us dialed with gear that we’d hopefully get more than one season out of. For instance, they put my son into a more aggressive ski, knowing that as he gets better he’ll want the more aggressive style. they also tried to size the skis and boots big to give us some growing room.

My oldest is done with the program now. For that 3oo dollars, I got 3 different sets of ski gear, the third set we keep. If I had to buy new skis, boots and poles every year, it would have cost a lot more.

It was also a relief to rely on the experts to outfit my son with the perfect gear, set to the perfect settings. There was no guess-work and no fuss.

My youngest son is in the ski exchange now and  were just as pleased with the results.

Kids and Inflatable Kayaks: When to let them go Solo

Katie and her boat
Inflatable kayaks are great fun for kids

Creative Commons License photo credit: Mike Miley

We’ve been taking our kids down rivers since they were in diapers…literally. We’d plunk em next to an adult riding in front of the raft and take them through the rapids.

My wife and I are accomplished rowers so our confidence in keeping the kids’ safe is high. We also know that if they fall overboard we’ll be right there with them keeping them safe.

Now that they’re getting older they want to get out of the mother raft and start taking their own boats downstream…inflatable kayaks.

They’ll be almost completely on their own, their paddling skills and river running sense the only thing keeping them safe.

We feel good about them venturing into their own boats though because we’ve done everything we can to prepare them for solo boating.

Here’s a short list of skills every kid-paddler should have before venturing off into their own inflatable kayak:

1. Excellent swimming skills. This seems obvious, but before a kid can be alone in an inflatable kayak they should be good swimmers. This doesn’t mean good swimmers in the pool, but in the river too.

The river has currents and waves and rocks, kids should be able to swim strongly through the water and be able to stroke away from obstacles. Of course they’ll have life jackets on, but they still need to be able to maneuver around the river with their swim strokes.

2. Basic river reading skills. Reading the river is the art of understanding what’s happening with the river currents. Understanding river features like waves and holes and eddies is essential to taking the best, safest route through the whitewater.

easy river rapid
Where would you go?

Kids don’t need to be experts, (it’s a lifetime learning process) but they should be able to figure out the safest route through a rapid with a quick glance. If in doubt, they should be mature enough to ask for direction.

3. Inflatable kayak handling. Kids usually pick up on this very quickly, but knowing how to paddle an inflatable kayak is important. Understanding how to turn and how to paddle straight using basic paddling strokes usually comes pretty quick to kids.

Let them paddle around in flatwater, or through little class 1 or 2 riffles and see how they do. Don’t put them in potentially dangerous situations.

Once they’ve been paddling for an hour or so and are getting the hang of things put them through some drills. Tell them to spin the boat in circles. Have them turn 90 degrees and paddle to a designated spot. Send them into small river eddies and let them feel what happens when the inflatable kayak hits the eddy current. Experience matters.

4. Getting back into a flipped over inflatable kayak. Chances are your kids will flip the boat once in awhile. They’ll need to know what to do and how to get back into the kayak without having to swim all the way to shore. The best way to do this is practice. Whenever they’re in a flat stretch of water have them practice over and over until they’re confident.

Be sure they understand the importance of hanging onto the paddle if they flip. It’s a lot easier to put everything back together if the paddle isn’t floating off downstream.

These 4 points are essential for having a safe and fun day of river running. It sounds like a lot of steps to understand, but the information comes quickly when you spend any amount of time on rivers.

If your kids are apprehensive about solo inflatable kayaks,  jump into the boat with them to make the transition easier. Once they get the hang of it though, they’ll be kicking you out and they’ll be on their own.

It’s always a good idea to keep young inflatable kayakers close to the mother ship. If they get in over their head, you want to be close by to lend a hand.

Modesty in Sports: the Old School Way

The other day I was skiing on Mt. Ashland with my two young boys. It was Spring conditions and I was trying out my new skis. We were ripping around the mountain having a good time, when my oldest asked me why I didn’t brag about what a good skier I am.

Green Wave
What could you do with it?

Creative Commons License photo credit: Sids1

After thanking him for the compliment I pondered the question. I’m a good skier, I’ve been doing it since I was 4, I raced in high school and a bit in college, I’ve skied some of the steepest terrain in the west…I’m a damned good skier if I do say so myself.

I answered him by saying, you can tell when someone is good at something when they don’t talk about how good they are at something. Very rarely have I heard an excellent skier or surfer, or kayaker brag about being good unless they are around their equally good buddies. It’s kind of an unwritten rule…it’s an old school rule.

I explained to him that the best feeling is knowing your super good at something but only show it when you’re actually doing it.

For example play kayaking: I’ve been kayaking almost as long as I’ve been skiing. There’s nothing like listening to all the young guns talking about what great boaters they are as they put on their state of the art gear preparing to play in the local kayaking hole.

I don my gear keeping silent. They barely notice me, the older guy with the old gear. Then we get on the water and things change. Suddenly the old guy with the old gear is doing shit they’ve only heard about, and doing it consistently and smoothly.

There’s nothing better than watching their draws drop realizing they aint as good as they thought they were.

I know this sounds smug and conceited but it’s true. There’s nothing better than putting some blow hard to shame by outperforming him at his own game.

I know this isn’t a modest post, i’m basically bragging, but I wanted to teach my boys that they are also going to be great at the sports they choose and it’s important and rewarding to be modest verbally but totally dominating physically.

Kid’s Ski Gear: 7 Tips to Dress for Success

It’s been a cold Winter. We haven’t skied in temperatures above 25 degrees, but we are able to take our kids into these cold conditions and have great ski days because we have the proper ski clothing and gear. As my wife likes to say, “There’s no bad weather, just bad gear.”

well dressed skiers
Creative Commons License photo credit: cproppe

Here are some gear suggestions for keeping your kids warm while you ski.

1. Good Long Underwear. It’s not easy to find good long underwear in kids sizes. We have the best luck at local ski shops, but to save some money shop online at places like Sierra Trading Post.

Be sure to look for both shirts and pants that are moisture wicking and breathable. You don’t want real bulky stuff, we usually opt for the mid-weight long underwear.

Kids grow fast, so buy the biggest size you can, but be careful, you want the underwear to be snug. It doesn’t do much good if it fits too loosely.

2. Insulated pants with boot skirt. When you’re shopping for kids’ ski gear, pick ski pants that are lined with some sort of insulation. This won’t be hard to find as most are lined but make sure you’re not picking up just a shell.

Be sure the bottom of the pants have an inner snow skirt. This skirt fits around their ski boot once the boots are buckled. This is essential for keeping the pant from riding up and allowing snow to enter the top of the boot.

If you don’t have a snow skirt the boots will eventually get wet from melting snow and your ski day will end due to cold miserable children.

3. Gloves or Mittens. This is always a tough debate: which is better, gloves or mittens? Mittens are warmer but we use gloves because the kids like to have the use of their fingers when they ski. Mittens are just too restrictive.

In order to make the gloves warmer we always bring along hand warmers. These handy little bags get warm when you shake them. They last all  day if you shake them occasionally. We put them into the palm of the gloves and the kids never get cold hands. They’re cheap and are worth the minor expense.

4. Ski Socks. Buy ski specific socks. They’re more expensive but they’re designed to fit snugly and keep from bunching up in the ski boot. This is very important to make the kids as comfortable as possible. They come in varying thicknesses, we opt for the mid-weight, and as long as were actively skiing and not sitting around, the kid’s feet stay warm.

5. Ski Coat. Believe it or not we don’t get too fancy with the ski coat. You don’t need waterproof or any kind of expensive tech gear. If it’s raining, we aint skiing!

Purchase coats that can also be used for everyday. Really we only look for two things in a coat: warmth and length.

The coat should be insulated, warm and have an outer shell. You don’t want a cotton coat. We want the coat somewhat long, (about halfway down the butt) because the length helps keep snow out of the pants when the little skiers fall.

6. Helmet and Goggles. Yes, you need to purchase a helmet for your child. They can be expensive but you can usually find decent used ones at pre-year ski swaps. Just be sure there aren’t any cracks or fading. Kids grow fast so finding a helmet that’s only been used for a season is pretty easy.

Goggles should be ski goggles. They should fit around the helmet, and be big enough not to be squinching the kid’s eyes. Spend some time fitting the goggles to your child. There’s nothing worse than ill-fitting goggles. Be sure they don’t squish the nose, or encroach on the eye (the 2 most common complaints).

7. Skis and Boots. Go to a ski shop and have a professional fit your kids with skis and boots. You can try to find used gear, but unless you know what you’re doing it’s tough to fit the kids’ properly. If you do it wrong it’ll make for a miserable trip and season. Spend the money and get it done correctly.

Some ski shops have ski swap programs that allow you to purchase gear, (skis and boots) for a one time fee, but then you’re signed up for 3 years. In other words you pay once and get ski gear for 3 years.

At the beginning of each year you return the old stuff, and get new stuff. The third year you keep the gear forever. This helps keep it simple when your kids are growing so fast.

Getting kids Outdoors

It’s not easy getting kids outdoors these days. You’re competing against video games, TV and all sorts of handheld electronic devices, but my wife and I are still able to get them out, although it gets harder and harder.

Eventually I know they’ll come around (as I did) and realize the things outside are much more memorable, challenging, and fun than anything done inside (excluding sex, but that’s fun outside too).

For now though, we have to trick em into getting outside and playing. It’s easy to take them skiing and rafting, these are big fun expeditions that they love to do but we can’t do those things all the time, especially in Winter. So, like I said were forced to trick em into going outside on a more regular basis.

For instance, for Christmas, Santa brought my two young boys airsoft shotguns and pistols. These are the perfect toy for getting kids outside. They obviously can’t shoot them inside, but they desperately want to shoot them, so they beg me to go outside and shoot with them.

Eventually shooting targets turns to shooting at each other and pretty soon we’ve spent the entire cold winter day outside running around like little boys are supposed to.

I know in today’s PC world were not supposed to teach our kids war games, but if I didn’t play army growing up nearly every day, I probably wouldn’t have left my sweet Atari system. The ends justify the means, in this case.

When were out there running around hunting each other down, there is no boredom, the outdoors become a battlefield full of all sorts of possibilities. The fresh air rejuvenates the soul and makes them sleep the sleep of the truly tired. They want to go to bed after a day of outdoor play.

Another way we trick them is to tell them about the games we used to play when we were their ages. For instance my buddy had a muddy field that had a bit of a slope to it, when it rained that field became an absolute slippery slide.

We’d put on our worst clothes, grab a football and slide around trying to tackle one another. Eventually the game progressed into a mud fight or just a distance mud sliding contest or both.mud fight

At the end of it, we’d wash each other off with the freezing water from the garden hose. OOH a shower never felt so good after a winter mud session. Creative Commons License photo credit: melodramababs

It just so happens that we have a muddy field in our back yard and after telling them this story, wouldn’t you know it, my boys were putting on grubby old sweat pants and hand-me-down shirts and were heading outside to play in the mud.

My hope is, once the kids get enough outdoor exposure and realize how much fun they’re having outside, they won’t want to be inside much. Of course this may be a pipe dream because they see me inside playing my X-box 360 sometimes which reminds them of their systems. (bad daddy!)

But when they’re older and looking back on their childhood will they remember what level they reached in Halo 3, or that day they played in the mud until dark? It’s a no brainer.

Teaching Kids to Ski: 7 Tips

Teaching kids to ski can seem like an impossible task. There’s so much to think about, gear, transportation to and from the mountain, not to mention actually showing them how to ski without killing themselves or you.

My kids are 8 and 10 and have been skiing since they were 4 and 6. They’re pretty darned good skiers now. They still have lots to learn but we feel we’ve done a good job teaching them the basics. They can ski most of the mountain and we don’t have to wait or worry about them.

We were successful because we followed these simple tips:

1. Keep it fun. We never made skiing a chore. We made it fun first and foremost. This meant we didn’t rush to get onto the slopes. All the kids really want to do when they get into a snow zone is play in the snow. We’d let them run around and play for about an hour before we went skiing. Letting them play helps in a lot of ways; it gets their yah-yahs out, and gives the whole day a feeling of fun.

2. Teaching Skiing. The fun continues on the ski slopes. When we first started out we’d take off our skis, and cart them up and down the bunny hill. One of us would be up and one down. The up person would release the mini-skier and they’d ski into the arms of the down person.

Whenever they’d fall we never made a big deal about it. We never coddled them, asking if they were okay…instead we’d laugh and describe how cool the crash looked.

Of course this was when they were little. If they’re a little bigger taking them up the bunny hill chair lift shouldn’t be too hard. Just be sure they know how to move around with their skis on and know what it feels like to slide before getting on the chair.

3. Teach by Example. Whenever possible show the kids what you want them to do. Show them how to stop, show them how to turn, exaggerate things so they can see what you mean. For example, really bend your knees and show them the different pressures you’re putting on your legs that allow you to turn.

Don’t try to explain everything, there’s no need for them to understand the physics involved, just demonstrate and let them figure it out.

4. Keep it Short. The ski teaching sessions shouldn’t be long. When kids are just starting out, don’t go beyond 30 minutes. Take lots of breaks. This is a great time to romp in the snow or head into the lodge and introduce them to the wonders of hot chocolate.

Even the act of taking off and putting on their own skis is a learning process; the more they do it the better they get. Think of these breaks as learning experiences.

Of course the older the kids your teaching to ski, the less breaks they’ll need. Keep your eyes open though, if they look like they’re getting frustrated or bored do something else.

5. Show them you’re Mortal. Once you graduate to the bigger slopes and you’re actually skiing on more than just the bunny hill, show them that it’s okay to fall. Ski in front of them and “accidentally” crash. It does wonders for a kid to see that even their parents who’ve been skiing for years still crash. It makes them feel good about their own crashes and usually gets them to crack up laughing.

6. Don’t constantly Instruct. Even if you see your kid making obvious mistakes, don’t be too quick to correct them. Just ignore it and remember to hit on it some other time, like maybe when you’re riding the lift.

7. Teach without Teaching. Say you notice your kids’ arms are getting behind them and they’re leaning back, play a game with them that makes them reach forward. I’m constantly pretending I’m flying a world war I fighter and I’m holding onto the front machine gun.

I’ll be behind them and “shoot” at them, then pass and allow them to get on my “tail”. They love this game and immediately extend their arms forward and start skiing better. 

This is also a great way to get them to try to follow your turns. It’s amazing watching them suddenly turning like pros trying to stay in my path. When they stop trying to turn they can do it without thinking. With this exercise, I’ve gotten their arms forward gotten them turning and never once “instructed.”

Another great lesson is to have them try to spray you with snow with a quick stop. Do it to them first then tell them to get you back. Ski below them, stop and have them come at you and try to spray. Be careful, they may misjudge and actually careen into you…be ready to move.

Stay Positive and be Patient

The first year or two can be frustrating, but stick with it because the payoff is huge. There’s no doubt that struggling with the kids is hard to do especially when the skiing is really good. Stick with it though; it’s only temporary.

All the struggles were worth it; now we rip around the mountain as a family. Watching them ski and have fun is an awesome experience.