My children couldn’t wait to get to the snow to go skiing! We had them dressed and ready to jump out of the car yesterday- assuming it would take one hour to get to the ski area..one HUGE problem was that every family in Southern California had the exact same idea. It took us 2.5 hours hours to go what normally takes one. Very trying start to our 24 hour vacation!!! Anyway, once we got there we were THRILLED to see FIVE cars in the parking lot. Every other “want to see the snow” family just pulls over to the side of the road (parking lot or NOT- they don’t care) to play in the dirty snow.
Cross Country Skiing is NOT popular, for some crazy reason. There is a major mountain for downhill skiing right across the street but it was empty too! Everybody else wanted to spend another 1.5 hours in the car to ski on the bigger, higher up mountains! We aren’t- in fact the fewer people there are – the better! We enjoy cross country for the simple facts that it is CHEAPER ($60 for the whole family to ski with rentals), it is an excellent workout, and, even better, we can just throw ski’s on our kids’ and they can just GO. No need to get a lesson on how to downhill. Two hours of cross country skiing can burn upwards of 1400 calories! And there aren’t calculations for picking your kid up 500 times!
Here are some photos from our two days of cross country skiing and a link to last year’s photos!
He did this a LOT!! With a bit of drama…
The good news is that they can both ski! It took hubby and I most of the day to figure out what works best with our youngest. He can ski absolutely perfectly at 1 mile an hour! But, if he held our hand, he could keep a speed that was even with his brother. They and we all had a great time. Paul and I each took a turn on a nice long loop of at least thirty minutes of serious a** kicking– up hill skiing. And, I should add that it wasn’t all smiles, there were tears and a LOT of falling on the kids’ part but they still had a blast.