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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

“No, My Kids Aren’t Skiing, Thank You Very Much”

Posted By on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Theo on the slopes — sans gloves, of course.

“Are your kids skiing?” It’s a question I’ve heard a lot. And for a long time, I felt almost shameful answering no.

When my husband, Jeff, and I moved to Vermont almost nine years ago, we dove into winter sports with a vengeance. We spent most of our winter weekends snowboarding or snowshoeing. If it’s going to be cold and snowy, we thought, we might as well embrace it.

But becoming pregnant and having babies put a wrench in things. Jeff chaperoned a handful of middle-school field trips to Jay Peak, but spent more time changing diapers than shredding the gnar. I stopped snowboarding altogether.

This winter, we decided, things would be different. Mira is 5 and a half; Theo just turned 3. 2013 would be the year the kids learned to ski! We rented Mira skis for the season at Burlington’s Skirack. We bought her a helmet. And goggles. And long underwear. And ski socks. Loading her new gear into the trunk of our car, I felt like a hardcore Vermonter.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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