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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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

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The following Sunday, Mira and Jeff went to Bolton Valley. Jeff rented skis and they took a private lesson for two. They came home jazzed up. Mira had successfully navigated the rope tow and gone down the bunny hill. Jeff had captured the success on his iPhone. Pictures were sent to grandparents and posted on Facebook. Many people “liked” them.

“We’re going to do this every weekend!” Jeff triumphantly announced.

Our next free weekend, we opted to go to Smuggler’s Notch because it was raining at Bolton. Upon arrival, our spirits were buoyed by fat flakes of falling snow and copious amounts already on the ground.

And then we entered the rental building.

Nothing tests a family’s resolve quite like renting skis. It probably only took an hour, but it felt like an eternity. After dropping more than 100 bucks and getting fitted for bindings, the kids ran around the waiting area, feeding coins into the vending machines like semi-trained monkeys while we clenched our jaws.

When we finally got our equipment, I grabbed the duffel and kids, and Jeff loaded up with four pairs of skis. We pack-muled it over to the sweaty, crowded lesson building, only to be told there were no private lessons until 3 p.m. It was barely 11.

Our only option was to go rogue and take the kids to the bunny slope on our own. We lasted about 45 minutes. There were some blissful moments, to be sure — like when both kids successfully made it down the bunny hill with us crouched behind them, all pink cheeks and smiles.

But Mira also fell backwards on the “magic carpet” leading up the slope and screamed in terror, skis splayed up to the heavens, until a staff person intervened and propped her back up. Theo tried to steal Jeff’s and my poles, and it didn’t take long for him to abandon his mittens, helmet and goggles in a frosty heap.

Back at the rental building, as we took off our ski boots, I finally said out loud what I’d been thinking for the past several hours: “That kind of sucked.”

It took Jeff a couple of minutes to admit it. “You’re right,” he said. “It did suck.”

Spending winter weekends on the slopes might be the right choice for some families, but it isn’t for us — at least, not yet. The next time someone asks if my kids are skiing, I’ll answer no. And in my head, I’ll be adding, “Thank goodness for that.”


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This post was written by Kids VT contributor Alison Novak, who lives in Shelburne with her husband and two kids.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Alison Novak

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

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