I’m looking forward to being a regular contributor this winter for Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas blog. My first post of the season is about following Phoebe’s adventures in ski school at Bolton Valley. I hope you’ll follow my adventure with Phoebe!
My daughter Phoebe is a bit of a reluctant skier. At four years old, she enjoys parts of skiing, but she doesn’t exactly love the effort that comes with it—carrying her equipment up the hill, learning how to make French fries and pizza pies with her skis, and pulling herself up when she falls down again and again.
But like most preschoolers, Phoebe is curious, silly, and loves nothing more than to play. Fortunately, Bolton Valley’s ski school is all about playtime and fun for kids.
I first learned to ski at age 3, and I remember it wasn’t easy in the beginning. Forty-two years later, I still have days on the hill when I’m filled with doubt and fear. With that in mind, I know I don’t want to force Phoebe to like skiing, so I try to focus on the fun stuff. I also listen to what she has to say about skiing—the good and the bad.