Winter Sports and The Family
You know it’s that time again – ski season is in full swing in the Northeast. I know, I hear it everywhere and I am sure you do too….. “we’ve got to get the kids on skis,” We finally did last week.
But a word of warning: Rent skis and test out the terrain before you make a commitment to purchase a whole ensemble for young kids and the family because I am sure you have heard…….it can get really expensive. You know how fickle little 6 year olds can be! So drumroll please…..here are a few tips for surviving the winter ski season with young kids.
Rent equipment and head to a local ski hill. Check out your own backyard before you head to a monstrous mountain as young kids who are first starting out won’t be hitting the trails but sticking to the bunny slope! One such resource (http://skiing.alpinezone.com/resorts.htm), can help you navigate.
Pack a healthy snack or lunch so kids have their bellies full before they head out on the slopes. You mean you haven’t tried Lands End lunch bags (http://www.landsend.com/ix/girls-clothing/Girls/Backpacks-Bags-Lunch-Boxes/index.html?seq=1~2~3&catNumbers=400~491&visible=1~2~1&store=le&sort=Recommended&tab=4) they are really cute and functional!
There is a bag for everything. We all know kids should carry their own equipment but let’s face it after a few hours of skiing a three year old can get pretty cranky. My husband developed a system. Gloves, goggles and headsocks stuffed into helmets in one bag. Ski’s boots in another (when they are so young the skis are so tiny they can have their own bag. I was checking out go ski (http://www.goski.com/gear/Bags_Luggage/Ski_Boot_Bags.html) the other day and they do have quite a selection!