That's how family ski days are supposed to look right? Family fun for everyone! The problem is, teaching beginners [of any age] can often end in arguments and sometimes... tears. I grew up skiing and snowboarding at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho. There's my family posed picture-perfect on the mountain in 1992; earmuffs, neon-everything, sunglasses for goggles?! Man, the 90s were sweet. The views from Schweitzer are amazing, but it's pretty steep and only has one real "bunny hill".
Mt. Bachelor, on the other hand has three lifts [Carrousel, Sunrise and Sunshine Accelerator] that are geared toward beginners. Since I don't have kids, I reached out to local videographer/photographer, Pete Alport, for some tips on what to do and what not to do while teaching your kids how to ski or snowboard. Pete was a fitting choice for this because he has two kids of his own, Cooper and Ivan.
Pete's Tips For Avoiding Tantrums on the slopes
[This includes the tantrums parents find themselves wanting to throw]
1. Resist the urge to suit your kid up completely, before they even get in the car.
2. throw everything...yes, everything in one big gear bag.
3. Expect fights.
4. Should powder days be reserved for parents only?
...but gear is expensive and aren't they just going to grow out of it?
5.What should you do when you're out numbered?
6. How to deal with the dreaded mid-run tantrums.
7. We ate breakfast...and they're already complaining about being hungry.
8. When is it time to let them hit a few runs solo or with a friend?
9. Any insight on conquering fears?
10. what's a good day at the mountain with your kids feel like?
Mt. Bachelor has private and group lessons along with their "Ski or Ride in 5" program which was named the best beginner program in America in 2012. For more information on rentals and lessons for kids or beginners of any age visit Mt. Bachelor's website by clicking HERE.