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Tips for Family Ski Days

Believe it or not we are already gearing up for ski season. Between the ski shop, ski swaps, and raising my own skiers, here are a few tips for new ski families.

  • If your kids are new to snow, remember Pavlov, and reward having fun in the snow with French fries and hot cocoa afterwards. I also used to include my kids in my happy dances when I came home from a day of skiing to help further them into the ski culture.

  • Economize your dollars for two kids, rent for the younger and buy for the older to pass down to the younger. Learn more about our buyback program for new kids’ skis and boots bought from Backcountry Essentials.

  • For beginner skiers, check out the lucky bums ski trainer. This “harness” and leash system allows you to do three things: slow down that power-eleven-loving, no-turn-having speedball; teach them what a turn feels like, experientially, by pulling on one leash or another; and last, the handle loop on the harness gives me peace of mind on the chair lifts.

  • Get your best early season deal on rentals before Sept 30th (eg, kids’ rentals, $145 before; $159 after). We trade sizes of boots and skis as long as we have sizing available during the season.

  • As you know, kids get excited, and learn to be excited, about what you are excited about. Remember, the big picture is skiing is the most un-important fun thing you’ll ever do! And you are passing that on. To your children.