How to know when it’s time to let your little skier venture out on her own.
If you’re a ski parent, passing your passion for the sport on to your children is as important as teaching them how to tie their shoes. Kids who start perfecting turns before they have full command of the English language often reach adulthood as strong skiers with a healthy love of the sport. For parents who want their children to follow the path to skiing greatness, the question of how and when to let the kiddos roam free on the hill looms. Parents looking for a quick and consistent answer are out of luck.
What do all the best skiers have in common? A ready stance, a laserlike focus on the moment at hand, and the downslope vision to cope with any surprises.
Watch any good skier, and one of the first things you’ll notice is his composure. No matter the situation, he seems to flow down the mountain without effort or a care in the world. It takes a lot to rattle him, and when the mountain does present him with a sudden challenge, instinct takes over, keeping him well in control of his destiny.
Who better than Norm Abram to help us craft a ski rack?
"I used to ski way back, but now I have carpenter's knees," says Norm Abram, master carpenter, native New Englander and a star of television's This Old House for more than 25 years. Abram may have retired from the slopes, but he remembers how awkward it can be to store skis—they're long, they're sharp and their bulky bindings protrude in the wrong places. "We used to lay our skis up across the joists in the ceiling of the garage," he recalls, a good solution only if your garage ceiling happens to have exposed joists.