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Family Guide

Skiing with your kids isn’t always easy. But it’s always worth the effort. Teaching your kids how to ski is the easy part. Teaching them how to love the sport is tougher. Bribery is key. Taking your children on a ski vacation is their sugarplum for dealing with a winter of Saturday 6 a.m. shoulder-shakes to get them out of bed and to their ski lessons on time. Taking a ski vacation is a plum for parents, as well. Planning the trip? Not so much. We’re here to help. Most SKI staffers are raising kids, from toddlers to teens, and we spend a lot of time on snow with our families. We’re learning a lot from each other’s triumphs and mistakes. Maybe you can, too.

To that end, we’ve put together a package on how to pull off a successful family ski trip. As with most aspects of parenting, it’s all about sharing insights—and minimizing the bruises along the way. Elsewhere, one of skiing’s little secrets is that you don’t need to buy top-of-the-line skis to get great performance. We don’t send out that message enough, so we decided to test this season’s best value skis. We’re happy with the results. You might have noticed that America has some new winter heroes. They’re hip, fearless, charismatic—and can be seen on cereal boxes like never before. They’re also really fast. Kelley McMillan and Peter Oliver provide an inside look at Bode, Lindsey, Julia and Ted. Who knows? One of your kids could be skiing’s next superstar. Meanwhile, enjoy skiing with them this season. And do try to keep up. --Greg Ditrinco, Editor
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