Everybody remembers their first trip to the ski hill as a kid. The steep terror of the "beginner" slope, the pain of squeezing tiny feet into tinier plastic boots, Mom and Dad abandoning you with an overeager Aussie instructor who insisted on calling you Peanut... No? Maybe that was just us. Maybe you remember the thrill of being young and in the outdoors, and the freedom that skis suddenly offered, and the hot chocolate that always ended every day. Skiing as a kid can be one of the best experiences of youth, but it can also be one of the worst.