Don’t put your skis away just yet, there’s still plenty of skiing.
Although recent storms around the country have improved skiing conditions considerably, this season as a whole has been one of the toughest in decades. Thanks for nothing, La Nina.
We certainly won’t blame you for pulling out the bicycles, the golf clubs and the kayaks—heck, that’s what we did this weekend as temperatures in Boulder reached the upper 70s—but don’t write this year off as a wash just yet. There’s no correlation between winter weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere and those below the Equator, which means this might be the year to pack your bags and head south.
Camp Keystone aims to introduce the youngest skiers to the sport sans tears and tantrums.
Parents often worry about the ski school drop-off. Will there be pouting, crying, clinging? Puhleeeze. Send them to Camp Keystone. They won’t be able to get away from you fast enough.
Maybe it’s the mini snowmobile in the registration area, or the grooming machine a few feet away that acts as a defacto playground, with a half-dozen snowbooted groms scampering around the cockpit. Maybe the instructors stash Skittles and Gummi Bears in their pockets and apply liberally. Either way, drop-off worries will be a thing of the past.
You’re a skier first, parent second, right? Even so, leave it to the pros when it comes to indoctrinating junior with your love for the sport. Here are seven tips on when and how to book ski lessons for the kids.
1. Born at the right time
Your kid must have mastered two major skills before strapping on skis: walking and balancing. Some parents start toddlers as young as two years old. Most ski schools have programs for the diaper set (see: Aspen’s Cubs on Skis for ages 2.5 to 4) geared exclusively toward having fun outside part of the day.
SKI magazine and Ski Utah are teaming up to encourage skiers and snowboarders to Bring a Friend to their favorite resort and have a chance to win a four-day trip to Utah. During January, any current skiers and snowboarders that help a friend sign up for a beginner lesson can become eligible to win a trip for two to ski or snowboard in Utah with a SKI magazine editor this winter.
Skiing a spine, with fall-away turns on both sides of it, isn’t easy. But it’s a great way to sharpen your technique.
What’s in It for You › Spines, where adjecent slopes meet to form a peak like the roofline of a giant house, often come with different exposures and even snow conditions on either side. Ski right along the spine and you can sample the goods on each side before you commit to one slope or the other. And it’s fun. You’ll have to contend with variable snow and light, with ground that falls sharply away from you after each transition, and with unpredictable, ever-changing pitches. But the greater the challenge, the sweeter the reward.