Skiing Alone: Chara's Trip Diary Day 3

Posted by Chara on March 3, 2011

This morning I dropped my eight-year-old son off for his snowboard lesson at 9 am and my daughter off for her Signature 3 ski lesson at 9:45 am. By 9:47 am I was skiing alone for the first time in almost ten years.

Do you want to hear my 394,719,834,134 reasons why I never put both kids in ski school before?  Of course you don't.  Because you know them.  Little niggling worries about everything from lost mittens to my cell phone not working to mean kids to what-if-they-don't-like-the-chicken-nuggets.  What if they're too cold?  What if they're too hot?  What if, what if what if.  I packed all these little excuses away and stacked them under a grand umbrella excuse.

"It's too expensive."

My son has actually had lessons here and there, which left me free to ski with my younger daughter,  tucked between my legs as I snowplowed down the most beginner of beginner trails.  She didn't learn a thing.  And I would look at my Lower Mountain ticket, bought because I knew I wouldn't get a chance to go any higher, and wonder why I was still skiing.

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Skiing without the kids!

But today, in knee deep powder, all over the mountain, all by myself, I remembered.

Yes, ski school can be expensive.  And it's hard to hand your kids, particularly your younger kids, over to unknown care providers.  But the ski instructors and their support staff are as professional and nurturing as any preschool or sitter I have ever seen.  And missing fresh powder has its own price.

I predict plenty of lessons in my kids' future.


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