The Art of Rituals: 8 Sure Fire Ways to Make Moments Last Forever
- Hot chocolate! Or as my son Nils noted after a day of skiing "Mom, I need a kiddie cocktail!" (Trust me, mom needed "mommy juice" that day). Whether it's hot chocolate or a Shirley Temple (Nils' favorite), connecting after a day of skiing is a long time ritual of the sport and a great way to end the day.
- Fires and hot tubs! Get warm, get cozy, relax and play games!
- Sing! I often hear both of my children singing as they ski. I catch myself jamming to music in my mind as I ski. Share songs on the chair and sing as you shred the terrain. Singing while skiing is so common that PCMR now hosts Singing on the Slopes!
- Trees, trails, whoop-di-dos and treasures. Growing up we created our own paths through the trees. Today, ski areas have developed kid specific terrain. For example, PCMR has Adventure Alley and they provide a treasure map. Snowmama Heather also details the incredible adventure that awaits at PCMR.
- Connection. Regardless of age or differences, the ski slopes often are the nuetral ground for families that have grown together on the slopes. Snowpapa JD relates to this notion and describes the bond he has with his daughter when they hit the slopes together. Sometimes all you need is fresh air, the granduer of the mountains and the flow of your skis/board beneath your feet to unwind and let go of stress.
- Photos, videos, social media... oh my! Snowmama Lisa shares her love of on-mountain photographers, such as Sharp Shooters. Our family had our photo taken every Christmas Day throughout our childhood. This is an amazing ritual and I love looking at the ski gear we wore with pride each passing year. Go-Pro also provides a great way to capture moments and Snowmama April provides an essential 101 for this device. One of our family rituals is hanging our old passes on the Christmas tree as ornaments.
- Speaking of gear... one of the best rituals is picking out your gear for the season ahead. Whether it's brand new, handed down or found, style is unique to each individual. Let your children choose their style and allow them to embody the type of skier or boarder they hope to become!
- Find your own flow and honor the difference of each of your friends and family members. Some of my favorite memories and rituals were from sharing moments on the hill. I learned more about myself, my friends, family, even strangers while skiing. We live in an age filled with technology and opportunties to connect virtually anytime, anywhere. However, it is essential (and often due to extreme cold and huge flakes) to put the phone away, turn of the camera and tune in to each other. Like I've said before: All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Skiing!
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