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posted by Sarah on July 20, 2011 4:49 PM MDT
Why our family should win a trip to Park City Mountain Resort
We are a family who skis in theory. Both kids were put on skis by the age of 3 by their father, who learned to ski as an adult on Killington. My husband, Philly city boy, joined a Ski Haus in his mid- 20s and learned to ski from guys who skied for PE class. I am an LA girl who learned to ski by joining ski club in middle school.
Back to the kids. They learned to make the wedge and slip and slide down the sides of mountains by age 5. Every year, we tried to take them skiing at least 3 days by studying the weather and snow conditions to get the best fresh snow at the best price. Our goal was to have them love skiing to make that our family sport and winter vacation. We planned our Presidents' Weekend around skiing the best snow we could find on the East Coast. Often, we were skiing on icy gravel at temperatures in the teens. We were forever chasing the mythical "perfect" conditions or soft snow and temperatures above 25 degrees. There were days we got in only 5 short runs at Blue Mountain because of the crowds and poor conditions.
My daughter was the first to admit that she did not like skiing. Then, last year, my son said that it wasn't worth it.
If our kids, ages 13 and 15, could ski the large open runs of "real" snow in Utah, I believe they will love skiing as god intended. We've talked about the possibility of traveling to Utah to ski the mythical snow but haven't had the funds to do it.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sarah in New Jersey
All his hopes