Starting as little babies, we learn, grow, and become independent by observing our parents. It is from them that we learn elemental life skills, as well as the behaviors we adopt when interacting with the world: social cues, manners, and the way we talk with people.
If this is true for all the major things in life, it certainly is true for some of the lighter things. We tend to share what we love with our kids, and that includes our hobbies and passions.
We need to be honest, though. We think it doesn’t get much better than hitting the slopes and navigating through fresh powder together when it comes to family activities. You can absolutely get an adrenaline rush on the mountain, but there’s another rush that comes as you watch your youngest kiddo become self-sufficient on the hills. There’s no question about it; we think there are multiple benefits for being a skiing family, not the least of which are the following points.
To start with, from the very beginning, understanding something new is a procedure of having to try, fail, and keep trying. Even when you’ve learnt the basic technique, there are incremental skill levels to be acquired and you can become better and better as time moves forward. Even if you are accomplishing this because it’s one thing you enjoy, skiing can help you teach your children that life resembles that, too. Nobody starts out at the top. Rather, you must master the basics and put in the right time to get familiar yourself with the skill and then enhance gradually. It’s kinda nice when you can incorporate something you love with letting your kids understand a basic life skill, no?
Second, considering being active as a family leads to overall better health and helps instill a desire to choose movement when it’s time to cut loose from the everyday routine and relax. Putting your kids in this kind of situation helps engender in them a love for nature and beauty that can’t be replicated any other way.
Third, skiing helps them engage in something that’s real. In ways that we can’t even fully appreciate, our children are growing up in this world, and they spend more and more time “plugged in,” and less time interacting in real-time, engaging with actual people, learning how to have important conversations face to face, and polite behaviors that might, nowadays, be considered old fashioned. Skiing is a great way to facilitate this!
As it becomes part of your family culture and something that you’ve done for years, it will become more than just a sport you enjoy. This action will be connected to time with those you love, and the source of many cherished memories. Maybe it will evoke the time you invested in the Rockies one Christmas, when your grandparents rented out a motorcoach and the entire family traveled together and stayed at a 5-star hotel while enjoying a 5-star ski resort at the same time. Maybe you’ll look through family photos and see your dad wearing the ski bibs you recall him wearing as a child, and see your 7-year-old crooked grin staring back at you. The truth is: aside from the physical advantages, life lessons and all that jazz, it will develop for you a reservoir of time with those you love that you’ll never cry over.
While we’re assured you could list the details that enter your mind when you discuss why you love skiing with your family, these are just some of the factors we considered. Skiing together is a terrific way to have a great time, stay healthy, and get the most out of today in order that your memories are enjoyable for tomorrow.