We were invited to Mt High in Wrightwood for a day of skiing and lessons. We have done snow play before with the kids, but we haven't given them lessons for skiing. I set up the kids for skiing lessons and it was the best decision we have made. Kids like to argue with parents that they know what they are doing and don't really listen to us when we are teaching them. The instructors at Mt High know how to teach kids. They tell them key phrases to show them how to put their skis. My kids said they liked making a pizza with their skis. Plus with Mt High packages they make it easy to have everything ready for you.
As you can see from the video in just two hours my youngest was doing it on his own!
It is exciting to hear what your child has learned after class. Have them show you and talk about it days following so that it stays fresh in their mind. Schedule another class or take them out yourself if you feel they are ready.
Here are my Ski Tips for Kids for Mt High:
- Get ski clothes at your local Thrift Store
- Don't spend the money on the clothes. Go to the thrift store and buy snow boots. I also recommend overall snow bib for the kids. As they sit or fall you don't want snow to get inside their pants or jackets. Spend money on good quality socks and gloves.
- Dress your kids in layers. Purchase warmers.
- I put their pajamas underneath, then sweatpants, and then the overall snow bib.
- Bring extra gloves and socks
- During the class they might get them wet and when you are done with your day your child will appreciate a fresh pair of socks to wear on the drive home.
- Be prepared
- The night before have all the clothes laid out and ready. Have your snacks and drinks packed for the drive up and drive back. Check Mt High website to see if there are any forms that you can fill out prior to your arrival. On a piece a paper or your phone write down your child's weight, height, and shoe size. Know if you are going to eat lunch there or on the drive home.
- Get there early!
- Check to see what google maps tells you it will take to get there and add another hour to the trip. Trust me you want to get there early as traffic will back up and your kids will be restless trying to get there. It will take you time to park, get situated, and get your rental equipment.
- Rent the equipment
- It just makes it easier and less pressure. Once your child has had their class you can decide if you should continue to rent or buy the equipment. Please note that you will need to rent a locker to place the shoes in.
- Have a good breakfast
- Before you leave the house make sure they have had a good breakfast like oatmeal. Have them eat a snack as you get closer so that they are ready for the day.
- Go to the bathroom
- When you get there have your kids go to the bathroom before taking their lesson. You don't want them to have to stop in the middle of their class to go and knowing kids they will try to hold it as long as possible before saying anything. Before you head back home take them to the bathrooms. You might be stuck in traffic.
- Don't get private lessons for your kids
- You want your child to enjoy their first lessons so put them with their peers. They will have fun and make new friends.
- Stop them before they get tired
- This is an important one since it will take you awhile to get the rental gear off and returned. Also remember the walk up to the slopes? Think about having to drag your child when they are cranky and tired.
Hope you enjoy your trip and I can't wait to hear how your family did!
Do you have any tips to add?
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