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All week long I’ve been talking about how to ski with kids, with tips about where to ski, where to stay, where to eat, and how to get geared up. But one thing I haven’t mentioned is why I ski with my kids.
It’s certainly not because skiing is a convenient sport for us: We live in flat-as-a-pancake Delaware. Any skiing we do involves either a significant drive or a flight, which is always further complicated by the fact that the boys don’t get much time off from school in the winter. And skiing isn’t an especially economical family hobby. Even though I hunt out deals and lease equipment and find as many ways as I can to reduce the cost of skiing, it always ends up as a significant part of our travel budget for the year – partly because we can’t get enough of it and so try to go as often as possible.
Downhill skiing as a family takes agency, organization, commitment, and resources. Which may make you wonder why I have dedicated the past four days on my blog extolling its virtues. Well, I’ll tell you why.
It’s because of mountains.
It’s because of cold, crisp air on our cheeks.
It’s because of how good food tastes after spending the entire day outdoors.
It’s because of fir trees dusted with snow.
It’s because of hot chocolate and fireplaces.
It’s because skiing makes me feel like I’m flying, like I’m a superhero, like I’m ten years old and the whole world is before me to be seized.
It’s because at no other time do all four members of my family so clearly and simply enjoy doing the exact same thing at the exact same time.
It’s because of joy.
Why do you ski with your kids?
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