I have this wonderful image in my mind. I’m skiing down the mountain following my three kids. We’re laughing our way through the lift line and bonding over steamy hot chocolate. In reality, it’s me looking out the window of our Boulder, Colorado home at fresh powder, paralyzed by fear. I’m not afraid to ski. I’m afraid to take my kids skiing.
Why? I fear spending hundreds nay, thousands on ski equipment, passes and lessons to have it end in tears and complaints (my tears, their complaints). Here we are in Boulder, CO just a couple hours from world-class skiing and my three kids have skied two times. Two.
Solution? Indoor skiing at Shredder Ski and Snowboard Gym. No, this isn’t instead of snow, but it is a great way to enjoy learning the basics in shorts and a T-shirt. No driving to the mountains in bad weather through bottleneck traffic. No grumpy kids swaddled in layers of snow gear walking from the parking lot in ski boots to try something they may or may not enjoy.
If they didn’t enjoy it, I could hardly blame them. I was a ski instructor a lifetime ago and by far, the hardest part is getting used to the gear. Wearing planks attached to concrete boots is awkward in the best of circumstances, but doing it for the first time after a long drive in layers of clothing while freezing is just miserable. It’s hard. It’s not fun.
Skiing should be fun! And, it is fun once you get the basics out of the way. Why stand in the cold to learn how to pop in and out of bindings? Why fall in the snow when you can land on carpet?
Shredder Ski and Snowboard Gym provides a great solution for people and kids who want to learn in more ideal conditions. Let’s be real, indoor skiing, that’s just cool! What kid doesn’t want to do that?
Brooks, the owner and operator of Shredder, has years of experience teaching kids and is an accomplished skier himself. He’s silly, the kids love him and he has a staff that is patient in a way any parent truly appreciates.
It’s not just learning about the gear. They learn about trail maps, ski lifts and safety. In just three lessons my seven year old is making a parallel turn. He’s not afraid, he’s not cold and he’s smiling and having a great time. So am I. Now he’s excited to get on the slopes and show off his skills. See you on the slopes!