I'll do a little intro for those that didn't follow my blog last year. My name is Jodi Saeland and I am a Mom first and foremost and a Meteorologist second. A year and a half ago I decided to leave my Broadcasting job for the stay at home Mom job. Wow! Big shout out to all the Moms out there! Hardest, yet most rewarding job there is. I have recently started back to work on a minimal basis as a broadcast Meteorologist once again. So, I will be sharing my weather knowledge of this winter with you all.
The other part of my blog will be the trials of teaching, or continuing to teach, my kids to ski. My daughter, Emily, just turned 5. She went from edgie wedgies at the beginning of last year to her last run being off the tram at Snowbird. It was a great experience from beginning to end.
My son, Brennan, is 3 1/2. We gave it a go last year, but....not quite interested. You see, 90% of teaching kids to ski is them actually wanting to do it. If they are interested and excited, they can do it! Brennan is what you'd call....a child with his own head....he'll let you know when he is ready and not a minute before.
I will be sharing my experiences in outfitting the kids, getting them up the hill, taking lessons and just tips on how to get around and enjoy your vacation with the kids. Granted, I live in Utah so at the end of the day, I go back to my house. However, if you are taking a vacation to Utah; I'll try to give you some tips on kid friendly ideas to make your trip enjoyable for the whole family.
I do a lot of hiking with my kids, so they stay very active through the summer. We also do it at elevation, so we have a leg up on that part.
In Utah, the weather can change very quickly! I'm including some photos just 2 1/2 weeks ago from mid-mountain Alta while on a hike to Catherines Pass. Also, from Mineral Basin, the back side of Snowbird.
The snow has already arrived and winter is well on it's way. And in looking at the weather outlook for this winter, it could be interesting. It is a La Nina year. If we look at the three month outlook for December, January, February.. it puts Utah in slightly above normal precip. We'll see. In general, La Nina winters tend to produce higher than average snow. Only time will tell.
I hope you'll join me on my journey with my kids. Feel free to comment, offer suggestions, ask questions throughout this season. Always fun to hear from other Moms and families out there!