Growing a Skier at Snowbird

Growing a Skier at Snowbird

Growing A Skier

By Growing A Skier \ April 2 2019

If you’re a local or have heard the legends, you probably know that Snowbird has a reputation for being home to some of the steepest terrain in Utah. Skiers return to Snowbird season after season for that steep and deep experience. If you’ve got little rippers (or soon to be rippers), you might be wondering if Snowbird is a good place to teach them to ski. With plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain, we promise that your little one will fall in love with Snowbird the same way that you have.

Setting up Camp at Creekside Lodge

When you think about Snowbird, the first image that pops in your head is probably the tram. While intermediate skiers will be able find long, cruising runs down from the tram, beginners will find more terrain that they love at the base of Creekside Lodge. Creekside Lodge will be your one-stop shop for the day, with access to plenty of great skiing, food and places to recharge tired legs. Spend the morning exploring Baby Thunder lift, which offers several fun green runs down the mountain. The playful terrain off of Baby Thunder is the perfect place to build the confidence to explore more of the mountain. This is often where you'll find the Snowbird Mountain School groups honing their skills.


Practicing Skills to Navigate More Challenging Terrain

Snowbird is a great place to push limits and tackle a challenge. If there is still some juice in those little legs after a morning on Baby Thunder, consider taking a run down Mid-Gad. This long, yet approachable, run is a great place to practice those skills you mastered earlier in the day. When you encounter a steeper section, remind your little skier to keep making those turns to control their speed. Instead of focusing on the bottom of a run, shift their attention to meeting a goal “let’s do 10 turns back and forth” or “lets ski across to that tree”. Turn by turn, your little skier will feel on top of the world after skiing something that looked challenging. If you need some help getting your kiddo to master some skills, check out the Snowbird Mountain School.

Snowbird Mountain School

Snowbird takes the “start ‘em young” approach to skiing. Whether you want to introduce your 3-year-old to skiing or help your older kids take it to the next level, the Snowbird Mountain School has got you covered. These half day sessions have everything your little one needs to get going on the mountain, including rentals, a lift ticket and lunch. Additionally, locals love the Adventure Team programs for their children. These 3 or 5 week full day programs equip your little ones to rapidly advance in one season (and give mom and dad some quality time to ski). Snowbird’s skilled instructors can give your little skier some one-on-one attention in the small classes, and the energetic peer group encourages adventurous play on the mountain.  


Fun on the Mountain as a Family

I’m sure at some point on a pre-kid powder day, you found yourself saying “life could never get better”. But now you’re privy to the secret. Sharing your love with skiing with your little ones only sweetens the deal. Cracking jokes on the lift, exploring a new area of the mountain together and watching your little one crush it on a section you knew would be a challenge brings a joy your younger self could not have imagined. Before you know it, your little ones will be following your tracks down the mountain. Or better yet, before you know it, you’ll be racing each other down the mountain.

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My heart sank. A few weeks before Tatum was born we started talking about winter. The reality of our changing parameters were just starting to sink in for me. Last season we found a fun and relatively easy groove for our family. “I guess it’s just going to be ‘one of those’ seasons”, I sighed. I felt resigned. . Well, it absolutely has been one of THOSE seasons. A season we will always remember! We’ve had some absolutely satisfying powder runs, sunny groomer days with Huck, and lots of snuggles with Tatum in the lodge. This has truthfully been my favorite ski season of my life. And it’s not over yet! . I won’t lie. I won’t sugar coat it. Skiing with an infant and a toddler takes much more intentional planning. We’re getting up a little earlier and spending a little more time in the car getting ready. But man. Seeing Huck really take off down the mountain with a big smile and a holler, coming in from the cold to a snuggly warm babe, and sneaking out for a steep and quick mom+dad run all make my heart sing. I love this chapter of life. . We just wrapped up a great week with @skiutah! I can’t wait to share how family friendly (and mom and dad friendly!) each of the resorts we visited were. This photo from @johnhowlandphoto was from @snowbird yesterday! Huck skied 6 runs down Mid-Gad and finished the day with a sugar cookie. His legs are getting strong!

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