Years ago, I wrote an article called “Confessions of a Ski Industry Mom” for a trade publication. In that article, I confessed to over-training my daughter (taking my child in terrain that challenged her ability level) in a moment of “powder panic” in fresh snow. As a ski instructor, I knew that I should keep my child on gentle or moderate terrain as she developed her skills. But my reptilian skier brain took over that day and it resulted in tears—from both of us. I’m happy to say that years later, there appears to be no lasting damage and now my 12-year-old daughter is officially a skier who loves powder days, jumping off of cornices and carving turns down steep runs.
My husband and I worked hard at being patient and helping her develop her skills by putting her in lessons and ultimately a race program. Then we reinforced what the pros told her to work on. Now we’re a ski family, just like I hoped for. The following tips are insights I’ve learned throughout my journey as a ski parent. Mistakes are bound to happen, but hopefully they turn into learning experiences that ultimately help your child become a lifelong skier.