In the past I had always wanted my kids to love skiing as much as I did and when I took them early in life, I never heard the “dad, it’s snowing out, let’s go skiing! Yahoo!”I kept on trying and It all started 11 years ago when I took my grandson AJ to Okemo for a winter weekend. The first few times were trying and when I fell down on him as skied with him between my legs to keep him from taking off down the mountain. He stormed down the mountain with his skis in his arms saying that he was never going to ski again! I thought it was over.
Every year since then we have gone skiing and he has joined the ski club at school but never did I hear the phase mentioned above. Or should I say not until this year.
Last year was the learning to snowboard year. We had an opportunity to go over to Wachusett ski area near Worchester, Mass. While we were there, AJ took as many as 7 snowboard lesson in the 2 days we were there. He even took advantage of the night skiing too. By the end of the weekend he was actually coming down from the top on an intermediate trail with lots of confidence. I am not sure that he is a convert yet though.

Aj is now is 14, and a typical 14 I might add, with a shrug of the shoulder when asked how are you doing, and a “whatever” for an answer whether appropriate or not. As well as the typical cell phone posture of head down, fingers moving on the keyboard and mind in lala cyber land. However when it came to gearing up for skiing and snowboarding this year he has been planning since September. Where are the sharpening tools, what kind of wax are you going to get me, where are the extra pair of skis, and will you get me twin tips? He has grown to the point that he is now in my size 13 ski boot. ( I hope he doesn’t grow that foot any bigger?)
He has taken over my new shop in the garage. There are skis everywhere, 3 pair are sitting up against the wall and they are all sharpened, holes filled with ptex and waxed. There are wax shaving all over the floor, ptex drippings there too. The vise table is right where it was set up and basically everything is still where he left it in the middle of the floor. Not a complaint, I am happy that he is willing to do it!
Every day it has snowed over the past two or three weeks he has come to me saying let’s go skiing, So, this coming holiday week will be his first time out and he is chomping at the bit, he has been warned that skiing will be earned with good grades especially for special ski trips. But it is the holiday week and since he is off. I think we will get out for a couple days of skiing. Now the big decision is where to go?

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