The kids didn’t have school Friday so I took the day off and took Isaac and Micah skiing at Brighton again. Ily took Reece to the childrens museum and they didn’t have to put up with any complaints of, “this is boring,” from older brothers. A good time was had by all.

Being a Friday, we basically had the place to ourselves. The one time we had to wait more than 30 seconds in a lift line was when we got caught behind the ski school. We quickly moved to the other beginner lift to avoid that again. It was amazing, especially considering how long lift lines were the previous two times (Saturdays) that we’ve gone skiing there.

The story for the day was the halfpipe. The bigger beginner lift, Majestic, goes right over the terrain park and right next to the half pipe. It’s fun to watch everyone doing their tricks while you ride up. Something about the halfpipe intrigued Micah, and as we dangled our legs over the run next to it he stated matter of factly, “I want to ski on the half pipe.”

“Really?” I asked.

Very calmly again, “Yes.”

When he’s that calm about something, you know he’s serous. I talked him into just doing the green runs a few more times, and then maybe after lunch we’d give it a try (or he’d forget about it, I thought). You have to take a steeper blue run just to get to the half pipe, and he and Isaac had never skied one of those before. As we rode Majestic for the first time after lunch he started talking about the half pipe again. Isaac thought it over a bit and said, “I don’t think we should ride the half pipe, it’s pretty steep just to get it.”

“I want to ski on it.”

“Micah, I really don’t think we should.”

“Let’s do it.”

“Um, I just dropped my poles.”

“What!?” I interrupted.

“I just dropped both my poles. They slipped out of my hands” replied Isaac, far too calmly.

I looked over my shoulder and sure enough, there were Isaac’s poles on the ground below us, right next to the half pipe. While he was concentrating on his argument against the half pipe, his hands had betrayed him. There was no way we were going to just leave them and pay the rental shop for them later. To the terrain park we would go.

They did fine on the way down to the park entrance. It was steep, but really wide open, and again, nobody else there. We took big wide turns back and forth down the hill and they did fine. Micah stopped at the top of the half pipe and Isaac and I went down just past that to get his poles. He skied on down beside the half pipe and I sidestepped back up to Micah. I had a blast skiing up to the rim on each side a few times as I went down (I cautiously avoided catching any air, as a, um, responsible father I didn’t want to chance hurting myself) and when I got to the bottom I looked back and Micah was actually making turns and heading up each side a tiny bit as he went down. After a few turns he skied down the middle, a satisfied little shredder. My initial frustration with Isaac dropping his poles was gone. When we caught up to Isaac and told him how awesome the half pipe was, he fully gave in, “I want to try it!”

So we did it again and all three of us took turns doing our Winter Olympics inspired runs. It was great. After a one more run down the normal runs their legs were tired out and we headed back home. Good times. Here are some cell-phone pictures (I never remember to bring my camera skiing, it’s an old tradition that the cell phone is saving me from).

The kids didn’t have school Friday, so I took the day off and took Isaac and Micah skiing (Ily took Reece to the childrens museum).  For the first few runs we literally had the mountain to ourselves.  We were skiing down the hill and right onto the lift.  A few more people showed up as the day went on, but never had to wait more than 30 seconds to get on a chair.

One beginner lift goes right next to the halfpipe, and Micah decided we needed to try it.  We did, and the boys had fun snow plowing down it.
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Jennifer Wise March 1, 2010 at 6:42 a.m.

As a non-skier (went once, hated it, end of story), I am thoroughly impressed by just about everything in this post!

Julie March 1, 2010 at 10:28 a.m.

You guys are so hard core! Good job! I definitely miss skiing!

Melinda March 6, 2010 at 9:39 a.m.

Fun. I am jealous!!!