High, dry powder was what we found as we plied the boys with Swedish Fish to lure them up the climb.
Once on top we didn’t have to worry about their downhill skills, it was more a matter of reeling them in as the next generation certainly is not afraid of speed or charging the fall line.
As long time skiers my wife and I have always been excited to share the exploration and fun of backcountry skiing with our children. We got just that chance recently with a late season blast of snow and a hut trip we’d planned with our friends Kim and Lori and their two boys.
One safety key we feel is key is that of being like minded in risk assessment. Especially while working with younger folks, it’s important that everyone is on the same page when it comes to how much risk the adult leaders accept, and how they deal with this amongst themselves — as the kids listen in on the conversation. We of course practice avy self-rescue skills, and work on finer points of going uphill on skis, such as mastering those kick turns. Hydration is emphasized, and providing the correct food treats is essential. (Sugar works to an extent, but try to trick them into eating something more than candy.)
Oh, yeah, this sounds obvious and is when you are wrangling three boys ages 10, 11, and 12 – but most of all HAVE FUN!
Penn and Kir Newhard live in a log cabin in Basalt, Colorado with their four (yep, four not a typo) kids, Chapin, Lacey, Natalie and Teagan. Penn works at Backbone Media doing PR for various outdoor and snow sports companies. Kir wrangles the kids, plans awesome mini-adventures camping, climbing, rafting, skiing and bakes a mean plate of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies