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First time snow skiing

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:49 pm

We had a lull in our work schedules last week, so we took the opportunity to head up to Huntington Lake and get some snow time with our 3-year-old son. I took him downhill skiing for the first time and he loved it. It was perfect early spring conditions up at China Peak: sunny, plenty of snow, and not too warm to make it into a slushy mess.

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First time down the hill at China Peak.


I was hoping to get him up the chair lift once, but he kept asking to go back up and so after five times up and down I finally had to talk him into stopping for lunch (and a nap!). I've been skiing since I was five so this was just awesome for me. We were with my parents and it was my dad's 73rd birthday. Needless to say, it was a good day for everyone.

I did get an afternoon to myself on the old hill. (I've been skiing up there since the late 70's.) It was awesome skiing on the groomers and the place was practically empty. A couple full-mountain bombers down Razorback left me grinning like a lunatic. I'd recommend it to anyone in the San Joaquin valley or Central Coast—head over mid-week and enjoy yourself.
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Re: First time snow skiing

Postby oldranger » Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:54 pm

Nice post. I think my first time skiing was about 1960 at China Peak but didn't get into 100+ days a year until the 80s.

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Re: First time snow skiing

Postby Cross Country » Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:31 pm

I took up skiing at 38 and immediately loved it. My wife really liked it and my son Mike. What a great family activity this was that we induldged in for over 20 years, at times 30 days a year.
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Re: First time snow skiing

Postby maverick » Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:16 pm

Looks like the both of you were having a great time.
Who really had to take the nap at lunch?
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Re: First time snow skiing

Postby Carne_DelMuerto » Tue Jan 25, 2011 7:40 pm

I won't lie, Maverick. I think I was more wiped out than the kid.
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Re: First time snow skiing

Postby Bad Man From Bodie » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:12 pm

Those tether straps work wonders! I started my oldest at about 2 years and progressed to the straps and steeper runs at 3. He is now 4, going on 5, and Im assuming he will be able to rip me up by next year. I agree there is not a better family sport...maybe fishing?
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Re: First time snow skiing

Postby Troutdog 59 » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:44 am

Great post and pic CDM :cool: . Glad to see your boy loves the sliding. The Peak is my home resort living down the hill in Clovis so my we (wife, son, and daughter) ski there often. Price is right as well with a pass running about $250 if you pick it up the spring before and they have good deals for college students and veterans as well (~$100).

With the early year weve already put almost 15 days on the slopes this sesaon, but typically I only get about 20 to 25 days a season as I'm a working stiff. Like the Old Ranger, for two years back in the 80's I worked at Sugar Bowl up on the Donner Summit and logged over 100 days a season. Simply awesome memories I will always cherish.

I love the pic with you and your son =D> . We did the harness leash thing with my son as well starting at 3 years, because the little bugger just wanted to go straight down the hill. He is 21 now and has long since passed me by and thats OK with me :nod: . We didnt use it as much with my daughter as she wanted to stay in control and really learned fast.

Again, great post. It brought back some good memories.
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