Story by

Andrea Rasmussen

May 9th, 2017

Last weekend we decided to take our boys skiing for the first time. My husband is an avid snowboarder, and has been anticipating taking our boys skiing since they were born. For some reason, his soul craves the rush of adrenaline and powder covered mountains and he wants our boys to experience that, too! After arriving to the ski resort and getting settled in, we went back and forth as to whether to rent ski's for our two-year-old son.

Eli is a bit stubborn at times. When he wants to do something, he does it wholeheartedly, but when he doesn't want to do something… you know how that goes. We went ahead and rented him skis anyway. After getting all the gear, we headed to the bunny hill to teach them basic techniques. Although the start was a bit rough, the boys quickly took to skiing.

The first several times we went down holding the back of their snow pants, reminding them to make a "pizza" to slow down. Once they got the hang of it, they no longer wanted our help and wanted to go up and down the hill on their own.

They were so excited to show us that they could do it independently. From that moment on it was up and down and back and forth on the hill all morning long. The boys fell a couple times, but quickly got back up without complaint. Falling didn't seem to phase them at all.

At noon, we had to convince the boys to come off the hill to eat lunch. After lunch, they insisted on going back to ski some more even though we could tell they were tired. We made our way back to the hill and let the boys continue to ski. They decided to stepped up their game, and, like most brothers, turned their skiing into a competition. To them, it was the best day ever!

The next day our oldest son did a couple more practice rounds on the bunny hill and then decided he was ready to take on the mountain. He and my husband rode the ski lift to the top and began the descent down. When they reached the bottom, his face was glowing from excitement. I think its safe to say that there will be more skiing in our future.

Time and time again, my kids show me that they can and will rise above if they are given the chance. Kids are amazing. I think we sometimes underestimate what they are capable of. I know I do. I am so proud of our boys.

I honestly didn't know how this was going to go or if they would even enjoy it due to being so young, but it was so fun watching them independently conquer the mountain and fall in love with skiing. The joy and excitement on their faces was worth it all.