Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tyler's First Ski Trip

 We took Tyler out to Utah for his first ski trip at the end of January.  He did great for a 3-year old and more importantly he LOVED it! 
Tyler was a trooper.  On the first day we had a long walk from the car to the ski area.  If you have ever skied, ski boots are NOT comfortable but Tyler never once complained. 
Snowbird - Day 1 Resort

Getting his skis on for the first time.  Popo was a big help!

There he goes getting the feel for it with Popo.

He would watch his "skates" a lot.  We kept having to tell him "Head up, Tyler." 

On the flat spots we had to give him a little push sometimes since he wasn't skiing with poles.

Tyler's first lift ride.  Tyler call the lifts swings.  He would say "Mommy, I want to ride the swings again."  I was nervous how he would do on the lift because sitting still is not his forte, but he was awesome and would look around and say "Wow, it's beautiful!"  I couldn't have said it better myself, Tyler! 

This little boy L.O.V.E.S. his Grandma.  Grandma sat with him in the afternoon on day one and he napped on her.  Yes, Tyler still usually takes a 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon and skiing will wear you out.  I asked him if he wanted to sit with me to give Grandma a break and he definitively said "No, I want Grandma." 

How can you not think this is an amazing way to spend an afternoon?  A gorgeous view, great company and a beer!

Park City Mountain Resort
Day 2 Resort

Kyle, Pirate (I will explain in just a bit) and Raz

My hubby and I - this photo was taken on Jeff's birthday.  Aunt Barb was kind enough to watch both boys and we enjoyed the day together skiing - it was perfect!

Tyler and the Pirate.  Tyler called poor Wallace a pirate the entire trip...it was pretty hysterical.  Wallace was awesome with Tyler!  In this photo they are making their pirate faces. 

Evidence that Nathan was on vaction with us.  Aunt Barb was amazing and watched Nathan each day.  It was such a special treat we were not expecting.  It meant both Jeff and I got to watch Tyler learn how to ski together...what an awesome gift!

Barb and Stu's kitchen was bustling with activity each night.  They truly are the best hosts!

Yep, Tyler and his Grandma again...reading books before bed.

Jeff's birthday pies - three candles in each for 33!  My husband is getting old!

Day 3 Resort

More skiing photos!

Thanks, Kyle!  Kyle was awesome skiing with Tyler.  Tyler would talk about Kyle non-stop after the ski trip.  "Uncle Kyle is my best friend."  "I am going to ski fast like Uncle Kyle." 
Tyler had quite the audience.

Ross, Mom and Julie talking ski strategy.  ;)

There he goes.  We told Tyler to put his hands on his knees and he was an excellent listener.  If only he would listen that well all the time...

This might be one of my favorite photos from the trip. 
Tyler told me at one point on the trip "Mommy, my skates (he often called his skis skates) are too slow!"  My thought was "Oh, great!  In a few years, I won't be able to keep up with him." 

Yes, I realize Tyler looks upside down.  This is how he would lay in the snow after he fell.  He would just lay there and wait for one of us to ski up to him to pick him up.  I will give him that it is not easy to get up on skis, especially on some of the flat surfaces we had him try, but come on, Tyler!

The orange band between his skis is called an Edgy Wedgy and it was quite possibly the best $10 we spent on the trip.  It prevented Tyler's skis from going too far apart.

Man down.

Deer Valley Resort
Day 4 resort was for skiers only (meaning no snowboards)

We were so proud of our little skier.  More importantly, he had a great time and LOVED it meaning we can and WILL do it again. 

This is not the end of Tyler's ski trip posts.  I have several videos to download from my phone and Kyle has lots of video from the GoPro cameras we had on the trip too - at times we had up to three of them going.  I also have a lot more photos from our last day in Utah when we just enjoyed playing in the snow as a family and Nathan got to join us then too!  Stay tuned! :) 


  1. What a great tradition to start so young! Priceless pics and I am very impressed with Tyler's skills and adapting to all the equipment and cold! Looks like you all had the best time

  2. What an awesome post and amazing opportunity! Looks like it was a blast, and I'm sooo proud of Tyler!