Family Bonding and Skiing


How do you like to spend time with your family? Watching sports teams? Cooking or baking? Playing board games like Monopoly or Scrabble? Bike riding? Hiking? Bowling? Swimming in the pool or the ocean? Our family loves many of these things, but our true favorite, despite the incredible complexity of outfitting seven people for this outdoor activity (thank you, Mom!) is skiing.

Time with Family Skiing

Our love of skiing began in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where my Aunt Simone and Uncle Will lived for many years on a rural ranch with their dogs, cats and horses. My boys came of age skiing in Steamboat’s fresh “champagne powder”, loving the freedom of the mountain as a break from the confinement of their big city apartment life.

Since then, we’ve ventured off skiing as much as we can. I do dread the preparation, trying on and handing down sets of long underwear, ski pants and jackets, neck-warmers, gloves and socks. Thankfully, since my kids are so close in age (all between 13-22 months apart), with each passing year down goes another outfit through the food chain, keeping someone younger warm. I can try to justify what we spend on travel and lift tickets against the savings that comes from not needing to buy too much clothing each year.

Here are some favorite pictures of us skiing last week. First, Beckett’s chance encounter with French freestyle champion Kevin Rolland this past week from La Plagne, France where we spent Christmas together. What a nice guy to take a break from training for this photo!time with family skiingDo you love trees? Having grown up in rural Connecticut, I adore looking at trees of all sorts. These snow covered furs show how much snow we’ve been lucky to get here. In fact, it’s snowed so much that it’s difficult to ski — that’s an uncommon problem. Last night we received four feet and they’re predicting more than four more feet tonight! Folks are snowed in and few lifts are open since only the rare skier can make it down these slopes covered in feet of fresh powder.family time on the slopesTalking on the chair lift with red noses and masked faces and heads is one of the best parts of skiing! Sometimes my kids will wander off chatting in a new direction and I find myself just capturing their thoughts and words, grateful for the one-on-one time with them. I loved my chair lift with Marielle who told me of her dreams of becoming a dancer.family time skiingHow did you spend time with family this holiday season? Please share and thanks so much for reading. No matter what you chose to do, what matters is that you spent the time, talking, enjoying, just being together. Please share how you spent your time together below and enter our giveaway.

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  • Skiing sounds like fun, running is one of our family bonding activities!

    • Running as a family sounds fun too! 🙂

  • Emma Allen Shetler

    These all sound so fun!

  • Leela

    That looks like so much fun!

    • It’s been a blast! Very blessed to have done with with my family!

  • Debbie P

    It looks like a fantastic time!

    • Very lucky to have had the opportunity! Thanks for reading, Debbie!

  • Cindy

    My hubby spend time playing video games with his nephew.

  • Natalie

    We are going on a family ski trip this winter as well!

    • How fun!! Hope you have a great time, Natalie!! Xx

  • Laurie Nykaza

    Looks like a fun trip wish i were there and not sick with a cold on the couch.

    • Sorry to hear that. Hope you’re feeling better!

  • slr11

    We just stayed close to home. Visited with our mom at Christmas.

    • Nothing like being home for the holidays. Happy New Year! 🙂

  • shannon

    This looks like such a great time. We didn’t do too much over the holidays, but we have some upcoming trips planned.

    • Sounds fun! Hope you have a great time on your upcoming trips!

  • mami2jcn

    We’re taking a ski trip in January! These pictures are great.

  • Calvin F.

    Really could use some amazon credits..

    Usually we spend time cooking at home and have a huge family gathering.

    • Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Calvin. 🙂

  • EBT

    Ah I haven’t skied in years

    • Hope you get a chance to soon! Thanks for reading!

  • Pat Ferro

    It is too cold here for skiing!

  • cynthiac

    We get together for holiday meals. Usually a lot of fun but everybody was sick this year which really made things difficult. Even the kids just slept on the sofa. Looking forward to better times next year.

    • Oh no!! What a bummer! Hope you all are having a great 2018 so far at least! 🙂

  • scottsgal

    My 22 year old son is heading to a college ski trip today to Big Sky, Montana – he loves snowboarding.

    • Sounds amazing! Hope he has a great time!

  • Becca

    I have never been skiing before but it looks like so much fun. I’m not sure I would ever advance past the bunny slope though.

    • Oh it’s challenging, but I think that’s part of why I love it so much! Thanks for reading, Becca!

  • Lasonda

    We stayed home for the holidays and enjoyed family coming over for a meal and to visit.

    • That sounds lovely! Hope you are having a great 2018 so far! 🙂

  • Allyson Tice

    fun times!! i wish i loved skiing! happy new year you all!

  • Sarah Peirpoint

    Looks like fun! we are planning a trip to Steamboat in March. Thanks!

  • Linda G.

    Looks like fun, we should plan a ski trip.

    • You should! It’s a great bonding experience for the family!

  • Lynette Mattke

    I love winter and snow! Happy New Year!

  • DeeG131

    I’ve never been snowboarding but it looks like great fun! 🙂

  • Alina Etcha

    What a great fun trip for your family. Love your posts. Thank you for sharing.

  • Seyma Shabbir

    I have never snowboarded but I would love to try!

    • Oh! Hope you get the chance to someday!

  • rnash

    I agree I have never gone snow boarding but would be fund

  • rnash

    I think snow boarding would be great. I like to ski.

  • Melissa Shirley

    I went skiing one time when I was a teenager. As soon as I got off the ski lift I fell. The man running the ski lift would not let me go down and made me go down on A snowmobile.

  • Marie G.

    I’ve always wanted to learn to ski, but haven’t so far. Thanks for sharing!

  • Andrew Cossaboon

    I have never skiied before, looks like so much fun.

  • rtrexel64

    I have gone skiing in the past but never tried snowboarding.

  • honeypie411

    Every year on the day after Christmas we go skiing. One of my favorite traditions.

  • kathypease

    I have lived in Vermont my whole life and never skiied how crazy is that.

  • Ed

    I am thinking of Valentine’s Day!

  • laroyal06

    We had the grandparents over for two weeks and our little toddler loved having visitors in the house! They live across the country so it was nice for everyone to spend the holiday together.

  • Lisa Pecora

    I have never tried skiing or snowboarding. Only sledding.

  • Clair Freebie

    It looks like fun! My daughter is the snowboarder in my family! Good thing we live about 15 minutes from our local resort so she can go all the time!

  • Nicole Carter Weasley

    I have never been skiing, I think I would break my neck!

  • For the holidays, we watched movies and played games.

  • nicholesmith

    I live in Vermont and can you believe I’ve never gone skiing!?!

  • Buddy Garrett

    I have always wanted to ski, scuba diving too but I have never had enough nerve to try.

  • Katherine Gray

    Nice! Skiing is so fun!

  • rosannepm

    All my sons, their wives and their children all flew or drove to our house for Christmas Rosanne

    • How nice!! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas! 🙂

  • Mary Chapman

    We video chatted with the grandparents we weren’t able to visit this year. We went hiking and spent time outside

    • That sounds wonderful, Mary! Thanks for sharing!

  • slehan

    We played some fun games (inside where it is warm!) Glad you had a good time in the snow and cold and chatting on chair lifts.
    Thanks for the contest.
    slehan at juno dot com

    • Warm is always good! ha ha! Thanks for entering!

  • Jerry Marquardt

    I would love to thank you so much for featuring this fine giveaway. I look forward to following you in the future.