Top Ten Things You Need to Know Before Your First Ski Trip

With spring break just a few days away, some of you will be hitting the slopes for your first ski trip. There are a few things you should know about your first time on skis in order to be prepared for what lies ahead. We’ve compiled a top ten list to prep you for the phenomenal experience you are about to have (because with a name like Ski Daddy, how could we be biased?).

10. Being a beginner on skis can be a humbling experience. You will fall down. More than once. Just know that the ground is not that far away. And since you are a beginner you won’t be going that fast. You hope.

9. Getting up is far more humiliating than falling. Accept it for what it is – an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth.

8. Skis can pick up speed at an alarming rate.

7. That alarm will prevent you from picking up speed when you most need it, and you will end up poling across a flat area whilst a stream of curse words makes laps around your head.

6. Children who don’t reach your waist will whiz past you as if you are a tree. You will be surprised at how much you can dislike a child of six.

5. You will contemplate jumping off of the ski lift mid-air to avoid exiting the lift in front of the audience at the top.

4. At lunch on the first day you will begin to think skiing was a ridiculous mistake whose only redeeming feature is the stories you’ll tell when you get home.

3. At the end of the first day, you will think that maybe, just maybe, things are starting to click, but on the morning of the second day you will realize you were wrong.

2. By the end of the second day, you will start to feel optimistic again. The third day will confirm your optimism, and on the fourth day you will ski down a slope that made you cry just two days earlier.

1. On your way home, you’ll start planning your next ski trip. And your 2018 Olympic bid.

Have a great trip. If you need any help with the details, Ski Daddy can help you out. Just get in touch and we’ll take care of the rest.

Go Out and Play: Snow is Good for More Than Skiing

Last week in Breckenridge, Colorado, the winners of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Competition were chosen, and they serve as a great reminder that you can do a heck of a lot more with snow than ski on it! Click here to see a slideshow of the entries.

Photo Credit Rudi Riet

Now, if your plans for snow sculptures are a little less ambitious, we’ve got some ideas for you. Check out some of the great ideas we found on Pinterest:

Play in the snow

If you need a little help with your snowman design, check out these instructions from the journal Industrial Engineer. Yes, the instructions are patented.

This guy shares his snowman building instructions over at Instructables. This looks a little more like a snowman I would make.

It’s good for the soul to play in the snow. What do you like to do in the snow when you’ve finished up on the slopes for the day?

Ski Daddy in Sierra Leone

Ski Daddy in Sierra LeoneIf you know Mike, aka Ski Daddy, you know that he is passionate about a few things – his wife and daughter, his faith, his business, his friends and, of course, snowboards.

Mike is also passionate about a little town in West Africa – Waterloo, Sierra Leone, and it just so happens that that’s where Mike is right now. Mike and Leanne (aka Ski Mama) have developed a longstanding relationship and friendship with Tom and Becky Brockelman, former residents of McKinney, TX who now live in Sierra Leone working with orphans, street children and mentally handicapped children.

Recent data tell the story in Sierra Leone: more than 53% of the population there lives below the international poverty line of $1.25 per day. And in the little-known town of Waterloo alone, it is estimate that 1,000 children live on the streets.

Working full time in their community, the Brockelmans partner with churches back in the states to be the hands of feet of Jesus and provide for local needs in Sierra Leone through child sponsorship programs, teacher training, food distribution and construction projects. This is Mike’s third trip to work with the Brockelmans, with a fourth trip planned for June. When he is home Mike works to help get the needs of their ministry met from across the ocean.

Here are a few pictures of Ski Daddy in  Sierra Leone that I stole from Mike’s Facebook timeline. So, if you ever wondered what Ski Daddy does when he’s not planning your perfect group ski trip, now you know.  -Amy

If you’d like to get involved with the Brockelman’s ministry in Sierra Leone, please visit their website, A Life on Mission, for more information.

Tubing Colorado

Sometimes, after you’ve been taming the slopes for a couple of days on your Colorado group ski trip, you just want to let the mountain do all the work. That’s when it’s time to hit one of Colorado’s tubing hills and just enjoy the ride. Tubing Colorado hills has morphed from picking up an inflatable tube from the local convenience store and heading out to the nearest hill into something that looks more like an Olympic event.

Video courtesy of Vail Resorts.

Many of the tubing hills have tracks so multiple riders can head down at the same time without fear of collision. They have single and multi-person tubes so  that the whole family can ride together. And they have dips and dives and turns to make the ride rival a great roller coaster.

And once you are at the bottom? There is often an escalator for you  to ride on back to the top – no schlepping a giant tube up a slippery hill.

If you are one who feels that even riding that escalator is asking a bit much, there is typically a warming hut offering a cozy place to enjoy hot chocolate and a good book while your friends take the thrill ride.

Next time you are in Colorado, you might want to try one of these great tubing hills:

Coca Cola Tubing Hill – Winter Park

Copper Mountain Tubing Hill

Snow Tubing at Adventure Point – Keystone

Adventure Ridge Tubing – Vail

Haymaker Tubing Hill – Beaver Creek

Are you ready to book your next Colorado group ski trip? Ski Daddy can set you up with everything you need from equipment rentals to accommodations to lift tickets. Give us a call!