We finally decided it was time to get the boys on skis for the first time! A lot of people in Colorado get their kids on skis as soon as they are potty-trained, but for our boys, we knew they weren’t going to enjoy it, until it was their idea. So as soon as they asked, we booked it! We decided to try Ski Cooper, since it’s about 1/2 the cost of some of the bigger resorts. And we are all about saving money if we aren’t sure the boys are going to like it!
Ski Cooper was pretty nice. It’s a little farther away than some of the other resorts, but like I said…MUCH CHEAPER. Our adult lift tickets were $45/each (compared to $95 at Breckenridge) and the boys’ ski school was $85, including equipment and lunch (compared to $207 at Breck!) The mountain is small, but so were the crowds. There were times when we were doing runs and we were the only people around. Pretty nice, especially for someone like me who needs LOTS of room to make a turn!
As for ski school, Ski Cooper really needs to work on streamlining their check-in procedure. We got there at 8:45 for our 10:00 lesson, and the boys were just finished getting their equipment at that time. I don’t know if they were short-staffed or just confused, but that process was a big mess! But at 10:00 (ok, really 10:15…they started late) the boys went off with their instructors for the day and Chris and I headed for the chairlift.
OK, confession time…I haven’t been on a snowboard for about four years (and that experience was less than stellar!) and it was about 15 years since I had been on skis. For whatever reason, I’ve decided that I’m switching to skis, because it somehow seemed like it would be easier than boarding. It wasn’t. As soon as we got on the lift, I started to panic that I had no idea what I was getting into. My first run was pretty sketchy. And SSSSSSSSS-LLLLLLLLLLL-OOOOOOOOOO-WWWWWWWW. I felt bad for Chris who hadn’t lost any of his boarding skills, and was constantly waiting for me. But once I got the swing of things, I was OK. Mediocre. Average. Chris, on the other hand was awesome, and ended up lapping me a few times on runs.
I could barely make it down the mountain on the last run. My legs were DONE. Luckily, it was time to pick up the boys from Panda Patrol anyway. We were able to watch the boys take their last run down the slope before joining us. Steven seemed to really enjoy it and was doing pretty awesome. Henry seemed grumpy that he couldn’t go on the chairlift. He was also pretty grumpy that he couldn’t go snowboarding, but Cooper only offers kid’s boarding lessons on weekends, and we were there on a Tuesday. They both said that they had a great time and Steven says he’s definitely going skiing again, while Henry is determined to try boarding next!
It was a really fun, beautiful day, and I’m glad we finally did it!