We have had record snows this year and Scott has been dying to go skiing. Every week, amidst downpour rains and floods and snow storms, we told him that it is not fun to drive or ski in snow storms. We finally had a nice day that both Danny and I had off, so we got a babysitter for the baby and headed to Dodge Ridge. Dodge Ridge takes a little over 2 hours to get to and is like our little secret. While everyone heads to Tahoe, we head to Dodge Ridge. There was nobody on the mountain, the staff is so helpful and friendly and we had a great time!
I was in a shirt most of the day, which means it was hot because I am always cold. It is great being out in nature, hanging out with the kids on lifts and watching them ski down the mountain with smiles on their faces. Scott loves challenges and likes to go off with Danny and ski. Tyler gained so much confidence in his ability to do harder runs and had more fun instead of being hesitant. Blake flew down mountains, fearless and determined. Kira was scared the first couple of runs, always wanting to be by me or Danny and gained confidence as the day went on. These past two years she has become so much more cautious and scared. Not really sure what triggered it, but she did great nonetheless. We ventured to the back side of the mountain with the little kids and they did great.
It was nice to enjoy lunch, take off my boats and lay in the sun as the kids played in the snow mounds by the lodge. We had an open spot right next to our car, I put down a blanket and had a great, relaxing lunch. Life without a baby is something I am not that familiar with, but it was nice and peaceful.
We skied until the mountain closed and everyone had a great time!