Well I think this morning marks the start back of a normal routine for a lot of us. As much as I hate to see the holidays come to an end, I am a creature of habit and am happy to get back into our normal routine. Before we get back to it this morning, here is a recap of our ski trip.
In middle school, my family began going on a ski trip to Boyne Mountain as a part of our Christmas present. One thing I love about my mom is that she would rather give us experiences than material items as gifts and this was always one of those experiences. We continued this tradition until my Junior year of college. This year my mom and Thom brought back the ski trip and it was awesome! Unfortunately my siblings were not able to make it, but we still had a fantastic time.
This was Claire’s very first time skiing and she did a fantastic job- we were all so impressed! There were a lot of little kids out there skiing, but very few two year olds. Her threshold was only about an hour at a time, but that okay. She went on the bunny hills and let us ski right behind her. She even let me back off and let go of her a couple of times. She did have a few spills and got right back up without any tears. On the last day she was upset when we had to turn in her boots and skis- I would say she really enjoyed it!
Josh and I took turns taking her out while the other one of us stayed in the room with Max. We both were able to enjoy some one-on-one time him which we do not always get.
Claire and Max got to have some quality Grammy & Papaw time in the afternoon when they stayed with them so Josh and I could hit the slopes together. We both love to ski and loved this time together.
Each day we enjoyed both breakfast and dinner all together. The resort has an awesome breakfast and then each evening we chose a different restaurant on the resort for dinner usually while watching college basketball.
On New Year’s Even my mom & Thom brought out the party favors at dinner and we celebrated before midnight. After dinner we went back to our suite to put the kids down and play games. At 9pm the resort put on a firework show which could be seen from our balcony. The 9pm show time was awesome because there was no way we were making it until midnight.
For the last several years Josh and I have gone skiing out west and have talked a lot about “at what age” would we bring the kids out west. After skiing at Boyne, we have decided it will probably be a few years before we take the kids out west. Boyne was perfect for young kids! It was so simple to take Claire out to ski and take turns skiing. When we go to Vail, it take us 45 minutes to ski back to our resort which would not be conducive to taking out young children or taking turns. At Boyne Mountain, it only took us maybe 2 minutes max to get from the door of our suite to the main lift chair. Where we stayed was a “ski in & out” right on the face of the mountain- perfect!
If you are looking for a family friendly place, I highly suggest Boyne: great runs, good restaurants, and we even had really good powder! Although we didn’t participate, there is even an indoor watermark and a tubing park if there is a day you don’t want to ski. We just love to ski that we didn’t want to waste any of our time doing anything else.
Overall it was a great trip! We are really looking forward to starting this tradition again and making many memories with our kids here. I love being able to share this place with Josh, Max & Claire as I have so many memories from my childhood.
We are also so thankful for my mom & Thom. I really appreciate the gift of an experience instead of materialistic gifts. It also makes me so happy that they take their health and fitness seriously so that they are able to do these types of activities with us and their grandkids.
We are so blessed! Until next time, Boyne Mountain!