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Ski Day 2 at Grouse 

The kids like skiing.  We usually book 4 days of lessons at Grouse over the holidays because it leaves you done the holidays with a sense that you accomplished something.  This year I finally bought new skis and boots and joined the kids on the ski hill!  Skiing at Grouse over the holidays is a bit tricky.  The parking lot fills around 8:15 and the line up for the gondola can be easily 2 hours (up and down) at the wrong times.  Thankfully, kids lessons drop off at 7:45 (parking still available) and they take the first gondola up.  Us parents get to the top about an hour later.

Top Of The Mountain

On the plus side, a lot of people going up grouse aren't going to ski so the runs are surprisingly open.  The lift lineups we always under 10 minutes and on the blue chair were often almost non-existent.   I was really surprised.  I pick the kids up at 11am after their lessons and we managed to squeeze in 3 more runs before the kids got too tired to keep going.

Claira In GulleyClaira On Skiis


Nara and Claira are at different levels so finding something good for both is a bit of a trick.  We spent most of our time on "The Cut" because they were familar with the run and they are working on basics like solid turns and stops.
 
Nara Looking Over CloudsTogether Skiing HighMeeting At Fog Level
 
Skiing Down In Fog
There was a cloud layer about half way down the run so as we got further down we went into light fog.  The visibility was fine so no reasons to head higher up the mountain.  When the behaviour gets bad, we head to the top and take the gondola down - good day!


Skating at Kerisdale Arena

Sometimes it surprises me how durable kids are.  They spent two mornings skiing and in the afternoon we take them skating!  Our neighbors rented the Kerisdale Arena for a family function and kindly invited us to join them! 

Nara Skating Without JacketClaira Toothy SmileClaira And Charlotte

Ski Day 3 at Grouse

It had been about a decade since I was last on downhill skis so I didn't go into hard runs on my first day.  Second day, I focused on good form on the blue runs.  I bumped into Nara's class coming down the cat track from the peak so I bounced down the cut to see if I could also spot Claira.  The kids seemed to be enjoying classes.

Snow Making Working The Cut


Claira Borrowed Dads PolesNara Coming Down Slope

I picked the kids up again after their lesson and we poked around the cut some more.


Claira And Nara Ready To RideRidge Overlooking Vancouver

Kids Starting Paper Trail
Nara wanted to try something harder so we tried "Paper Trail", next to the cut.  The run isn't as well groomed, but we had the run to ourselves.  Nara wound up loosing a ski so we spent a bunch of time recovering it.

The kids were tired so we ended the day (returned the rentals) and headed to the bottom of the mountain to go to Dennys.  Great day!






Ridge Overlooking Vancouver
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Nara Looking Over Clouds
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Claira And Charlotte
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Nara Skating Without Jacket
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Kids Starting Paper Trail
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Meeting At Fog Level
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Claira And Nara Ready To Ride
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Snow Making Working The Cut
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Claira Toothy Smile
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Nara Coming Down Slope
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Top Of The Mountain
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Claira On Skiis
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Together Skiing High
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Claira In Gulley
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Skiing Down In Fog
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Claira Borrowed Dads Poles
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