We got back from our ski trip/family reunion on new years eve. It was a great trip, getting to ski and snowboard and hang out with my wife's parents, brothers, and their families. It was a long drive to get from MA to MI (via Cleveland to pick up Grandma) but it was worth it! We go to a really nice small ski hill called Boyne Highlands towards the top of the mitten. My DW's parents have a couple condos and we filled them up with 25 people (2 grandparents, 4 siblings with spouses, and 15 grandkids from 11 yrs to 8 mos)!
The only bummer was a norovirus that seemed to get passed around, which knocked people out of commission for a day or two. My family had it on the layover in Cleveland, then one of the other families brought it with them. Ugh! It was miserable, but thankfully it was short lived.
Here is a photo of the whole family, from l to r is Henry (8 mos), Elizabeth (2), Paul (4), Heidi (6), Jill (I won't tell you her age in case she reads this!) and me.
Here is one of me and the three skiers:
Here is Jill taking Elizabeth down the hill with the ski harness:
Here are Heidi and Paul about to tear it up on Boyne's steepest hill, South Tournament:
Paul riding up on the chair lift with one of his ski school buddies. He looks so small!
A close up of Heidi on the chairlift:
Paul, Jill and Elizabeth going up the chair lift:
Heidi racing on the Nastar course (she and her brother both finished with silver medals. Their mom, a former collegiate racer, finished with a gold!):
And finally, a picture of Paulie and me heading onto the lift:
It was a lot of fun, especially watching them progress throughout the 12 days we were there! By the end of our trip, Heidi was doing parallel turns and hockey stops, Paul was no longer doing the snow plow the whole way down the hill, and Elizabeth was able to ski on the bunny slope and with the harness (not quite able to stop but starting to be able to turn, again it is amazing how fast they can learn!)
We are planning on going to our local ski hill, Berkshire East in Charlemont, MA tomorrow. See you on the slopes!