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Family ski vacation (with pictures)

Friday, January 04, 2013

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!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EASTENDCLAM 1/10/2013 5:39PM

    Beautiful family and it looks like it was so much fun. Grab those moments, they don't come around again (he said, with two great kids grown and gone (sniff)).

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VIXSTERLU 1/9/2013 3:01PM

    How wonderful that you are able to do that as a family :) I miss snowboarding, lol. Thanks for sharing.

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BIGPAWSUP 1/6/2013 9:18AM

    I miss skiing. You look like you all had a wonderful time. Congrats!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2013 7:46PM

    Cuties! I haven't gone skiing since the winter before last - miss it!!

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NATPLUMMER 1/5/2013 9:16AM

    Looks like a great time was had by all!!

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WILSONWR 1/5/2013 8:55AM

    Looks like you and your family had fun. Thanks for sharing!

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KRISZTA11 1/5/2013 6:35AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures!
I'm glad you had such a wonderful holiday together.

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TANYA602 1/4/2013 10:55PM

    What fun! (though what a bummer about the virus). I've never ski'd before, but this looks like a good time. The ski lift looks a bit daunting.....
I'm so glad everyone is safe and sound and had a great time!

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JEN-MN 1/4/2013 9:27PM

    Love the photos Paul! What a great adventure!

It still amazes me that we both have a 6yr old, 4yr old, and a baby under one, but you somehow also managed to fit a two year old in there!

So inspiring that you took all the kids on the slopes... So far this winter, I've managed to get my three out in the backyard to roll around in the snow, but that's about it. You've given me new ideas :)

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ROXYZMOM 1/4/2013 9:16PM

    That looks like so much fun! Brings back memories from when my boys were young.
Thanks for sharing!

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