Monday, March 03, 2014

Snow Valley - A First for Us!

Southern California was just graced with a crazy, powerful storm. It rained here by the water and snowed inland. We live just a few miles from the beach and about 100 from ski resorts. Seems weird to think of it like that, but it's true and was a major factor in our decision to settle in San Diego.

So.....when the mountains predict snow, we embrace it!

Some photos from our recent trip:

Chains required.

We own most of our gear, but needed to rent some this round because Jack and Lainey are growing fast. 

Much less expensive to rent outside of the resort itself.

First time to Snow Valley! It's 8 miles down the mountain from Big Bear and Snow Summit, where we've gone several times.

Carter was first up.

Lainey had a slow start and we suspected she was sick for a while, but rallied quickly and had a great day.

Jack is an awesome skier. It comes naturally to him, like Blake.

Blake helped Lamby make ski goggles while waiting to see if she was going to be sick.

She felt better quickly!


It must have snowed 6 inches when we were on the mountain. Returned to the car to have a big project ahead....removing snow just so we could drive out!

This was a big trip for us. After teaching kids for nearly 10 years, we can finally ALL ski/ride well....get on and off lifts with ease.....and manage the mountain smoothly.

Gone are the days of my double stroller in the Rocky Mountains. 

I like life with big kids!

Super busy week ahead:

Baseball practice.

Opening Ceremonies.

Basketball play offs.

Fat Tuesday.

Ash Wednesday.

And, Pa is in town to enjoy it all with us!

Back soon with more!


Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Totally agree with how much easier it is to travel and enjoy when the kids are older! Looks fun family memories!

Jo said...

Oh yes life is so much easier with bigger kids! Looks like such a fun trip!

Jodee said...

Wow! What an amazing trip! I love life with big kids too!

Dee Stephens said...

Love it! I'm jealous. Can't wait until Shelby's 3rd birthday. That's when we've decided we're heading up to teach her how to ski!!!!!!!!!!!!! Already have snow bibs. Found 2 at area thrift stores while in the mountains this past weekend. $1 a piece!

Emmy said...

That looks like so much fun! I have seen that place on my way to big bear. Love that they all know how to ski- my husband who grew up in UTAH doesn't even know how to ski, only has once in his life!

Love the cone helmet :)

Jboo said...

Wow -- what fun! Sadly, there is no skiing in flat Nebraska! Big kids are fun and so much easier! :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

So fun! I can't wait for 'life with big kids'- it certainly looks appealing!

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

Looks like such a blast! My girl's loved the snow when we had crazy freak weather here in our part of Utah that normally doesn't get any snow! Hoping to try out skiing this year on a trip to Colorado. Wish me luck! I'll need it :)