Adding skiing to our list of family adventure activities

// by: Curtis Mchale

This winter our family decided that it was time to pick up skiing. Well at least for 2 of us this year, then two more next year and in 2 years we’ll get our youngest (currently 7 months) on some planks.

For this year that meant that Eden and I were getting mostly ski stuff for Christmas and we would commit to the gas and time required to get out once a week for much of the season.

The aftermath of a ski day on the hair daddy forgot to put in a ponytail

The aftermath of a ski day on the hair daddy forgot to put in a ponytail

Why choose Manning

The truth is that out of Chilliwack there are a number of resorts you can get to and back in a not terribly long day. You have Hemlock out in the Fraser Valley or Seymour and Cypress if you want to head in to the city.

Years ago Cynthia and I snow boarded and we decided to have passes at Manning because the drive is just as long as it is to head in to the city resorts, but there is no traffic. Manning also has dry snow much of the time which is something that Hemlock can’t claim.

Out of Chilliwack, Manning Park Ski Resort, is a quick 90 minute drive on typical winter mountain roads. Some days it’s longer due to weather and some days it’s a bit faster, but you’re not getting fresh power on the hill.

The big kid excited for her first day skiing at Manning Park Ski Resort

The big kid excited for her first day skiing at Manning Park Ski Resort

Kinder Ski

This year Manning had introduced their Kinder Ski program, which meant I put Eden in a lesson for 4 weeks that was 3 hours long each day. During that time I could mostly just go ski on my own.

At first I figured that we’d get in a few runs after lunch after her 3 hour lesson, but much to my delight and surprise, Eden has skied till lift close every day and been upset that we couldn’t start hiking up and down the hills once the lifts stopped running.

Eden getting some practice turns in with the Kinder Ski program at Manning Park Ski Resort

Eden getting some practice turns in with the Kinder Ski program at Manning Park Ski Resort

With the extra attention of the ski instructors Eden has moved from the bunny hill to being capable on any of the green runs at Manning. She’s even just starting to head down the a few of the easier blue runs in a slow controlled manner because she’s a bit nervous.

Very happy to be riding the Orange Chair all the time at Manning Park Ski Resort

Very happy to be riding the Orange Chair all the time at Manning Park Ski Resort

For us skiing has opened up a bunch more in the winter activity department since our oldest hates snowshoeing with the fire of 1000 suns. Now she’s asking if we can hike up Mt Cheam early in the summer and put a few turns down just because they will be a bit of snow. The adventurous dad in me says, OF COURSE!

So watch for us this summer on Mt Cheam with a 3 year old, a 6 year old, a 1 Year old and 2 sets of skis in tow on Mt Cheam.