Pay attention to the slope ratings and don’t hit slopes that are beyond what you’ve skied before—at least not without a guide or a parent. The other thing to remember is that slope ratings can differ considerably from one locale to another. A double-black diamond in the Midwest may not be nearly as gnarly as a double-black diamond in the Rockies. Adults should go over the runs with kids.
If your kids start skiing young or work hard to hone their skills, you could soon be conquering difficult hills with your children in skiing havens like Utah. Check out Ski Utah’s story of Jay and his son Toby Burke. The pair have been skiing together since Toby was just over 18 months old and have since created a strong bond over a shared love for this exhilarating sport.