Monday, December 16, 2013

new snow and a skiing adventure

Happy Monday everyone! It's been snowing here for the last couple days and has barely stopped since it started. We are LOVING it! Friday, when it was just starting to snow, we went over to the Matanuska River Park for sledding and skiing.

For my fellow Alaskans who love to ski, the Matanuska River Park is a great place to take kids or to go and ski with dogs off leash. It's an RV park in the summer, but in the winter, they don't plow the roads and when the snow is deep enough they groom them for skiing. We just discovered it this winter, and have already made great use of it.

Anyway, Riggs has been loving his skiis, so we took him over to stretch our legs, throw the ball for the dog, and let Riggs practice his skiing. It was a blast! Steve also brought a sled and we had fun taking Riggs sledding down a hill for the first time! We actually bought a downhill ski helmet for Riggs at Costco last weekend, and we plan to use it for sledding in the future. Sledding accidents are really scary and can cause serious brain injury for kids (and adults too)!

skiing in the driveway while the truck warmed up:

 and at the Matanuska River Park trails:
 like his 'mittens'?
I put my wool socks over his little wool mittens
because I couldn't find his heavier mittens at the moment
why are mittens always missing?
(or is it just

video of our little skiier:

He has been doing so good at skiing by himself.
The first couple of times we went he wanted me to hold his hand,
now he wants to go by himself, and he says "Go, go go" as he skis along.

fun sledding with mama and daddy:

I know it's been blizzarding all around the country, what have you been doing to get out and enjoy it?


  1. Oh how I miss all of this. I sang a huge fan of skiing - the one time I went Nordic skiing, I quite shortly after because I couldn't get the hang out of it. And my eye lids were freezing shut. Steve and I always loved going for late night walks in the snow and walks through Kincaid Park. I miss that.

  2. Ps I can't get over how cute Riggs is. Kudos to you for starting him so young!

  3. Oh my goodness he is too adorable! I love that first photo of him. His face is priceless! ;)

  4. Oh my gosh, he is too cute! And I seriously got chilly just looking at these photos! Such gorgeous photos though, and he is sooo good at skiing!! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! We're one of the few places that isn't snowy, but we're in our sweaters and holding onto our warm drinks now that it's chilly 60-70 degree weather LOL.

  5. Don't you just love Kincaid Park? It's so magical :)

  6. Haha 60-70 would melt a lot of snow! lol

    I'm so glad he loves skiing so far, it's such a big part of my life!