Deciding on the youngest age to teach a kid to ski depends on who you ask. If you ask most resorts, they say around 3 years old. If you ask the Larkins family of Tahoe City, they say ASAP. In this Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week, we hear from the littlest Larkins family member, who, at almost 16 months old, already has 4 days under her belt this season.
WHO: Makenna Larkins
WHAT: Skiing the corduroy
WHERE: Alpine Meadows
WHEN: 2010-11 ski season, and 2009-10 ski season
GEAR: A Patagonia fleece hat to add some padding to my helmet (I’m still growing into it), warm mittens, and the highest-performance skis on the market… I think mine are Black Diamond Megawatt Minis
Hey, I am Makenna and I am almost 16 months old. My good friend Lis from Tahoe Mountain Sports asked me to write a blog post about my skiing adventures. Being born and raised (so far) in Tahoe is pretty unbelievable. Last April my Dad took me up Sherwood at Alpine Meadows in a backpack. It was closed so he skinned up and then he skied down with me in tow.
My summer was great, but this winter thing has my parents hooked, so off to the slopes it was for me as of opening day at Alpine Meadows! When the snow fell this November I was already itching to get out myself. My first few days I just did laps with my Mom off of Meadow chair. Then this past Wednesday my Dad figured I was ready for Summit 6, that and the fact that it was the only chair turning had me headed up to the expert slopes! I loved it. I was laughing and giggling the whole way down. Here are some pics of me shredding, and my expert tips on the best way to learn to ski when you’re little:
Tip #1: Ride up the lift sandwiched between two strong, handsome men.
Tip #2: Position yourself between a pair of strong legs, then think about pizza and french fries.
Tip #3: Keep your eye on the prize.
Tip #4: Look extra cute when finished to get loads of attention and great family portraits you’ll cherish forever and ever.
I can’t wait for my next day out, hopefully this coming Friday. Keep an eye out for me on the hill! Makenna.
The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk (or hike, bike, ski, surf, climb, dive) in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.
I’m Tahoe Mountain Sports’ web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow’s good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe’s beaches in summer.