Claire and Jacob got to go up to Mount Hood for their first time skiing. Jacob and Claire were really excited to give it a try.
Thanks to a Groupon, the ski rental and lift ticket were a good deal. Thanks to the same Groupon, it felt like the majority of Portland had the same idea to go skiing, so it took about 2 hours to get lift tickets and rental gear.
After getting onto the hill, we went over to a small side area where we practiced doing a snow plow and some turns before their lesson.
Both Jacob and Claire are pigeon toed, especially Claire. That means that the snowplow is much easier going backwards. Claire enjoyed giving that a try.
After their lesson, we had a turn going up the ski lift.
The ski area really was a perfect area to learn on. The slope isn't very steep and it is nice and wide. It is also a good length to get some practice without being too long.
By the end of the day, Jacob seemed to be getting more comfortable on his skis. He really doesn't do the snow plow at all (or turn), but he was getting some good confidence.
Claire was also having a lot of fun going down the hill. She wasn't turning much either (except when she would flip a 180 and ski backwards for a few dozen yards).
We left the hill with 2 happy kids!