Originally posted in 2012
Marmot Basin's beginning area chairlift makes learning even easier
There are few things cooler on a ski hill than watching a kid absolutely rip it up.
The School House Triple Chair makes a day learning on the slopes that much more fun for parents and their kids.
JASPER, ALTA. The day your child takes to the slopes is a source of pride for any parent.
But Jeremy Derksens latest trip to Marmot Basin was one of his proudest, as he was joined by not one of his children, but both of them: five-year-old son Aiden, and two-and-a-half year old daughter Sierra, who was conquering the mountain for the first time.
Being a part of his childrens efforts at learning to ski has transformed papa Derksens days on the slopes. My days used to be about skiing big lines and finding even bigger lines. Who knew you could still find amazing experiences hanging out on the bunny hill all day? Derksen said. Nothing is more rewarding than watching them embrace the sport.
Yet another reason to pick up the sport
With Marmots latest infrastructure improvements (the addition of the new Paradise chair, as well as the new School House chair), things couldnt be easier for any family or beginner to take to the slopes.
Marmot Basins continued commitment to quality has made the mountain an even greater place to learn to ski and ride. The destination showed how important this was by making yet another sizeable investment with the removal of the School House T-Bar. In exchange, they now have the School House Triple Chair that services Marmot Basins learning area.
When learning to ski, riding a t-bar can be one extra challenge, said Marmots GM Dave Gibson. This new lift provides a great opportunity for people to pick up the sport with one less barrier.
Out of the mouths of babes
Aiden Derksen wasn't taking his helmet off for anything. Not even a bite to eat. Being helmet-less just means you're one more step away from the slopes.
Over the past nine years Marmot has invested over $25 million into new lifts on the mountain to make it friendlier for all of us. Its become so accommodating that some of the newest skiers dont want to leave.
I cant drag Aidan off the hill, said Derksen. As pictured in this story, the kids a diehard already, to the point where he wont even take off his helmet for lunch because that would just take too much time. Marmots helping to feed this new fire with more than just lift improvements. I got a free birthday lift ticket yesterday. Nobody ever gets to go skiing for free, but I did, piped Aiden, thrilled to be a benefactor of Marmots birthday program where you ski free on your birthday (running all season).
And as I experienced it, skiing with father and son wasnt just a free ticket and lots of vertical, it also packed a life lesson in negotiation. Near the end of the day, Jeremy was informing his son that it was time to head home, when Aiden pleaded, But dad, just one more run OK, maybe two more runs.
Spoken with just the right tone and correct amount of energy, Aiden had us back in the queue for another ride up the School House. Who knew that in addition to learning how to ski with a little one, you can also pick up the art of negotiation!
Learn to ski or ride at Marmot Basin
If youre looking to learn or want to get your kids into the action, you couldnt pick a better place. Sign your kids up at the Kids Snow School and they'll learn from great instructors, and Kids camps are now available for booking.
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