Olympian Todd Lodwick's Tips on Skiing with Kids
By Christina Freeman
Todd Lodwick with his kids, Finn and Charley.
Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Todd Lodwick is the only American ever to compete in six Olympics. A Nordic Combined silver medalist and three-time world champion, Todd is also a father of two, so he knows a thing or two about keeping spirits high on the snow.
1. Don’t be the coach – Leave it to instructors to teach; just enjoy being out there with your kids.
2. Encourage the fun factor – A big tumble was only the fault of the snow snake that got in your way. It’s not, “What hurts?” It’s, “How big was that snake?”
3. Layer up – Little ones get hot as quickly as they feel cold.
4. Duct tape – Gloves or mitts never stay on little hands. Avoid frozen paws by taping gloves to jackets each day.
5. Hand warmers – Perfect for older kiddos, but keep them handy for little ones to use between runs too.
6. Snacks – Keep blood sugar up with healthy snacks. The Lodwicks’ personal favorites are Honey Stinger gummies.
7. Helmets – Be safe and be a good example. Helmets are a must for everyone.
8. Avoid Burnout – Take a day o and experience Steamboat’s many alternatives to skiing. For little people, you can’t beat building a snowman in one of the town’s many parks, then heading to Lyons for a hot fudge sundae.
9. Try something new – Get airborne jumping at Howelsen Hill or put on skates and test out the rink. A ski vacation doesn’t need to be all about alpine.
10. Stay positive – A good attitude is everything.