empowering adventurous mamas


raising the next generation of big mountain skiers

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If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in
— Rachel Carson

Confessions of a ski instructor

I see you lovely Mamas out on the hill, with a passion for adventure and a love of skiing, that you are patiently trying to pass on to your children. Just like me, the goal being, to spend more time together and raise a happy ski family. Sometimes you’re smiling; sometimes you struggle. Your kids go from loving it, to hating it, to loving it again, all in one run.

What gives!?!

Don’t worry. They’re normal and the world needs more Mamas like you, so please don’t give up!

Instead, let me make it easier on you. A passion for skiing, a background in child development and a desire to raise my own ski family, has led me on a journey that includes 20 years of teaching children to ski.

Honestly, putting a child on ski’s has become second nature to me but, let’s be real…It’s not rocket science! Any adventurous Mama with a minimum of beginner skills, a basic understanding of her child(ren) and a little knowledge from a coach CAN raise her own little rippers


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