A fifth-generation native of Western Colorado, Kristen Lummis has been skiing almost as long as she’s been walking. She grew up skiing at Powderhorn, Aspen/Snowmass and Telluride and still loves to make turns with her family at those resorts and many others. Kristen claims she’s never had a bad ski day and makes it a point to discover the hidden charms of every mountain she explores. The ski mom behind BraveSkiMom.com, a popular resource for skiing and outdoor families, Kristen can also be found at other publications including Women’s Adventure Magazine, Colorado Ski Country’s Club Colorado blog and MTN Town Magazine. She is a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @BraveSkiMom and on Facebook at braveskimom.
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How Is Snow Made? The Science Behind Snowmaking

When it started snowing last week at several Colorado ski resorts, there were few clouds in the sky and no natural precipitation in sight. The forecast was for sun.  But the weather was perfect — for snowmaking.  Making snow is… Read More →

Ideas for Free Summer Family Fun at Ski Resorts

Ah, summer! Long warm days and life at a slower pace; doesn’t it sound great? It does, until the days get hot and the kids get bored. Rather than getting grouchy or obsessively counting the days until school begin, get… Read More →

Downhill Mountain Biking for Everyone

The first time I saw a “dirt is the new snow” t-shirt, my family and I were checking in at Winter Park’s Trestle Bike Park to try downhill biking. Experienced mountain bikers, we thought we’d be coasting downhill all day,… Read More →

Natural Snow Not Required. Summer Skiing in North America

As I sit here typing, it’s snowing. I-70 was intermittently closed yesterday. Arapahoe Basin is reporting powder conditions on a 79” base and just days ago, the iconic Mammoth Mountain sign was buried in a late spring blizzard. If there… Read More →

Recapping the Family Ski Season, Setting Goals for Next Winter and Building Special Memories

We often joke that when we’re not skiing, our family is talking about skiing. We suspect we’re not the only ones. With the end of the North American ski season upon us, here are some ideas to keep your family… Read More →

Are Your Kids Ready to Ski Independently? Five Tips for Parents

When our oldest son was six, I lost him on a ski run. He skied into the trees. But he didn’t come out. Because I was the only adult skiing with two young children, ducking into the woods to find… Read More →

A Parent’s Guide to Skiing and Chairlift Etiquette

When it comes to skiing, safety and good manners go together like skis and bindings. You can’t really have one, without the other. But here’s the catch. Good manners and on-mountain safety often don’t come intuitively to anyone. Especially with… Read More →

Ski Better, Snowboard Better, Feel Better: Six Warm Up Moves to Up Your Game

Here’s a typical ski/snowboard day scenario. It’s a cold morning in winter. You wake up early, roll into your long johns, grab a coffee and load into the car. And then you drive. Arriving at the resort, you boot up…. Read More →

How to Save Money on Family Ski Trips

Warren Miller famously said that “the family that skis together, goes broke together.” Today, ways to prove Mr. Miller wrong and ensure that your family ski vacation doesn’t break the bank. Plan Ahead While it’s tempting to delay and see… Read More →

How to Know When it’s Time to Replace or Repair Kids’ Ski Gear

Fall is a terrific time to do a family ski gear inventory. Skis and Bindings Stand your child next to their skis. Ideally, the tip of the skis should reach between the chin and forehead. However, if your child is… Read More →