1. Game-controller-free activities
Skiing and boarding are 100% game-controller-free activities. Hands down (no pun intended) the best way to get your kids off screens is to get them onto something else, like a pair of skis or a snowboard.
2. Skiing and boarding make cold weather actually cool.
This is Northern Minnesota where the winter temps hover between really cold and really, really cold. Having fun in spite of the temperature is one of the few things that can take the sting out of Mother Nature’s whip.
3. The family that plays together …
Yeah, yeah … it’s cliché. But when was the last time you spent a whole day playing with your kids? Not an hour, not even two hours, but a whole day? Even when your older kids are ditching you to take runs with friends, chances are you’re going to meet up for lunch (after all, you’re buying) where you’ll hear all about a new tree run or an epic jump.
4. Skiing and boarding bridges age gaps.
No matter if your family includes preschoolers, tweens and teens, you can all enjoy the same activity in the same location.
5. It’s great exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.
A person weighing 150 pounds can burn between 300 and 400 calories per hour skiing or snowboarding. Spend just a few hours carving the slopes and you can easily justify the creamy fettuccine Alfredo and chocolate lava cake served at The Sleeping Giant for dinner.