Posts Tagged With: kids

Simple guide to buying ski stuff for kids

So we’ve learning a lot about what works when taking our kids camping and skiing and I thought I would share some of our favorite gear and other stuff to make things easier. Here’s who we’re buying gear for:

Family X-Mas 2014

First let’s start with skiing. The number 1 rule to is make sure the kids are comfortable. Here’s what that means:

1) Buy Smartwool socks for the kids and buy the right size. This is super important – if you buy the wrong size for their little feet, the sock bunches up, cuts off circulation, and causes their feet to get really cold–really fast. Try to get thinner socks as opposed to the think ones for the same reason.

2) Buy or rent the right size skies. Basically this means, just get them nose height from the floor. As your little ripper gets better, then get them some good carving skies and teach them how to carve. Casey, is probably our most proficient skier and because she is totally into skiing, we got her some pretty good ones. These are the Fischer GS Race skis for kids.



3) Get warm, waterproof ski pants and jacket. Don’t get something really poofy…Kids hate that because it inhibits free movement. Get a good helmet and googles that fit. We prefer mittens for the kids too – keeps them out longer. Again, make sure everything is waterproof. Don’t get poles for your kiddo’s until they are making parallel turns without wedging too much.

That’s about it for now! Also, here’s a picture of Erin post-holing in armpit high snow (just for fun).

Erin Post Holing

Here’s a picture of Casey at carving training.

Casey skiing carpet

Here’s a picture of me and Casey at Canyons.

Canyons marc and Casey

Here’s a picture of me following a nice storm at Canyons.

Super 7 PowMow

And, just for fun – some moose in our backyard! HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT YEAR!

Moose in the backyard



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Saying nice things to people

So I usually blog about kids, family, camping, hiking, and boating.  As you may have noticed, sometimes the posts are several weeks apart (or even longer).  It’s because my work requires me to travel quite a bit.  It’s nice to know that the time I’ve invested away from my family has made an impact upon other folks.  And, it’s even nicer when they take the time to tell you about it…

These are some of the notes I received yesterday from folks that I work with because I have decided to take on a position with a hot new technology business.

1) “Hi Marc,

I just heard the news. First let me say, congratulations! on your new opportunity. I am really happy for you.

Selfishly and for HireRight’s sake I am very sad to see you leave. For me, you have been the face of HireRight and you have set the tone for the entire organization for years. Personally, you have treated me so well over the years, that I often had to pinch myself to believe that landed in such a great place. It is a certainty that HireRight would not be where it is today, if it wasn’t for your leadership. You are definitely the man to take your new company to the next level.

Thanks for your commitment to excellence and truly being the best sales leader that I have ever been associated with. I have learned much from you.

Best of Luck, XXXX”

2) “Marc, oh my goodness where do I begin……

I am so, so very happy for you that you are able to move on and advance your career for yourself and your family.  That is really great!   I guess I never thought you would leave and it made me feel good to have you as our leader in Sales.

You have taught us all so much in our short time together and I could never thank you enough.  I still think back to the first time we met when we went on that call to Blue Cross of MN….IN THE WINTER!!! WOW!!   And I got to see the expert (you) in action.  It was a career defining moment for me and I’ll never forget it.  You continue to WOW me all the time in your demeanor and your true professionalism.  Thanks for being that role model for me.

My heart is heavy as I think about HireRight without you…but it is so full of happiness for you and your family and your new adventures.

Please stay in touch.  I will miss you greatly.

Love ya, XXX ”

3) “Marc,

I wanted to let you know that it has been a privilege getting to know you over the past 2 years.  You are the heart and soul of this sales organization.  I know this must have been a tough decision.  I hope all goes as planned and that you are very blessed.  You are a wonderful person and such an amazing leader.  This is going to sound odd since you are younger than me, but you have always reminded me so much of my father.  That is a HUGE compliment to you!  He was my hero!

Many blessings and the best of luck to you!  XXX”

4) “Dear Marc,

I was very surprised to receive a phone call from XXX late last night with the news about your departure.   You will certainly be missed and I have learned quite a bit from you over the short time we have worked together.   You are truly a unique person with talents that most of us wish we had!  I have no doubt that you will be successful in all of your endeavors through life.  I hope that I can reach out to you in the future if I am ever in need of “work” advice or your expertise.  I really do wish you much success!

Best of Luck, XXX”

So in addition to trying to raise our kids with a love of the great outdoors, Erin and I are trying to teach them to be genuinely good, honest, hard-working people.

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