Learning to Ski with Olympian Barbara Ann Cochran
January 22, 2015
I’m very excited to be a guest contributor to Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas blog. My second post in the series is about learning patience and perseverance from Olympian Barbara Cochran at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond. I hope you’ll follow my adventure as I teach Phoebe to ski this winter!
It’s not every day an Olympic gold medalist skis with your preschooler. Unless you’re in the Ski Tots program at Cochran’s Ski Area.
I started the Ski Tots program in early January with my three-year-old daughter, Phoebe. The four-week program teaches parents how to teach their preschoolers to ski. How hard could it be teaching little ones on the slopes? Trust me, it’s not as easy as you might think.
During one particularly challenging day, Barbara Ann Cochran came to my rescue. Cochran, who won the gold in slalom in the 1972 Winter Games, is the director of the 30-year-old Ski Tots program. She’s a gifted instructor and knows exactly how to talk to kids. She taught me a thing or two about patience and the joy of skiing with little kids.