Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ski Jumping... in July

We spent last weekend with some friends in a condo in Park City - a little stay-cation :) It was a great time, and one of the highlights was the aerials class that Ben took up at the Olympic Park. Watching your seven-year-old don skis and a wetsuit and fly off of a ramp into a pool is an experience not soon forgotten.

Here's Ben's description of the adventure:
I had trouble swimming with skis on.

I was jumping off of a jump into a pool that was pretty cold. I was doing it because it looked pretty fun. It looked easy from the start when everybody else was doing it 'cause they were professionals.

I didn't really ever get to the really big jumps. The only things that I did was mini trampoline, a rampless jump (by rampless I mean that it didn't go into the water) and a ramp jump. My favorite picture is the one where I did a belly flop trying to do a flip. Maybe sometime I'll do it again but hopefully the water won't be so cold and we won't need dry or wet suits. The reason that we didn't like the wetsuits was because that they were pretty hard to put on and get off.

The best part was the jump that had a ramp. The worst part was probably the rampless jumps; you had to climb up it so it was pretty hard to climb up but the medium part was the mini-tramp.

The end.

And here are a few more shots from the afternoon:

The pros show us how it's done (granted, they are probably a little older than seven)

Sasha watches her bro in style

Exiting the pool with skis was a challenge

I think he has perfected his on-ramp form

This year, summer camp. Next year, Olympic training?


Hewitts4Him said...

That looks so fun! You are the most fun of families!

sandyamstar said...

Wow!!!! That has to be the coolest thing I've seen Ben do!! That's quite the compliment since Ben does LOTS of cool stuff!

Smith Fam said...

That looks like a rockin' fun time! Except the getting out of the pool with skis on part...that looks like a total pain. Way to go, Ben!


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