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Jonny Moseley olympic, world cup and x-game medal winning skier.. father of two. What are your must-have items for the mountain when skiing with kids?

Number one priority is keeping everyone fueled up. Obviously a carb blast is easy with some chocolate in the pocket but I try to keep some nuts and seeds on hand as well for staying power. I also keep at least one extra pair of kid googles and goggle wipes with me for the inevitable wipeout yard sale. Wet goggles for even half of a run to the lodge can ruin a day.

Favorite way to have fun with the kids during the winter besides skiing?

My kids love the SnoVentures Activity Zone at Squaw Valley with the mini snowmobile track and the tubing hill with a magic carpet. However, they also love when we hit the Village. I give them a roll of quarters for the arcade near the cookie shop while I take my wife to lunch. Family win-win.

Which mountain do you consider home? Why did you pick it?

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is my home mountain. My dad picked it originally because he loved the terrain and the kids’ programs. My brothers and I all went through the ski school, Mighty Mite program, race and freestyle teams. Now, all of our kids are doing the same. There is an authentic ski culture at Squaw Alpine that I really enjoy and it checks all the boxes for my family too.

Tips for parents trying to teach kids to ski?

I highly recommend a ski instructor/class. Remember every step is a big deal. The actual skiing part may take a bit to master but getting used to the boots, being out in the cold, and walking on snow are all important steps that must be seen as actual steps.

Which skiing accomplishment are you most proud of?

The Olympic Gold Medal in 1998. I am also proud that I introduced my kids to skiing and they love it. I feared the worst!

Favorite apres ski activity?

Eating nachos and having a beer after skiing is our favorite thing do! I do love post skiing yoga as well at Wanderlust Yoga Studio at Squaw.

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