Garmisch-Partenkirchen Part 2: The Skiing

As I mentioned before I am not a skier. I did go up on the mountain a few times and the one time the sun decided to peak out it was beautiful. PH assures me that the skiing was amazing, and I’ll take his word for it.

PH and the kids skied in the Garmisch Classic area. We thought about going up to the Zugspitze, but honestly everyday was so foggy we wouldn’t have gotten to see much at all.

We enrolled the kids in five days of ski school. There were a lot of options but we ended up going with the green school – Ski-Gapa. I’m really glad we did. Unlike the other schools the class sizes were really small. Little J’s class only had two or three people in it the entire time. Em’s classes were the largest at six. Ryan paid for two group lessons and got private lessons.


Em started off the week at the beginner level and she made her father’s day by killing at skiing. In three days she had moved up four levels and went from skiing greens to skiing blacks. Her instructor was awesome. He knew exactly how to push her.  One day after lessons was over Em was skiing with PH and her professor was doing a private lessons. Em thought he wouldn’t say anything to her. Nope. He came and corrected her. All her hard work paid off though her instructor approached PH towards the end of the week and told her that she had real potential to ski competitively.  This didn’t make Em’s head swell up at all. DSC_0136


The twins liked skiing. They didn’t make as much progress as Em, but that’s cool, the important thing is that they liked it. Honestly, I think that by day four they were just exhausted. Our days started very early and then they would ski for about five hours.

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Little J is fearless. Even when he crashed headlong into the kinderland race post he still kept going. If he would just SNOWPLOW (PIZZA) he could have gone down some bigger hills, but he would only do it with his instructor or PH any other time he would parallel his skis and jet down the mountain squealing with glee.

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Little J’s instructor was a badass.  Here he is taking his two students up the mountain.

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Here is what I was dealing with on the couple days I went up the mountain. Oh the fog. This was the one day I thought I was going to get some good photos. From hazy, to clear, to can’t see a damn thing.


To finish it up some views from above the fog courtesy of PH.


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