We are a family of skiers. I was a fully certified instructor at Deer Valley for about 10 years. The kids spent every Saturday of the winter during that time cruising the runs at that huge resort. They are a little spoiled when it comes to their concept of what a mountain experience should be like.
So a couple of years ago we took them to the mountain that I grew up skiing at in southern Oregon so that they could see what a typical hometown mountain is like. It is very small and not very swanky, but they had just received a good storm that had left a wonderful layer of fresh snow to play in! I spent the day with my friends kids teaching them some skills and hanging out on some of the easier runs of the mountain just cruising my old ski turf. Tyler took off by himself and decided to see how quickly he could do all the runs. He was back within two hours (and that was riding those old two seater chairs too, LOL) and had seen it all. I asked him how it was, and he said it was fine, but where was the rest of the mountain in a teasing way. It really was a great way for him to experience something new, but also to appreciate the mountain that he had available to him and the opportunities that it provided to him. He even took a job as an Instructor Assistant the following season at Deer Valley.
I made this layout for the Method Playground challenge this week which was to use a mask. He loves it, and it really keeps a fun memory for him!