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The Brave Ski Mom - Why are FIS World Cups so awesome for families

The FIS World Cupseason is a long one. With races scheduled from October through to the middle of April, the tours visit over 20 countries countries with nearly 100 competitions.

In this two part series weíre going to look at four reasons why families should attend a World Cup. Then in part two we will check some the awesome deals and activities during the events at Killington (VT), Lake Louise (AB) and Beaver Creek (CO). Without further ado, here are four reasons why families should attend a FIS World Cup:

1. Itís Free!: FIS World Cups are one of the few premier sporting events where families donít have to shell out big bucks for tickets.

Some resorts, like Killington, offer premium tickets that come with perks like special seating, parking and catered meals. But for most families just showing up, scoring a place in the stands and absorbing the action is a perk unto itself.

2. Itís Inspiring: Watching competitions on TV is fun and exciting, but watching these races in person offers a greater appreciation for the athletes. Being at a race gives new perspective on the steepness of the runs, size of jumps, the difficulty of the courses and the sheer speed some athletes will reach.

While youíll need lift tickets for most events, we think itís worth it, especially if you have kids who are junior competitors who aspire to one day be professionals.

3. Itís International: During the World Cup Championships at Beaver Creek in 2015, our family rode a chairlift with an Austrian Olympic gold medalist. He was friendly and happy to chat with our sons. We were in awe, both of his accomplishments and the shocking size of his downhill skis. Only at World Cup races will you find this kind of personal access to the athletes.

At the end of the day we ran into the Austrians again. This time, it was the Austrian fans who had taken over a slope side restaurant, imported a band and were teaching everyone else, from toddlers to grandparents, how to aprŤs-ski.

With clanging cowbells, flags, banners and a multiplicity of languages, the world comes to World Cup ski racing, even in North America.

4. Itís Kid-Friendly: At an FIS World Cup, no one is going to tell your children to be quiet, sit down or get out of the way. In fact, organisers go out of their way to make the events fun for children.

Organisers emphasize having fun, sharing the thrill of competitive skiing and snowboarding and growing a new generation of enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders.

Happenings for children vary by resort, but can include autograph and photo sessions just for kids, special activities and snacks in Kid Zones, and even discounts on lift tickets and lessons.

If you can attend a World Cup this season, we promise that you and your family will enjoy it. Itís worth the effort ó and maybe even a day off from school.

Stay tuned for part 2.

Hailing from Colorado (USA) Kristen Lummis, or as she is better known, the Brave Ski Mom, is an avid skier and true family mum in every sense of the word. www.thebraveskimom.com