2. Forget yourself
As a parent, you have probably already worked out that there is little point trying to do what you want any more, it just ends in tears. This now extends into your snowboarding life.
Hot laps, deep powder and backcountry charging should be put inside the same box as hard drinking, spontaneous European mini-breaks and casual, meaningless but explosive sex. Your ambitions must be subjugated to allow room for your kids’ progression and enjoyment.
Initially that is going to mean visiting mellow resorts, sticking to the blues and greens and going pretty slowly most of the time. You will feel pain like never before when you watch a crew of buddies bombing under the chairlift in knee-deep powder a-hootin’ and a-hollerin’, whilst you are trying to de-mist your child’s goggles and preparing yourself for a 30 minute falling-leaf descent on the beginner slope.
Deal with it, and don’t sulk.