Creative Wanderlust Prompt: Ski Week

Creative Wanderlust Prompt: Ski Week by Betsy Beier

The long days of winter can be exhausting for many in cold climates. I wonder if that is why schools across America embraced the notion of “Ski Week.” It’s not officially called this, it’s usually referred to as winter break, but out here in California, many call it ski week as people love to adventure to Lake Tahoe or other ski areas and celebrate the snow.

Me, the Avid Skier at 4 and 1/2 Just Trying to Keep up With My Older Brother and Sisters!

I was fortunate to grow up going to Lake Tahoe often as a child. My grandparents had a condo at Lake Tahoe and this is where we spent many, many winter weekends and vacations. My dad loved to ski – even his dad was an avid skier. So we would pack into our 70s station wagon (no 4WD or snow tires mind you!) after his work on Friday nights and venture up to Tahoe for a weekend of skiing. Heading to the local, small ski resort, Ski Incline (now Diamond Peak) was a great way to keep 4 active kids busy and give my mom got a break! Back then, getting a ski pass was quite a reasonable deal. I got my first first pass at the age of 4 1/2 (picture above!)

My Dad Helping Me Off the Lifts at Ski Incline, age 4 1/2

Whether you ski or not, let’s celebrate the sport and imagery that comes to mind when you think of skiing, snowboarding, ski resorts. Feel free to replace skiing with any winter sport you love – skating, hockey, snowboarding, curling, etc!

Daily Creative Wanderlust Prompts: Ski Week

Monday – Draw a series of ski lift tickets to real or imaginary resorts.

Tuesday –Try the technique of photographing from up high looking down. Take a photograph from a ski lift looking a the skiers below. (If you are not at a ski resort, try the technique with another subject.)

Wednesday – Paint a ski mountain full of people skiing or snowboarding.

Thursday – Write some unique and creative names or phrases for different ski runs or chairlifts.  

Friday – Create a winter ski resort or ski lodge themed collage.

Saturday/SundayAdventure – Pretend you are warming up at a ski lodge. Brew some hot cocoa, put on a scarf, and watch a live feed from a ski resort you would like to visit!

Examples of Some Creative Wanderlust Prompts: Ski Week

Come follow along to a 15 minute art lesson using the painting prompt above and learn how to watercolor a winter ski resort scene!

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