Thomas Rhett’s daughter Willa Gray learns to ski, and it’s adorable Instagram/@laur_akins

She may be just 2 years old, but Willa Gray Akins is already proving herself to be fearless. The oldest daughter of country star Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins joined her family on a ski trip to Telluride, Colorado, over the weekend and turned out to be a natural as she tried the sport for the first time.

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In a video posted by mom Lauren in the Instagram gallery below (click right to view it), we see Thomas getting the little one’s feet just right, then giving her a bit of a pull before releasing her to ski on her own. While it may have been just for balance, we like to think that moment when little Willa throws her hands in the air is more of a victory celebration over her accomplishment. Either way, it’s precious!

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Til next time Telluride💙🌈❄️

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Willa wasn’t the only one enjoying the fun. Thomas and Lauren also appear to be having a blast with friends on a weekend when the weather at their Nashville home warmed up into the 70s.


That fun comes despite an experience Lauren describes in another post about hiking in waist-deep snow to retrieve her ski pole after “gracefully” dropping it off the chair lift.

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And that wasn’t the only bit of trouble Lauren got into on the slopes, as evidenced by this hilarious video of her plea for help …

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The Winter Olympics are only 4 years away 🇺🇸

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The couple paused on the mountain to record a special message thanking fans and country radio for making TRs current single, “Marry Me,” his 10th No. 1 hit. Watch their message below. “Grateful, grateful,” Thomas captioned the clip.

Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on country music (and loving every moment of it) for more than two decades.
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