January 02, 2014 03:00 PM

Courtesy Ty Murray

Ty Murray and Jewel‘s son Kase Townes didn’t get the memo about the Terrible Twos.

“He’s a smart, fun kid who goes with the flow. There isn’t one thing about it that feels terrible to me,” Murray tells PEOPLE of his 2½-year-old son, who loves books, (“We can read the same one 50 times,” Dad jokes), Toy Story (“Every day he tells me he’s Woody and I’m Buzz”), and pretty much anything else that comes his way.

“Whatever suits him. It’s awesome,” says Murray. “He likes being with his mom and dad and he doesn’t care what we’re doing.”

True to form, last week at the family’s home in Telluride, Colo., Kase took his first ski lesson while his parents looked on.

“He did great, he had a really good time, and by the end of the lesson he was skiing on his own,” says Murray. “Jewel’s on about her fourth ski lesson. Them little guys just take to it. It’s funny how much quicker they learn.”

Another first? Kase made his TV debut back in the fall when he appeared in a promo for the Professional Bull Riders‘ World Finals. (Catch his adorable cameo at :21 and 2:22 in the video below!)

“He had no clue he was doing it,” jokes Murray. “We just went outside and we had some horses. I don’t even think he’s seen it — I have to show it to him.”

Kase hasn’t seen much of his dad’s work, either. Murray was a nine-time world champion and co-founded the PBR, but he’s understandably not eager for his son to follow in his (dangerous) footsteps.

“The last thing in the world you want to think about is him getting on a bull,” Murray told PEOPLE in 2011.

Courtesy Ty Murray

Still, it sounds like Kase is getting the message about his dad.

“A friend of mine was showing him a Youtube video of me riding the other day … he thinks it’s funny because he knows I’m not wild about [Kase] being a bull rider,” says the famous cowboy. “So I turn my back and when I turn around, he’s showing him a video and Kase said, ‘Daddy flew up in the air!’ “

Now retired from riding, Murray provides color commentary on the PBR broadcasts, and is eagerly anticipating the new season, which kicks off Friday at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

“I just want people to see what a great sport it is,” he says, “and what tremendous athletes it takes to do it.”

The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series season opener airs on CBS Sports Network Saturday at 10 p.m. ET and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

— Rennie Dyball

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