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  1. #1651
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    Ongoing Kid Stoke [2011 and on...]

    having a blast with my 2yo lately on some spring like weather, went from being lazy to skiing on her own with me controlling the speed once I gave up the carpet and took her up the bunny hill lift!






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  3. #1653
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    Woot!


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    I rip the groomed on tele gear

  4. #1654
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    My son has improved by leaps and bounds this year. Solid, confident turns down steep technical terrain, pointing it everywhere else, and really figuring out how to launch. Look at the tuck!


  5. #1655
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    Looking for toddler grom advice:

    Just finished first season with my 2 year-old (we're flatlanders) and we've been having a blast. Got out 5 times and kept it all about having fun. He's good to put his gear and skis on (toe, then heeeel), and is comfortable riding the magic carpet and chairlift. Kept him out of edgie wedgies cause I dont think his legs are quite strong enough to naturally hold that position yet. So we worked on sliding and stomping to move around when its flat/uphill and used "hands on knees" for going (barely) downhill. He's now obsessed with "going fast" and only wants to ski between my legs, which was his reward at the end of the day for doing all the rest of the stuff on his own.

    Where do I go from here for next season? I'm lost in the edgie-wedgie/harness debate. My instinct is to just let him learn to pizza on his own when he's ready, but might just be biased cause that's how I learned as a toddler.

  6. #1656
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAPERsauraus REX View Post
    Looking for toddler grom advice:

    Just finished first season with my 2 year-old (we're flatlanders) and we've been having a blast. Got out 5 times and kept it all about having fun. He's good to put his gear and skis on (toe, then heeeel), and is comfortable riding the magic carpet and chairlift. Kept him out of edgie wedgies cause I dont think his legs are quite strong enough to naturally hold that position yet. So we worked on sliding and stomping to move around when its flat/uphill and used "hands on knees" for going (barely) downhill. He's now obsessed with "going fast" and only wants to ski between my legs, which was his reward at the end of the day for doing all the rest of the stuff on his own.

    Where do I go from here for next season? I'm lost in the edgie-wedgie/harness debate. My instinct is to just let him learn to pizza on his own when he's ready, but might just be biased cause that's how I learned as a toddler.
    Don't force the kid into a wedge. Maybe he'll just never need it if you do things right.

    Similarly, don't go for the leash or the edgie wedgie unless you have some wildly compelling reason to do so.

    Yes, all this means you're going to spend another year or two on the magic carpet compared to forcing him out on blue groomers with a leash in a death wedge by age 3, but by the time he's 5 you may well have a kid who skis in a relatively clean open parallel and is ready to move on to real terrain, park laps, etc.

    To get him out from your legs and encourage him to stand and steer his own skis while hanging on to something, try a hula hoop.

  7. #1657
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    Hula hoop for the win.

    10 ft length of pvc w a connector from Home Depot. No more aching lower back


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  8. #1658
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirshredalot View Post
    To get him out from your legs and encourage him to stand and steer his own skis while hanging on to something, try a hula hoop.
    Thanks for the grom advice. It's snowing in Chicago, so might get another week in to try it out.

  9. #1659
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    I take way too many pics to add to this thread...easiest is to show a vid from Telluride over President's week. 9 year old has the most coverage and skiing well, the 6 year old is a charger, and the 21 month old has about 8 days on skis so far...well...make that 8 days at an hour at a time. I mean, he has NO IDEA what he's doing!


  10. #1660
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    ^^^they are looking good.

    This year has been a blast. So cool watching my 6 yr old progress. Took him on his first long traverse Sunday to ski Lightning to Shark Fin to Lower Pali Bowl. We found untracked cold snow at the Fin. It is a short but steep and narrow pitch. So cool watching him link turns down it. Once out into the open bowl we could not avoid the mank. He even enjoyed that and was able to link turns. Sunday was basically an inch or two on top of refrozen chunder. We found powder, chowder, chunder, mank, firm pack and more. I think he may be a better skier than his mom on days like that. Or at least does not complain about the snow variability.

    No action shots, but here we are having lunch atop a knoll at the base of Thunder Saddle. The best part was, after eating we had about 100 yards of low angle untracked to (kind of) turn in.

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  11. #1661
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    if you want to drive a truck...make it a big one!


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  12. #1662
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    ^^ keep them coming lb. the little man throwing down at solitude

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    nothing wrong with a power wedge imo
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    this one rocked it pretty hard in the day
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    Alpental Indigenous

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    Starting to look pretty good in the soft stuff.


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    My 8 year old is now officially a powder/tree fiend.




  16. #1666
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    It's been a fun season teaching the kiddo how to snowboard. She has incredible balance, I'm stoked!
    She still wants to go 0-60 down the bunny hill, slowing her down, or stopping her, led to a few tantrums.

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  17. #1667
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tortoise View Post
    My 8 year old is now officially a powder/tree fiend.
    Same here. Direct quote: "I hate groomers!"

  18. #1668
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    My 6 year old is not quite the powder tree fiend yet. We got six feet of fluff last week in Tahoe and we were out skiing KW. I brought him over near some cliffs tree zone to just show it to him. I was not planning on skiing it with him, but he looks at me and says he wants to go back to the groomer. I look at him and tell him we are no where near a groomer. He points back at the cut trail we came across and says, “it’s right there.” We headed black to Olympic, which while wide enough for a groomer, has not been groomed since Vail bought the place. He then proceeds to ski fall line through the chest deep (on him) cut pow and bumps. Killed it. Loving the “groomers”.

    It was fun skiing the two deepest days of the season with my kid. It was my only chance to ski, as his mom was out of town. Rather share the powder with him than pay ski school to baby sit him for the day.

  19. #1669
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    Thing #3 is in there somewhere.....
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

  20. #1670
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    Quote Originally Posted by GAPERsauraus REX View Post
    Looking for toddler grom advice:

    Just finished first season with my 2 year-old (we're flatlanders) and we've been having a blast. Got out 5 times and kept it all about having fun. He's good to put his gear and skis on (toe, then heeeel), and is comfortable riding the magic carpet and chairlift. Kept him out of edgie wedgies cause I dont think his legs are quite strong enough to naturally hold that position yet. So we worked on sliding and stomping to move around when its flat/uphill and used "hands on knees" for going (barely) downhill. He's now obsessed with "going fast" and only wants to ski between my legs, which was his reward at the end of the day for doing all the rest of the stuff on his own.

    Where do I go from here for next season? I'm lost in the edgie-wedgie/harness debate. My instinct is to just let him learn to pizza on his own when he's ready, but might just be biased cause that's how I learned as a toddler.
    caribiner attached to the back of each boot with a 10' length of climbing strap in between. That way you can control their speed, but he has to learn balance and proper body / hand positioning. Works better than harness or hula hoop imho (both have a tendency to make kids lean back away from fall line)
    "What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough."

    -Eugene Delacroix

  21. #1671
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    in life she is not sideways

    4th day out this year- had to drag her off the hill.
    Progressing nicely with using her edges.
    Who would have thought playing "follow the leader" would be so rewarding for a 48 yr old

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    "What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough."

    -Eugene Delacroix

  22. #1672
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    Very cool to see my buddy Joe and his 3 year old son Chace featured on the Alta Photo of the Day:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bgrve1vlcKj/

    I ski with them all the time and it's like hanging out with a rock star...Chace gets so many hoots and hollers everywhere he goes (including ripping a High Boy a few weeks back!).

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  23. #1673
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    We started our boys on a harness. Both are ripping now. They barely knew what a wedge was until we took them off the harness. We taught them hand signals for "slow down" or "go faster" because you can't hear a damn thing when you're both doing 20 mph. When they were small enough I skied close enough with a short leash grip that I could save them from crashing by just picking them up when I saw them catch an edge. Later I had them as long as the leashes could go so I had time to turn and not run them over when they wiped out. When they could out turn me and I had to stop dropping the leash to avoid dragging them down the hill as I went by, we got rid of the harness.

    My younger boy particularly has always had sweet ankle and foot steering style, carves like a demon.

    I can say the edgie wedgie things look like the worst idea possible.

  24. #1674
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirshredalot View Post
    The 2 year old was out with her mom all day and is linking a nice open parallel on the magic carpet runs and is doing all right off the High Meadow and First Time chairlifts.

    I may try to whiskey her off to the magic carpet for a few laps after school this week if she is up for it.
    Careful with the whiskey after school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cdubmpdx View Post
    Careful with the whiskey after school.

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    Damn you, autocorrect!

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