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  1. #26
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    Start: 3.5 years

    Resist? Not until age 8; see below

    Technique: put her in 1/2 day lessons to start and skied with her after

    Full day at 5

    Refused lessons after age 8

    Been having her follow me down hill since

    Anything different?

    Yeah, would have insisted more lessons but it's OK

    Also, get them out in pow

    Overall:
    just make sure comfortable and stuff fits.

    Spend a lot of time before ski season starts figuring it out.

    Teach them how to pack and how to get ready

    Hold them accountable for getting ready and keeping track of their stuff

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    [QUOTE=54-46;5143250
    Hold them accountable for getting ready and keeping track of their stuff[/QUOTE]
    This was day 1 of last year. I instilled in him that he is responsible for his stuff.
    He kept losing his gloves last year which was annoying. But that's about it.

  3. #28
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    Started our Granddaughter at 2.5, took right to it. Mom and dad had both raced in college so she was used to seeing skis in the house, hearing ski talk etc. Had her in a backpack when she was - 1 year old. Living in WI we made sure she was outside in the snow when we shoveled, took her sledding and did what we could for her to become accustomed to cold weather. At the end of her first day she could slide down the bunny hill, probably 200 yards, hands on knees, very steady. With my two boys and granddaughter I skied along side with a pole against their chest with their hands over the pole and on knees. It is tougher on us bending over but it has them in the perfect position. I also like being able to release the pole to let them ski on their own without them knowing they are skiing on their own. IMO strap set up's or hula hoop pull the kids into a back seat position.

    All kids are different, she had fun right from the start, other kids you just have to wait. Her dad we waited an extra year to start him, he still does not have a lot of patience. Four years ago my wife and I retired and starting spending the winters in SLC skiing over 100 days at Alta. Allison makes three trips a year to ski with us and at seven she has skied everything at Alta other than Mt Baldy. Last winter she did High Boy, Eagle's Next and a Westward Ho bus run. The most satisfaction I have ever had skiing was going into Eagle's Nest with her the first time. She took a look through the trees, scoped it out, looked at me and said "no problem Bop Bop" and proceeded to rip it up. Stick with them, learn their limits, what buttons to push and you will be rewarded many times over. Here she is on her 7th birthday after hiking into Catherine's at Alta the day after a storm.Name:  Allisonpictoftheday.jpg
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  4. #29
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    What????

    Just tie a rope on that four yr old, and point him down the hill! Times a wastin'!!

  5. #30
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    Formula for kid 1 was as follows: 2 yrs - put on gear, get pushed around on flat surface for 10 mins, drink hot chocolate. 3 yrs - numerous magic carpet rides with Dad, several times in season. 4 yrs - own gear, lessons, etc. by the end of that season, should be shredding blues, turning in Christie or parallel, doing rollers etc. giddy up.

    Kid #2 turned 2 in Aug. getting him pumped to follow in sisterís footsteps.
    No gnar was harmed in the writing of this post...

  6. #31
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    I learned at age 8, by 9 my parents had me signed up for the local ski team. After abt 2 yrs of daily after school practice, I was as good as my peers that had started back in their 3s.. now I'm teaching my daughter. Last year, at age 2.5, we hit some small slopes a few times but she didn't really take... Ive been feeding her YouTube ski videos for the last 6mo... and I sudpect this year she's going to get a real kick out of the resort.

  7. #32
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    Skittles are key to success.
    Bobby knows how to get a kid to succeed on skis.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

  8. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captn-See-Had View Post
    I learned at age 8, by 9 my parents had me signed up for the local ski team. After abt 2 yrs of daily after school practice, I was as good as my peers that had started back in their 3s.. now I'm teaching my daughter. Last year, at age 2.5, we hit some small slopes a few times but she didn't really take... Ive been feeding her YouTube ski videos for the last 6mo... and I sudpect this year she's going to get a real kick out of the resort.
    IMO what you are doing is perfect. Kids need to be excited about whatever activity they are engaged in. You tube videos, show them some of the funny clips on Jerry of the Day, talk skiing etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detrusor View Post
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    Impressive. That's not your typical 4-year old skier.

    IMHO, the main reason (if not only reason) to start a kid before 5 or 6 is because the parents want to ski, so you trade-off time in the lodge watching a little one and when they're old enough for ski school, you drop them in there. Our 3 kids each started when they were 2 or so and entered "lessons" (glorified day care, without the glorification) at 3.

    Today, they are 7, 7, and 9 and all are sufficiently competent skiers which benefits the mrs. and me. And they're old enough that if one doesn't want to ski, they get to sip hot chocolate solo in the lodge.

  10. #35
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    Quote Originally Posted by dschane View Post
    And they're old enough that if one doesn't want to ski, they get to sip hot chocolate solo in the lodge.
    You are doing it wrong. The best moment was when my two did laps off the moonbeam quad and their mom and I drank beer and watched an NFL playoff game.

  11. #36
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    From a flat lander, love this thread, Granddaughter is 6 now and thinking its time to start bringing her on the ski trips.

  12. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncskier View Post
    You are doing it wrong. The best moment was when my two did laps off the moonbeam quad and their mom and I drank beer and watched an NFL playoff game.
    ha, good point. Though, our city-owned ski area doesn't have a TV. It did, however, obtain the rights to sell beer and wine starting this season!

  13. #38
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chugachjed View Post
    Bobby knows how to get a kid to succeed on skis.
    thanks, I must say, you did a pretty nice job getting your girls skiing at a mediocre place to teach the kids.
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  14. #39
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    My advice--don't try to teach them yourself. Put them in ski school. Ski with them if you want at the level they are handling in school--ie let them pick the runs. Do not under any circumstances take them down stuff you think they're ready for that they're not. Do not tie a rope on them--if they can't handle it safely without a rope they're not ready. Hold off on snowboarding until approaching teens--younger kids do't have the strength required. (Probably others can advise you better on this). When you ski with your small kids don't ski right behind them to protect them. You are much harder to pass safely--people will pass you and then turn into the kid. A kid skiing right down the center of a run by themselves is much safer--even the biggest douches on the hill will give little kids a wide berth.

    One more thing--on the really nasty storm days when Squaw claims to have 4 lifts running but they're all Magic Carpets--let the kids stay home.

  15. #40
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    Great thread with some great ideas. My little guy just turned 2 and I hope to have him on skis in a couple months. This season my goal is to get him out on a few days here and there, get him used to getting geared up and outside and a few runs on magic carpet. He's a big kid with good balance so I'm optimistic.

  16. #41
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    It should be obvious but the requirement for putting your kids in ski school is mastery of toilet training. When my kid was teaching the 4-5's at Sugar Bowl (the youngest they taught) he had a private with twin girls who both peed their pants. He told them that when he snowboarded his pants got wet all the time and he just kept going. They said fine, we'll keep going. What else was he going to do?

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    Started at 2, now 4 and ripping around the mountain. Lots of dryland time the summer before, with boots and skis on, helmet and goggles too. Once on snow, the only thing new was sliding downhill. Hula hoop also was key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    My advice. Hold off on snowboarding.
    this is about the only thing on your list that is a firm no.
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    LVS said the same, they aren't quite strong enough at a young age. If I remember correctly, which means I totally heard the opposite. Eh.... but yea I'd like him to ski. either way, if he wants to be in the snow I don't give a shit how he does it.
    I draw the line at snowlerblades though....
    Quote Originally Posted by flowing alpy View Post
    this is about the only thing on your list that is a firm no.

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    Kids skiing ages?

    My guys started ay 3 and 5. They both think they are JP from All I Can. They love LCD Soundsystem. Only the 7 year old is turning. Both of them will get a bunch of days this season.
    A woman reported to police at 6:30 p.m. that she was being "smart-mouthed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Fiedler View Post
    LVS said the same, they aren't quite strong enough at a young age. If I remember correctly, which means I totally heard the opposite. Eh.... but yea I'd like him to ski. either way, if he wants to be in the snow I don't give a shit how he does it.
    I draw the line at snowlerblades though....
    The old school of thought for snowboarding was that you want to hold off until around age 7 because looking over your shoulder isn't as intuitive and the learning curve can involve a lot of heavy beatering onto your face when you catch your toe-side edge, which is common for jong snowboarders.

    New equipment has challenged that conventional wisdom somewhat. Burton has pushed spoon-shaped beginner boards with rolled-up edges, resorts have set up some terrain-based teaching areas for noob snowboarders. People seem pretty positive about starting kids younger these days.

    Frankly, I buy that the equipment is helpful. And I believe in starting 'em young. But this push has coincided with a steep drop-off in the number of new snowboarders, and a decline in snowboarding in general. The willingness to get creative to get kids in the snowboarding pipeline younger is probably not a coincidence.

    Anyhow, I'm raising my kid to be a teleblading purist. Nothing but Super Loops mounted up to ski blades in this household.

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    SKI THE BABIES!

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    I spent 2 seasons teaching tykes. Several 3 y.o. & 4 y.o., & a lot of elem & middle schoolers.

    Rule No. 1: Every child is different. Even w/in siblings there are differences.

    Rule No. 2: Due to Rule No. 1, every child goes through a wobbly phase, head-heavy, poor balance, etc. when 3-4 y.o. and seemingly a mover when on solid ground, 2-footed.

    Rule No. 3: If you take a wobbler and try to teach him/her to ski in defiance of Rule No. 2, it will lead to child frustration and parent frustration both.

    Otherwise: of course try to make it fun, but every child has a different idea of fun.

    I don't have kids, but if I did, I don't think I'd take them skiing until age 6 or 7. Instead I'd have them play all kinds of sports to get their balance, coordination, footwork used to complex movements. Let them get used to themselves & movement in different athletic settings, I mean. And if I had to choose sports, to help skiing? Soccer, hockey, gymnastics. Take them ice skating, see how quickly they pick it up.

    I think people assume you have to start your kid on skis the moment they walk, or else the kid will never be the superstar skier you imagine him/her to become eventually.

    There's no hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creaky fossil View Post
    I spent 2 seasons teaching tykes. Several 3 y.o. & 4 y.o.,

    ....

    I don't have kids, but if I did, I don't think I'd take them skiing until age 6 or 7.
    Agree there is no hurry but there are some 6-7 year-olds out there crushing it...even at decidedly non-beginner friendly mountains (do you know any places like that?). I really think a big motivation for some people here, including me, is getting to the point where kids can ski reasonably fun terrain ASAP for the benefit of the parents more than anything. Whether this is a good idea, I don't know.

    Anyways, did you feel it was generally a waste to have the 3-4 year-olds in lessons? We have one turning 4 in December and are planning to at least get him standing around on skis. He is a total gumby compared to his brother who is half his age and is already sending it without any semblance of fear in every context he can think of.

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    Well my oldest son, who started at 8, thankfully wasn't wobbly or defiant. He was a little spooked on the lifts but I'm sure over time that will go away. Getting him to keep his tips straight was the hardest part when loading the chair.
    Sure sounds like Lessons are clutch and so is Candy.

    Signed my boy up for 6 weekends of 1/2 day lessons and they don't start till January, so Nov/Dec I'll have to ski the white ribbon alone.

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