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Hi All,

 

Epic Newb here!  I have 7 yr old twins who we got on the slopes this year.  One a boy, one girl, both have picked it up and are able to make basic wedge turns, stop etc.

 

My daughter, however, is outpacing my son.  She has good natural form, listens intently to her instructor and applies it.  IT really shows... and my son is beginning to notice she is progressing over him.  (Especially when she figured out how to skate right by him to the lift!)  He is fiercely competitive, impatient and typically excels at sports, the frustration is beginning to set in. 

 

My goal with them this year is to just have them out on the slopes and have fun.  They attend a ski class once a week or so.  My concern is he is going to lose interest.  My plan of attack is to get him into a couple extra lessons, but I have some questions.  Would private one-n-one be worth it?  It can get pricey.  Or would some group instruction and extra "seat time" be a better route.  Sometimes I feel the encouragement from a group might be beneficial for him.

 

I realize they may never be on the same level and everyone learns at different rates.  Anyone have any tips for my situation?

 

Thanks!

 

post #2 of 9

mgerst,

 

Welcome to EpicSki.  Hope you like it here.

 

You are correct that people learn at different rates.  Sibling rivalry can make things interesting.  It might spur him on to improve.

 

You know your kid best.  Does he respond well in a one on one situation?  Does he need someone to help him focus on the task at hand?  If so a private lesson may be the thing.  Does he learn by watching others?  Does he respond well to a bit of competition?  If so the group lesson may be best for him.  Millage is something that everyone needs to get better.  So getting him on the slopes will help him improve.

 

Also consider the dynamics between the two kids.  Would it be better to have them in different lessons?

 

Wish I could help you more.  However, without knowing the kids and the dynamics of the situation it's a hard call.

post #3 of 9

First of all, welcome to EpicSki!

 

Ask that they be placed into different groups if at all possible.  That will diffuse the rivalry and improve your son's attitude.  I personally think that kids do better in group lessons than privates.  They have more fun when there are other kids around.

 

Good luck!

 

Mike

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Originally Posted by mgerst View Post

Hi All,

 

Epic Newb here!  I have 7 yr old twins who we got on the slopes this year.  One a boy, one girl, both have picked it up and are able to make basic wedge turns, stop etc.

 

My daughter, however, is outpacing my son.  She has good natural form, listens intently to her instructor and applies it.  IT really shows... and my son is beginning to notice she is progressing over him.  (Especially when she figured out how to skate right by him to the lift!)  He is fiercely competitive, impatient and typically excels at sports, the frustration is beginning to set in. 

 

My goal with them this year is to just have them out on the slopes and have fun.  They attend a ski class once a week or so.  My concern is he is going to lose interest.  My plan of attack is to get him into a couple extra lessons, but I have some questions.  Would private one-n-one be worth it?  It can get pricey.  Or would some group instruction and extra "seat time" be a better route.  Sometimes I feel the encouragement from a group might be beneficial for him.

 

I realize they may never be on the same level and everyone learns at different rates.  Anyone have any tips for my situation?

 

Thanks!

 


If you think he might not get it as fast as your daughter and he is on the verge of giving up let him try snowboarding. It will be something he can do and she can't ( that competitive thing, I know she probably could snowboard but try to keep her on skis so boarding is his thing) and maybe that will get him sliding so all of you can be on the slopes together.Separating them so they are in different lesson groups is also good especially if they can't see each other.

post #5 of 9

Pardon my jumping in....

 

Can he ride a Rip-Stik or skateboard?

 

Put him on a board.

 

The is the only two cents I have.

 

Cheers.....and it's always nice to have riders and sliders int he same family.

Not at ALL like having one Yankee fan and one BoSox fan. I mean really, where do

I sit on game day?

 

@

post #6 of 9

Being an identical twin myself, I would suggest putting them in different lessons.  I hated always being compared to my sister.  Twins may look alike but their learning styles may be entirely different.  When their in the same lesson together, their likely to be discouraged by the other twins success and may likely start feeling badly about it. 

 

I went to a private elementary and middle school that only had one class for each grade level.  Once we started attending high school and were able to be split up, we both started thriving academically and socially. There, we were treated as individuals and were no longer being compared to each other on a constant basis.  That's just my two cents though!

post #7 of 9

I feel your pain! We have 11yr old identical twin girls and this scenario plays out with ALL sorts of things....school studies, piano, soccer, gymnastics, and yes, skiing.

 

I would second the suggestion to split them into different groups if that is an option. A private lesson for your son might be good as well. He's a boy. He's competitive and it sounds like things normally come easy to him. He is probably loathing the fact that he is not killing this in front of the others. Growing up I always hated group lessons of any kind, so I understand that mindset.  Also, I don't know you're situation, but if you have a significant other who also skis, I would say split up when you're in non-lesson time...one goes with Mom....the other with Dad. Then switch it around for a bit, and then all ski together. If all this fails and he's given it at least given it a shot and still looks like he wants to quit... then try the board. Sometimes they just need to do their own thing and we have to let them.

Good Luck...I hope he does stick with it, either skiing or riding....there's nothing better than being on the mountain together.

post #8 of 9
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Thanks for all the suggestions! 

 

I never really considered a snowboard.  I've never been on one and I would not be much help to him starting out.  HOWEVER,  I could see him liking the fact that it would be "his" thing.  hmmmm....

 

We'll try splitting them up in group lessons.  I'll let you know how it goes!

 

Thanks again!

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