Hello EpicSki Forum,
So I am looking for thoughts, experience, and advice.
1st, I start with I can't ski anymore due to a car accident that left me with a broken neck, back, and sever concussion ...I can walk and move around decently after 3 years, but physician says no way he wants me to get on skies...so kind of a bummer, that I can't ski with my kids going forward, and now have to rely on others to do it.
I have a 6 year old, that has been in Private lessons for the last 2 years, up in Tahoe, back and forth between Squaw and NorthStar, first year 15 days on mountain, and this last year 32 days on mountain. I know, the cost is ridiculous...however, she needs someone to ski with, and I can't, so I wanted her to learn the right way from the beginning.
So we now have a couple options this coming year...
1. We can enroll her in Squaw's Mighty Mite Program, which is a well respected program, the mountain is awesome, and kids are for the most part really good skiers ages 5-8 years old, and the program seems to promote Fun, and a focus on general skiing fundamentals.
2. We can enroll in NorthStar's Free Ride Development Program, which is also a well respected program (47 days of training), the mountain is all right, the Park Terrain is awesome, and the kids are good skiers, maybe not as intense as Squaw kids, ages range from 7-18'ish years old. Free Ride Program seems to focus on Fun, free ride safety & fundamentals, as well as terrain park, half pipe, off piste, slope style, and race techniques.
My daughter did some Park Terrain Play-Training last year with Instructor, as well as tons of fundamentals, and some speed training. By end of season she walked away with a love for Big Powder Days (who wouldn't), but really enjoyed learning tricks in the Park and playing ski chase through the trees.
So as a developing skier, what are your experiences with young skiers...? Should they focus on one thing, or a varied introduction...? Does peer performance motivation help ( I think so) older kids pushing younger ones to ski harder, does the mountain terrain at such an early age benefit the skier more above anything else...? I mean Squaw is a more difficult mountain, so would that really make a huge difference in her early stage development...? I will supplement her training with additional coaching either way, so if we are at Squaw, on off days I will hire an Instructor for Park training, and if we choose NorthStar Free Ride, then on off days, I will hire Squaw Instructor for more challenging ski fundamentals...
So from your experience, what program or course of Instruction do you think sets the better base for a better all around skier.
Thanks, I know it is long winded, but I wanted to research opinions before deciding what is best course of action.