Just wanted to give a kudo to the instructor (and all those like him) who took my daughter out today. For any who doubt the value or efficacy of a good instructor....read on.
This will be my daughters 3rd season (turned 7 a month ago). Gets about 15-20 days on hill per year (might be a little more this year). Signed her up again for the local hill multiweek, but wasn't sure what level she should be (I was debating between 5 or 6 - local levels, doesn't change the point of the story). She had a half day of school today and I was off, so took her up and got her a private lesson, planned to ask the instructor what level she should be in for the multiweek. We (my daughter and I) took a couple of runs on the bunny hill while waiting for the instructor. It was her first time back on skis since last April, but I admit I had to fight to hide disappointment (5? 6? crap I'm not sure we shouldn't head back to the magic carpet). OK maybe it wasn't really that bad but she seemed to be nowhere in the same time zone as where she left off last year. Dropped her off with the instructor, told him about what she was doing last year, but that I was a little uncertain about what I had seen that morning.
Cut to 2.5 hours later (made plan to ski with them for the last half hour). She is not only back to where she left off, but a little better. Holding parallel on blues bordering on black, stable as a rock, comfortable.
You guys rock! No way I could have done that
EDIT: Hmmm...just re-read that and maybe I should clarify a bit before someone sics child protective services on me. I am pretty certain she didn't notice the disappointment (although kids are REALLY perceptive), and in any case I think I was more puzzled/frustrated than disappointed ("what the heck happened in the last 8 mo?"). If she had NEVER been interested or shown an aptitude for skiing I wouldn't care. I just really had no idea how to fix what I was seeing
Edited by Alveolus - 12/1/11 at 7:50pm