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Proof that snowboarders are animals

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DaySailer - this one's for you

 

Check out the ski pass!  Mahna Mahna!

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Pretty good Rusty.  That possum was moving better than some of the 3-4 year olds I was assigned this season.  nonono2.gif 

 

Yes, I said 3-4 year olds.  No curriculum, no real goals other than to have them do heel sideslips all day. nonono2.gif  And direct from source at PSIA National HQ - "we really don't know what to teach them either".  They did serve pretty good kids lunches this season so I did get to eat - some.icon14.gif

 

The highlight of my season was after the resort closed.  I did shuttle driving with a pickup all day up and down Berthoud Pass.  I read a beer brewing book waiting for people to come down 7 Mile from the top of Berthoud.

 

A surprise shuttle showed up and it was used.

Skibikers rule!  At least they have more money and tip better.beercheer.gif

 

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My borrowed chariot

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I forgot.  I did get to skibike Telluride.  Made it into the terrain parks there.  Lotsa slack-jawed snowboarders and skiers.  One hater (a skier) yelled from the chairlift "those things should be banned from the mountain".    Ski Patrol and Lift Ops were all excited to see the big gang of skibikers.  They kept chasing us down and asking questions where to get one.  I pointed at Devin and said "him".

 

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That is a pretty impressive opossum, although I think that the ostrich that can ski is better, proving once and for all the superiority of skiing tongue.gif
I have always kind of wanted to try a ski bike, are they stable? It seems like you would just skid the bike around pretty much from what I have seen and that it would be difficult to deal with on a lift, but I'm sure that it would be awesome to try something new to slide on snow with.
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Day,

 

I've taught a couple of 3 YO riders. They are great at surfing, but ankle control over edging is hopeless. Pitching and catching on short pitches is plenty if you have a group and a helper. I've also used what I call "power assist" to allow exploration of the mountain when I have them one on one. Power Assist is riding side by side with hands on control, primarily at the hips (but I have dozens of variations that I use), using only as much as power/control as necessary to keep the rider upright, under speed control, turning, etc.

 

I'm surprised at the national office. They should know better. Burton has a mini rider program that teaches resorts how to teach 3-6 YO riders.

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Duke,

 

DaySailer has posted several threads in this forum that ski bike video. That should answer your questions. 

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Alpine Meadows' SB team is going to have a couple of young girl riders next season. Ages in the 5-6 range. Including a little shredder with the last name Jones. I hear her dad is a pretty good rider.

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Day,

 

I've taught a couple of 3 YO riders. They are great at surfing, but ankle control over edging is hopeless. Pitching and catching on short pitches is plenty if you have a group and a helper. I've also used what I call "power assist" to allow exploration of the mountain when I have them one on one. Power Assist is riding side by side with hands on control, primarily at the hips (but I have dozens of variations that I use), using only as much as power/control as necessary to keep the rider upright, under speed control, turning, etc.

 

I'm surprised at the national office. They should know better. Burton has a mini rider program that teaches resorts how to teach 3-6 YO riders.

 

Just me running up and down the bunny hills all day with a bunch of 3-4 yo's and holding their hands.  No help or assistant.  It would be really nice if the parents would tape a $20 bill to the kids coat as incentive.  I did have one parent tip me a $20.  His daughter was awesome on day one.  Most parents are deadbeat tippers.  The kids are crying (literally) that they don't want the lesson to stop - and no tip.  I really just don't want to teach kids anymore.  Twice as much work and the parents don't tip.  If one wanders off - you may get fired.  Many experienced snowboard instructors didn't come back this past season due to this issue.  More are not coming back next season too.  Kids instructors need to paid 2X as adult instructors.

 

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Including a little shredder with the last name Jones. I hear her dad is a pretty good rider.

 

He's a really nice down to earth guy too.icon14.gif

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roflmao.gif  That's kinda like the guy who tried to pet the coyote last year.   "Is this your dog?"

 

And these silly folks watching a mountain lion in a tree yesterday.  It was baring its fangs at them and they didn't get the message that humans are part of the food chain out here.  http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31139989/detail.html

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the opossum video was funny, but I'm more interested in the ski bikes, how is it riding one? i've seen a couple on the mountains but never had a chance to really talk to anyone about it

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search for ski bike and you will find threads like this one:

http://www.epicski.com/t/99099/new-peg-ski-bike-video-by-brandon-schmit

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