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I've got 4 1/2 year old twin boys that I am looking to start getting into skiing this year. We are in the northern Chicago suburbs so Wilmot and Alpine Valley are the closest. Any advice for best place to do lessons? Any advantage to taking them up further north to Devil's Head or Cascade to get them started? 

 

Biggest issue for me is getting them to enjoy it and be excited about it so Daddy gets to do family ski trips out west in future years :) 

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I've got 4 1/2 year old twin boys that I am looking to start getting into skiing this year. We are in the northern Chicago suburbs so Wilmot and Alpine Valley are the closest. Any advice for best place to do lessons? Any advantage to taking them up further north to Devil's Head or Cascade to get them started? 

 

Biggest issue for me is getting them to enjoy it and be excited about it so Daddy gets to do family ski trips out west in future years :) 

Not sure exactly where you're at in Chicago but the Four Lakes ski hill, rather a bump, located in Lisle has an excellent Ski bumpers program.  They taught my daughter how to ski several years ago.  They have a four week program if I remember correctly on Sunday mornings, or afternoon. 

 

One advantage of going to Cascade is kids 12 and under ski for free.  I also see the kids in the program at Cascade but I don't have any first hand knowledge of the kids program.  I do know they have great instructors!

 

The only issue with Lisle is they only have toe ropes.

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thanks for the suggestion. I'm up in Gurnee, so I hadn't thought about Four Lakes as its a bit further than going to Wilmot, but I'm looking at their website now and it looks like a nice program. 

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Hi!

 

I think your number one criteria should be a great kids program that gives them consistent instruction week after week till they have very good basic skills.  Kids this age can learn very quickly with good instruction tailored to them.

 

Close to home is good, vertical will not matter at this point.  Cascade is big and busy - your call, but would not be my choice.

 

Once they love skiing, can make good turns, stop and know the skiers code you can branch out and try some new places with more challenging terrain.

 

Lots of options to the north.

 

I grew up in Lake Villa and graduated high school in Grayslake.  Live in Appleton,WI now and ski at Nordic Mountain every weekend, about an hour north of Cascade.

 

Good luck, skiing with my teenage kids is one of the highlights of parenting.

 

Marty

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