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Folks
This year will be my six year old's third season skiing. For the past two years, he has skied about 15 days per year. He really enjoys it and have an athletic disposition. What should I do for his next level of training as a skier? Should i sign him up to a racing team? Should i get him additional instruction for carving and more advanced skiing?

Your feedback will be very much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by aranaz View Post

Folks
This year will be my six year old's third season skiing. For the past two years, he has skied about 15 days per year. He really enjoys it and have an athletic disposition. What should I do for his next level of training as a skier? Should i sign him up to a racing team? Should i get him additional instruction for carving and more advanced skiing?

Your feedback will be very much appreciated.

Aranaz,

Welcome to epic. At 6, the best thing to do is something that will keep him loving to ski. I'm a coach for a seasonal program geared at kids like your son. It is a train to race type program. The focus is fun, safety and all mountain skiing. They get introduced to gates but the focus is to be able to ski everything to give them a strong foundation. Where I work it is a half day program on Saturday and Sunday. The kids in the regular race program is full day Saturday and Sunday. That might be a little much for 6 y/o.

Where will you be skiing?

Ken
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Aranaz,

Welcome to epic. At 6, the best thing to do is something that will keep him loving to ski. I'm a coach for a seasonal program geared at kids like your son. It is a train to race type program. The focus is fun, safety and all mountain skiing. They get introduced to gates but the focus is to be able to ski everything to give them a strong foundation. Where I work it is a half day program on Saturday and Sunday. The kids in the regular race program is full day Saturday and Sunday. That might be a little much for 6 y/o.

Where will you be skiing?

Ken

Dear Ken

Thank you very much for your feedback
We ski mostly ar mt sunapee in mh and killington. For day trips, we go to wachussett right outside boston

Regards
Ara
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Ara,

 

I believe all the ski areas in our area have seasonal programs.  I work at Crotched and they have a great program there.  If you're coming from Boston(ish) area it's about 1.5 hours (just under an hour from Nashua NH).  I'm sure Wachussetts has one but (I've never skied there) have been told it is a bit congested.  Crotched is a bit of a gem in that fashion as it is off the beaten path.  No lines and a high speed quad and great grooming.  It definitely has a strong race program and that is usually the only complaint we hear ("There are racers on every trail!").  That isn't actually true but they are all over the place.

 

I'm sure Sunapee has one and might be easier to get to as it will be mostly highway miles.

 

For a seasonal or even race program, you will have to figure in travel time as kids that young don't much care for getting up that early. 

 

Plenty of folks here can answer your questions.  You might want to go to the resort guide section and look at a couple places to determine what will work for you logistically and then see if you can get more info from that ambassador.  Without a doubt, I'm biased towards Crotched :D

 

The biggest challenge for a parent with a young skier is keeping it fun.  I've been walking that line with my daughter who is now a HS racer.  For her, the social aspect is the most important part and she doesn't really care that much about the race itself.  So what.  She's outside and doing something healthy all winter long.  Last season she logged about 5 days a week on skis.  Way better than 5 days being a "vidiot".

 

Have fun,

 

Ken

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Dear Ken

 

Thank you. I checked and Sunapee has such a program.  I have also heard good things about Crotched Mtn.  We'll definitely come by there this year.

 

Fully agree with you about making it fun for them - given the altrernative of being glued to a monitor:)

 

Thanks again,

 

Regards

Ara

post #6 of 9

I started my youngest in a train to race program (one day per weekend with a few races) at 5 and now we are starting our 4th year and have moved up to 3 days per week of training (Fri nights, sat and sun) and more races and she's begging for more.  

 

Do it you won't regret it .......but your wallet will:cool

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Thanks UGASkiDawg

The wallet will certainly feel it - but the end result will be worth it:)

 

regards

Ara

post #8 of 9

I'd strongly suggest going for the Sunapee program. It is modeled after the Okemo SnowStars program, which consistently ranks as one of the best kids programs in the East. Also, the Ski School Director at Sunapee is a former coworker of mine from Okemo. He is a great guy, and came up as a kids (4-6) instructor. Having the head honcho be somebody who has primarily been a kids instructor means that there is a great understanding all the way up the chain of what that kids program needs. Sometimes there can be a disconnect between the upper directors and the kids program, when the upper directors came up focused on adult group and private lessons.

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Dear freeski919

thank you very much for the info - we'll definitely check it out

 

regards

ara

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