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Kids Ski Help [7yo, technique question]

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Hi,

 

My 7 year old can get down medium blues without wiping out but on steeper terrain he reverts to the snow plow which tires him out quickly.  Any advice on how to help him get to the next step (without bribing him with cinnamon buns and candy)?

 

On our last run yesterday he actually started linking turns which was nice to see.  Maybe he just needs more time?

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Hi,

 

My 7 year old can get down medium blues without wiping out but on steeper terrain he reverts to the snow plow which tires him out quickly.  Any advice on how to help him get to the next step (without bribing him with cinnamon buns and candy)?

 

On our last run yesterday he actually started linking turns which was nice to see.  Maybe he just needs more time?

Welcome to EpicSki!  How did your 7yo start skiing?  In particular, who taught the basics?  Also would be helpful to know where you were skiing.  A blue at one mountain can be quite different from another.  Ratings only indicate easiest, harder, hardest at a given ski area.

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Hi,

 

My 7 year old can get down medium blues without wiping out but on steeper terrain he reverts to the snow plow which tires him out quickly.  Any advice on how to help him get to the next step (without bribing him with cinnamon buns and candy)?

 

On our last run yesterday he actually started linking turns which was nice to see.  Maybe he just needs more time?

 

Welcome to Epicski.

I'm curious... surely he is linking turns on those blues, right?  He's not going straight down, I hope. 

Tell us more and you'll get advice aplenty.

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You have to remember he is 7 and not push it too much.  I have a 7 and 9 year old and the older one now actually skis parallel without prodding while the younger will eventually stop turning when she gets tired.  Skiing with kids at that age is more about what they want to do and less about what you want to ski.  Maybe your kid doesn't feel conferable on the blacks so they are reverting.  What my wife and I do is one of us will go ski something more challenging/rewarding while the other skis the run the kids want to ski then we meet back up at the lift.  

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Skiing in the northeast.  I've got around so I would say national average medium blue trail level of difficulty.  For 2 years he did the magic carpet then last year after a private lesson and skiing an afternoon with my friend who used to be an instructor he got the hang of it.  He is not just flying down the hill; he can turn and stop at will.  He took a lesson earlier this year and the instructor said he should not be skiing that way anymore but he did not come out of the lesson with much more interest in turning.

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Skiing in the northeast.  I've got around so I would say national average medium blue trail level of difficulty.  For 2 years he did the magic carpet then last year after a private lesson and skiing an afternoon with my friend who used to be an instructor he got the hang of it.  He is not just flying down the hill; he can turn and stop at will.  He took a lesson earlier this year and the instructor said he should not be skiing that way anymore but he did not come out of the lesson with much more interest in turning.

 

I gather that he likes feeling the wind in his ears, loves speed, and is fine with a straight run.

Sounds like the issue is to get him to want to turn, and to find turning FUN.  

 

Can he do a hockey stop?  That's fun, and it involves turning the skis dramatically.  See how much snow he can spray.

Can he ski backwards in a wedge?  If not, teach him to do that on low pitch terrain.

Have him get in a backwards wedge, slide straight downhill, flex one knee and see what happens.  

Flex alternating knees and he'll have linked turns going backwards.  He'll also do a few 180s by accident... FUN!  

So then you can work on intentional 180s, and eventually 360s.  

If there is a race course set up anywhere on the hill, get him in that.  

The idea is to make turning fun, so he'll develop the skill and use it. 

Until he is willing to turn on his own, make him follow you.  It's dangerous otherwise for him and those below him.

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Update - I took him into easy glades and he can definitely turn.  All it took was skiing with his 8 year old girlfriend  - go figure!

 

Thanks for the help.

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Update - I took him into easy glades and he can definitely turn.  All it took was skiing with his 8 year old girlfriend  - go figure!

 

Thanks for the help.

LOL.  Thanks for the update.

 

Skiing with a friend, even if they weren't as good as she was and could only do easy blues when she was solid on the black runs (tiny mountain), meant my daughter spent a lot more time on the slopes when she was a tween.

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