Was she still your girlfriend at the bottom if she was having to do kick-turns to get down?
Actually yes. She learned them very easily and was fine. Tough chick! I remember that trip well. We drove up from SoCal and got to Squaw around 4AM and crashed in the car in the parking lot for a few hours. Oh to be young and foolish again! So much better than being old and foolish as I am now.
Quick update. Kick turns were much easier to do after seeing these suggestions and video. I tried them a few times and am still a little awkward with them, but after practicing them a few more times again next year they should be ready for prime-time. Sitting back on the poles and really using them to steady myself helped a lot on the first couple that I did. Thanks for all of your help!