My 8 year old boy has skied 10-12 days a year here in the poconos since he was 3 or 4. He was doing all runs at Jack Frost and Blue Mountain through the Blacks/Double blacks, with no problem (wedging if it got icy and steep) and plenty of confidence. He nagged me to try snowboarding this year. A couple of weeks ago, he put in like 5 hours of lessons on the snowboard and was doing the greens and the easiest of blues, but slowly.
We have a ski trip with some relatives to VT for the first time this year, and since the relatives are all skiers, I figured I'd rather he ski that week so he can hang with everyone, since he was as good or better than his cousins on skis. So, since he hasn't put in a day of skiing yet, I want him to spend a day this weekend on the skis to brush up. I said he could snowboard the second day.
Will putting him on the skis for a quick lesson & whole day mess up his snowboard lesson/day Sunday? We might only get 1-3 days on any slope after this weekend before the VT trip.
I guess my question is - is it bad to switch back and forth at this stage for him? I don't want his skiing ability to go away, but if he can get to a similar level on the snowboard, I won't care what he eventually does in the next few years. We're talking carving/riding the snowboard, not any trick stuff.
I know he'd rather snowboard right now, but he's nowhere near his last year ski level.
Any advice would be great, thanks!