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Kid better than me [advice needed for mom skiing Canyons]

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Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer. I'm definitely signing up for some lessons but am also looking for other advice.

I'm a solid blue skier in Utah. Not the best, but not the worst. I put my 4 year-old in local weekly lessons and now he is much much better than I am. We went through a terrain park today and I realized how much better! I don't want to hold him back or make it less fun for him. More importantly, he is only 4 and if I can't keep up with him it's a safety issue to take him out on my own. (My husband can keep up with him without issue but has to work a lot, so he isn't home to ski with us..)

Any ideas on what I can do? The kid, not surprisingly, gets better faster than I do. A big part of it is that he has no fear whatsoever and skiing is just intuitive for him.

I know ski schools have strict rules where they are the only ones to teach on the mountain. I don't really want a teacher or babysitter... I don't know, I just want another adult with us who can keep up with the kid and get him to wait for me where I can see him. I would happily pay a local babysitter to ski with us, but don't want any of us to get in trouble with the resort. I need friends who ski (& would find this fun...)!

Any ideas? My kid literally asks to ski every day & I can't get him off the mountain in under 6 hours...

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have this "problem". Feeling really old right now...
Edited by NeedAdvice - 2/3/15 at 2:31am
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I realize I might have put this in the wrong forum. Maybe I should have put it in General Skiing discussion instead?

Can a moderator help me move this please?

Mod note: moved to Family Skiing
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Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer. I'm definitely signing up for some lessons but am also looking for other advice.

I'm a solid blue skier in Utah. Not the best, but not the worst. I put my 4 year-old in local weekly lessons and now he is much much better than I am. We went through a terrain park today and I realized how much better! I don't want to hold him back or make it less fun for him. More importantly, he is only 4 and if I can't keep up with him it's a safety issue to take him out on my own. (My husband can keep up with him without issue but has to work a lot, so he isn't home to ski with us..)

Any ideas on what I can do? The kid, not surprisingly, gets better faster than I do. A big part of it is that he has no fear whatsoever and skiing is just intuitive for him.

I know ski schools have strict rules where they are the only ones to teach on the mountain. I don't really want a teacher or babysitter... I don't know, I just want another adult with us who can keep up with the kid and get him to wait for me where I can see him. I would happily pay a local babysitter to ski with us, but don't want any of us to get in trouble with the resort. I need friends who ski (& would find this fun...)!

Any ideas? My kid literally asks to ski every day & I can't get him off the mountain in under 6 hours...

Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled to have this "problem". Feeling really old right now...


When did you learn to ski (<2 years ago, <5 years ago)?  What ski area do you go to?  What trails are you comfortable skiing (without your kid)?

 

Do you have a chance to talk with other parents of the kids in the weekly program?  Perhaps you get set up playdates with one of them.

 

Playing follow the leader can be a fun game for a 4yo.  I did that with my daughter, as well as the kids of friends when they were learning.  At a young age, even though a kid can make turns they often don't want to.  So if the parent leads and makes turns, not only does it keep the kid from going to fast, it helps them practice turning as well as keeping their speed reasonable.

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Thanks for the reply.

When did you learn to ski (<2 years ago, <5 years ago)?  

Ha! I just realized I learned to ski 25+ years ago. Now I really feel old! :-). I took basically a 15 year break because I was busy in my career and not living near mountains. Am just this season getting back into it. My equipment is still 15 years old, but I am trying to figure out what I want before I buy. At least my boots are still comfortable. I think upgrading my equipment will also help.


What ski area do you go to?  What trails are you comfortable skiing (without your kid)?

I go to Canyons. Spend most my time on Kokopelli, Boomer, Eclipse, and Flume.
 
Do you have a chance to talk with other parents of the kids in the weekly program?  Perhaps you get set up playdates with one of them.
 
The parents I have met so far don't ski. I was really surprised. I keep trying though...

We are having a ton of fun as a family, so I really can't complain. I'm just aware that I need to step it up. Taking some lessons on my own and getting more mileage will go a long way I think. Also getting new equipment next season should help.
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I am thankful that the kid has great control and turns well and often to control speed. His instructor is taking him on moguls this week and said he is ready for it and has the control for it.

This gap gets bigger by the day. Scheduling lessons ASAP!
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Thanks for the reply.

When did you learn to ski (<2 years ago, <5 years ago)?  

Ha! I just realized I learned to ski 25+ years ago. Now I really feel old! :-). I took basically a 15 year break because I was busy in my career and not living near mountains. Am just this season getting back into it. My equipment is still 15 years old, but I am trying to figure out what I want before I buy. At least my boots are still comfortable. I think upgrading my equipment will also help.


What ski area do you go to?  What trails are you comfortable skiing (without your kid)?

I go to Canyons. Spend most my time on Kokopelli, Boomer, Eclipse, and Flume.
 
Do you have a chance to talk with other parents of the kids in the weekly program?  Perhaps you get set up playdates with one of them.
 
The parents I have met so far don't ski. I was really surprised. I keep trying though...

We are having a ton of fun as a family, so I really can't complain. I'm just aware that I need to step it up. Taking some lessons on my own and getting more mileage will go a long way I think. Also getting new equipment next season should help.


A bit of an aside . . . the time to buy equipment is late season.  Meaning soon after mid-March in ski country.  Even though there is plenty more ski days, the travelers thin out a lot.  So many ski shops are marking down this year's stuff.

 

Not old to me.  I learned to ski over 40 years ago as a teen.  Didn't ski after that until I happily found that my daughter loved to ski.  Started her in ski school at age 4.  But our home mountain is a small place in the Mid-Atlantic.  So she didn't start getting beyond my ability until the third or fourth spring break trip to Alta when she was about 11.  So I had time to get my act together to improve.  My husband doesn't ski so that also delayed her development since we didn't get out to the slopes that often.

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You are giving me hope Marznc! :-)
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