So this year I took my son Skiing, praying he would love it, and he DOES! He just turned 4 in January. My wife is very pregnant right now with our next son, so this has given me ample excuse to get out skiing with him February (we got started late).
So far we have been 4 times. In chronological order.
-Moutain Creek NJ. I got him a 2 hour private lesson. Was not super thrilled with what he seemed to get out of it but he had fun and I figured that's all I could hope for.
-Campgaw Mountain Mahwah NJ
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When I took him to Mountain Creek his instructor said they do not like "Edgie Wedgies" because they do not promote muscle memory but she said she did like the harness leash thing. I've read a few other websites and peoples preferences on these two items seem to differ VASTLY. So here is what my thoughts are on each and what I've been doing personally and please give me your thoughts and input.
My first goal is to make sure that my son is WARM, SAFE and that he is having FUN. If these 3 things are not happening he's never going to love the sport as much as his mother and I do. I've also been keeping my expectations very low and just hoping that he enjoys it and that I have someone to take with me on weekdays that is as amped about skiing as I am.
My use of the EDGIE WEDGIE is mainly so that while he's going down the mountain he can have better control. He's not gaining muscle memory some will say but to that my thought has been "It allows him, at this early point in time to have as much fun as possible". He doesn't have his ski's going all over the place and it helps him to stop a little better. I usually will try and take it off for a little while to asses his progress and if he starts to have troubles then I'll put it back on.
The LEASH/HARNESS combo is used for the handle in the back so I can pick him up easier when he does fall and to get him on and off the chair lift with better ease. The leashes I try to keep slack and have him control his own speed. I've heard people use the "walking the dog" metaphor and think it is the way they should be used. Do I use them the correct way all the time? No =(. My son, like many kids, is fearless. He wants to go fast and every time we go I think I am slowly getting him out of that habit.
He's getting better at stopping and turning. I really think that when my wife starts to go with us that he'll have someone to follow and turn harder to get to. I'm sure you guys have some pro tips maybe.\
Here is a quick video of him turning a little better and stopping a little better.
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Thanks for your time and sorry for the Potato quality on the videos. My x-mass gift next year will have to be a go-pro.