New to the forum.
My 6 year old daughter learned to ski this year. She took 2 1/2 day lessons in early-Feb (Alta), then 2 1/2 day lessons in early-March (Boreal), and pretty much "graduated" from the beginner lessons. We went this last weekend for two days (Bear Valley), so she could continue practicing.
We spent the first day almost exclusively on the green runs. We tried a blue run twice, but since it had just snowed a couple of inches and wasn't groomed, she had some difficulty with the run, and said she wanted to go back to the green runs we were doing earlier. On the second day, we did a few runs on the greens, and I told her I thought the blue run would have been groomed based on seeing the grooming done to the green runs we were on. So she went on the blue and loved it. Then she said "Mommy, why don't we go that way next time?'" So I check the map, and see that to get to the blue, we'd have to pass through a short black. She say "OK". So we go down it. Falls a bit, but pretty much hops back up.
So when I get down and turn around to take a video, I see that she's plowing straight down the hill. Doesn't know enough to complain, says she loves it, let's do that again!
But I know she can't keep that up over the course of a couple days ski trip (for the future), plus I'm sure it's not safe just to come barreling down (mostly in control, until she loses it toward the bottom once in a while).
I know this season is pretty much over, but what should I do for next season? And how do I get her to make turns? On the green runs, I was criss-crossing across the slope, and she did OK following me. I know she learned pizza wedge, and pizza-type turns (not sure what thats called), and can ski "french fries". I just think the blues and blacks get her going too fast too quickly, so she just plows it the whole way down.
Should I find her a resort with a lot of green runs so she can practice turns and not get bored (boredom is why she agreed to going down the blue run and suggested the other black/blue run), or have her keep working on blue runs to get comfortable with the speed enough that she'll consider making turns? Or put her in intermediate lesson (group or private) at the start of the new season (she doesn't take well to learning stuff from me; either that or I'm just impatient)?
Thanks, and sorry so wordy!
Mod note: moved from Beginner Zone to Family Skiing Oct 2015