Originally Posted by hpdp
I'm taking my three kids to ski this weekend. I only skied once for about one hour. My 7 and 10 years old skied twice (kids lesson) in the last two years.
My 12 year old skied once when he was 10. He was in a group lesson with young adults, couldn't keep up, then gave up half way through the lesson. Because of this bad experience, he think he can't ski.
I really want my kids have the best chance to learn this time, and I'd like to learn and ski with them.
I'm thinking sending my 7 year old to kids program, thinking a private lesson for me, my 10 and 12 years old together. Is this the best way to learn fast? Or should they all go to kids program, I go to adult group lesson?
If we do the private lesson, is 2 hours enough, or should we do 4 hours?
(I'd like the coach take us to lift a couple of time to feel comfortable to do on our own)
Thanks for any input!
Welcome to EpicSki! What region are you skiing in? There is a lot of variation between regions, as well as between different ski areas. You'll get better advice if you provide a bit more info.
Regardless of what type of lesson you decide to do, tell the supervisor and/or instructor the history.
Not knowing anything about the personality of your kids or family dynamic, my gut reaction would be to put the two younger kids in ski school. Get a 2-hr private for your 12yo. And take a group lesson yourself during the private lesson. I tried to do a mother-daughter private lesson at a destination resort out west when my daughter was 10. We were at about the same ability level at the time, advanced intermediate. Even though she loved ski school in general, that experience was not a good one for her or for me.
Most full day ski school programs end early enough for families to ski together for an hour or two, depending on the stamina of the parent.
Never hurts to ask ski school for an instructor for a private lesson that has at least 5+ years experience. Of course, the most experienced instructors generally are booked well in advance on weekends.