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How do I know when my child is ready for a more difficult chair?

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My daughter (thank goodness) progressed very well during her multiweek ski lessons, and I took her skiing up at Crystal Mountain for the first time on Sunday. We skied 10 laps on the beginner chair (Discovery). I'm wondering how I can ascertain when her skiing ability is good enough to try a more difficult chair? Discovery is very easy skiing.

 

I recognize that there is a maturity element to standing in lift lines and handling herself on the chairlift, and that we should enjoy her time on the beginner lift where people are patient and expect to be around beginners.

 

But the father in me wants to see her progress to more challenging lifts!

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How well does she ski the current chair?

Is she parallel the entire way down? If she is backseat and using the pizza to ski don't bother get her technique right and using edges on the easiest terrain and then push her to next level of steepness.


Is there a chair that is only a moderate increase in steepness and isn't very busy? I ask since I ski at a small hill we have two easier runs that are busy on weekends. I wouldn't put daughter on it first time when there are beginners lying in snow all over on busy day. Monday morning when empty why not see how it goes. Building confidence is key so a few extra days on easy stuff isn't bad and is actually helping. Confidence is key and kids can look great one day and just not be same next day. Start off every day on easiest terrain and then decide on if she is ready. Also let her decide. She will tell you if she is ready for more speed or a tougher challenge.

Good luck I have a 4 year old daughter I am teaching this year as well. I'm fortunate in some ways that I have a 400 vertical hill as when I push her it isn't for a long run and won't ruin her confidence.
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Also let her decide. She will tell you if she is ready for more speed or a tougher challenge.

 

Unless your child is very aggressive, I would go by this.  I also would look at it more from a run difficulty point of view.  Make sure she is aware of what is available and let her feel in control.  Hard to say without knowing the terrain though.  Generally, if you're on green runs people will expect beginners.  Many places the same goes for blues.

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