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post #31 of 37
I think he should give it a shot with the caveat of a private instructor, proper learning environment and clear expectations.
post #32 of 37
How about you two try cross-country skiing together next time he visits you? He probably doesn't care if it's alpine vs. xc as long as he gets to try skiing once.

Consider knee pads or sports armor pants?
post #33 of 37
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How about you two try cross-country skiing together next time he visits you? He probably doesn't care if it's alpine vs. xc as long as he gets to try skiing once.

Consider knee pads or sports armor pants?


Good idea!

 

@fosphenytoin : check out what White Grass in WV has to offer.

 

http://www.whitegrass.com

post #34 of 37
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The question is: have a chinese instructor vs. ski at a terrain primarily for beginners (e.g. Snowmass), which is more important?  I will defer the question to him.  

 

I have some reservation at WB, primarily because of the condition (can get icy in mid mtn and slushy in the lower part, and some parts of the green trials have fairly steep pitch).

 

 

I feel the question is a no brianer that the ski terrain is the most important. Having the proper conditions (snow) and just the right pitch for the lesson is critical to both safety and enjoyment. I speak from experience, as my local hill is awful to learn at if you are older than 13 years old. It goes from too flat to too steep with nothing in between.(13 and under don't mind falling) At the area I mentioned, Pat's Peak, there are 3 beginner slopes with different pitches that are used for the first day of skiing. It is so much safer as the student almost never gets in over their head which is the usual cause of a fall. 2 of 3 have Magic Carpets which work great for a beginner and the 3rd is a beginner chair where they learn to deal with getting on and off. My Chinese student had a great day of skiing at that area and I regret not taking him there more often. His english was great, so that was not an issue.

 

What is WB? out of curiosity.

 

You don't have to travel all the way to Snow Mass to find a good beginner area, just evaluate the local area's near you and make sure the snow conditions are good when you go.

 

I also assume you can translate for your father for the first lesson and then when he understands the instructions, leave and let him work it out without you watching him (unless he is comfortable with you watching). Initially the verbal instruction is important, but soon the communication can be more instruct by example.

 

Again, if falling over would potentially injure your Dad, then it is probably not worth the risk. Having said that, I feel that the decision is really HIS call and he would probably really like an invitation to join you on a ski adventure. Most people can decide for themselves what they are comfortable with once they see it and understand. I found the problems usually come when you take a beginner to the top of a hill and then everyone realizes they are in way over their head. Having him watch what happens in the beginner area before he signs up for a lesson would be very important.

 

My son and his friend wanted to learn how to snow board. My son's friend went to my local hill without a good beginner area with me and had a bad day. We all went to Pat's Peak another time and it was a great day, same snow conditions at both. Much better lessons at Pat's. 

 

Rainbow Jenny has some really good suggestions. I was thinking Xcountry might be a good thing to try first. I Xcountry ski in the woods and I take some serious wipeouts on down hills. Make sure it is very flat where you go. I am in my 50's, so falling is still not a big deal to me.

post #35 of 37
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Originally Posted by fosphenytoin View Post
 

The question is: have a chinese instructor vs. ski at a terrain primarily for beginners (e.g. Snowmass), which is more important?  I will defer the question to him.  

 

I have some reservation at WB, primarily because of the condition (can get icy in mid mtn and slushy in the lower part, and some parts of the green trials have fairly steep pitch).

 

 

I feel the question is a no brianer that the ski terrain is the most important. Having the proper conditions (snow) and just the right pitch for the lesson is critical to both safety and enjoyment. I speak from experience, as my local hill is awful to learn at if you are older than 13 years old. It goes from too flat to too steep with nothing in between.(13 and under don't mind falling) At the area I mentioned, Pat's Peak, there are 3 beginner slopes with different pitches that are used for the first day of skiing. It is so much safer as the student almost never gets in over their head which is the usual cause of a fall. 2 of 3 have Magic Carpets which work great for a beginner and the 3rd is a beginner chair where they learn to deal with getting on and off. My Chinese student had a great day of skiing at that area and I regret not taking him there more often. His english was great, so that was not an issue.

 

What is WB? out of curiosity.

 

[snip]

WB aka W-B aka Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia, western Canada.

 

Off-topic:  the EpicSki Gathering will be at W-B on March 5-11.  Intermediates and up welcome for a few days or the entire time.  For more info, there is a general discussion thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/146637/whistler-2017-gathering-general-info-questions-and-advice-thread

 

/end hijack

post #36 of 37
Thread Starter 

Hi all:  Thanks again for your suggestions.  I appreciated very much.  Status update: I just got off the phone w/ my father.  He said even though he's interested, with his age, he is afraid to get hurt, worry it will burden us (if injured).  He told me not to make any plans for him. He is not interested in x-country skiing either.  Oh well, I tried.  

 

@DanoT:  Thanks again for letting me know about ski limo.  I looked up this activity on Sun Peaks website.  If my nephew wants to return to WB for 2018 season, and if my father wants to join us, I can take my father to Sun Peaks for that...  

post #37 of 37

I did check with the Snowmass ski school and we have both Mandarin and Cantonese speaking instructors.

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