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post #31 of 38

When I was a kid....wow..I actually said it...we didn't have any race programs, we nearly had a ski program and that didn't start until I was in 6th grade and we lived in the hub of well over a dozen mountains. The options todays kids have for organized skiing is amazing in freestyle, big mountain, park and the topic here, racing. Being at Start Haus I see the amount of families coming in getting their kids into race programs and I think it is super, we are going to see a lot of great skiers free skiing on the hill that have fundamentals from a race background that will carry through their skiing years. As far as when to start them? it is up to them, make it fun and let it be at their pace and not to make it work for them verses just the enjoyment. 

post #32 of 38
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Do some mountains have program for six year olds?  I realize this may be just cones and focus on the very basics (line, turning early, downhill ski, up-down, etc) but would like to get my kid going this year to really learn the basics.  Particularly interested in camps at Whitefish Mtn Resort.
FVSEF has Christmas camps every year, not sure of the age limit. There is the Tommy Moe program, which is a bit more casual than the race program. PM me more about what you are looking for.
http://www.fvsef.org/p/programs-registration.html
post #33 of 38
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Do some mountains have program for six year olds?  I realize this may be just cones and focus on the very basics (line, turning early, downhill ski, up-down, etc) but would like to get my kid going this year to really learn the basics.  Particularly interested in camps at Whitefish Mtn Resort.

 

Team Summit in CO seems to have a great program for kids starting at 6, or 5 with prior approval:

http://teamsummit.org/alpine-intro-to-race/

 

Our kiddos are still a few years off, but that's the direction we are headed.  I love the fact that a) 80+% of the time is initially free skiing, and b) for years and years I've seen the rat packs of those little kids ripping around the mountain having a blast.  Maybe there is a similar program at Whitefish?

 

I'd love to hear any personal experience with that or similar programs... don't want our kiddos to grow up to be hack skiers like me :)

post #34 of 38
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Team Summit in CO seems to have a great program for kids starting at 6, or 5 with prior approval:

http://teamsummit.org/alpine-intro-to-race/

 

Our kiddos are still a few years off, but that's the direction we are headed.  I love the fact that a) 80+% of the time is initially free skiing, and b) for years and years I've seen the rat packs of those little kids ripping around the mountain having a blast.  Maybe there is a similar program at Whitefish?

 

I'd love to hear any personal experience with that or similar programs... don't want our kiddos to grow up to be hack skiers like me :)


tball the time freeskiing is more important to me as a parent then running gates. My daughter was using her edges to turn last year at 5 and ski school instructor said she should do race program next year as the normal kids program is something she is beyond. Talked to race coach he said lets see her ski and she was asked to join mid season. Other kids parents were trying to push there kids in not good enough though and they would run gates on nastar race days using a wedge entire time. I always thought to myself what a waste of time kid isnt improving and parents missing out on good time with there 5 year old skiing. I liked what the coach said free skiing is most important. If parents did not get on me I would free ski more but parents want times. He told me just take the kid and have fun with her. People lose sight of the key have fun with your kid.

post #35 of 38
I think six is too young to start myself. Especially boys are hard to get to pay attention and justify the expense. It's like herding cats. That coach really needs a good tip by the end of the season.
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I think six is too young to start myself. Especially boys are hard to get to pay attention and justify the expense. It's like herding cats. That coach really needs a good tip by the end of the season.


Sib race program starts at 7 with the coach i am talking about. If your child has the ability and focus he will work with younger. Just to clarify things a bit.

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I think six is too young to start myself. Especially boys are hard to get to pay attention and justify the expense. It's like herding cats. That coach really needs a good tip by the end of the season.


Sib race program starts at 7 with the coach i am talking about. If your child has the ability and focus he will work with younger. Just to clarify things a bit.

Our race program starts at 6.  But...speaking from hearing tales, boys that age are largely not good listeners.  Every kid is different of course, but there are a ton of kids put in racing programs too early due to parents' wishful thinking.  Some parents won't listen to hints that their kid is not ready and some race programs need to pay their coaches.  

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Our race program starts at 6.  But...speaking from hearing tales, boys that age are largely not good listeners.  Every kid is different of course, but there are a ton of kids put in racing programs too early due to parents' wishful thinking.  Some parents won't listen to hints that their kid is not ready and some race programs need to pay their coaches.  


Sib I am with you. I think it needs to be a parental decision. I put my daughter in young to learn to ski at a higher level than ski school would teach and she was ready for it. My daughter was in for last two weeks of a 6 week 1 day per week program and was at the same level as kids that had been in all season. Parents want to think there kid wedges a tougher hill and is out of control that means they are fast skiers when its not true. The coach told me have fun and you will know she gets it when she skis the steep hill slowly. Bottom line is parents need to know there kid and whats best for them and not have rose colored glasses and olympic dreams at 5 years old.

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