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post #31 of 35
As for me, I started at 29. I was really into rollerblading at the time and picked up the basics (direct to parallel) pretty easily. Then I spent a fair amount of time stuck at level six.

I have taken a fair amount of instruction. Then I became an instructor and really benefitted from clinics.

I ski with a crew of people who span skiing since they could walk to learned last year.

The irony is that most of the "skied since kids" people plateaued and the new folks who take a lot of lessons have better technical skills - once they get the miles and the confidence to go with the skills they will be the better skiers.

post #32 of 35
Originally Posted by oldtimer
You will be frustrated by 3,4& 5 year olds- they are KIDS, not ski buddies- that comes later-
AMEN!!! Hubby and I started our twin boys at 4. They are not naturally athletic, and skiing didn't come easily to them. We skiied backwards, with a child following, for YEARS! (we only get out 2 or 3 days a year). It didn't really click for them until they were 7. Up until that point, it was ALL about the children when we were on the slopes - where we skied, how often we stopped, how many turns we made. If we wanted to actually ski, we took turns going out alone for a couple of runs while the other parent stayed in the chalet with the kids - or not. We recognized that concentrating on the children for a few years was a worthwhile investment.

Now, 3 years later, we have our ski buddies! The boys can ski anything we want to ski, and do it reasonably well. They love the sport, and we look forward to skiing together for decades to come. Is that worth a few slow skiing years? Absolutely!!
post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by gnjantzie
Just to echo the concerns about young children being taken by parents on runs that are too much for them.
A few weeks ago we had a young female beginner killed at Norquay on a blue/black run when she ran into the trees.
I have no difficulty if a kid with good basic skills wants to explore and push themselves on a more difficult run, but I often wonder at some of the parents who seem to be getting ego gratification by proxy ("We've got Claude Jr. skiing double blacks and he's only four!")
In case anyone thinks that last line about Claude Jr. is an exaggeration to make a point:

I personally witnessed a father taking his two kids (8 and 10, maybe?) into Couloir Extreme on Blackcomb. A parent like that should have a custody hearing.

btw, when I mentioned putting our future 1-yr old on skis, I was thinking more "front yard" or "local park" than at Jackson Hole or Whistler! And only if she/he has fun, of course. I quit racing because of the head games and competitive nature of it - there's no way I'd push my children into anything.
post #34 of 35
We had a little slope in our back yard - maybe 3 feet. My older brother (13) would carry my little brother (3) up so he could ski down, on skis that my mom cut short for him - they were just long enough to mount the cable bindings!
post #35 of 35
Me started at 26, my kids at 2 yr. They are now 7 & 9. Just like others have stated had lots of times when we were on slope for 10-15 min then we just stop. Tired, whiny, bathroom breaks it didn't matter my, thought was not to push them and have them hate it, and this is from a type "A" as in A hole personality. But the big winner is myself because of the time investment I have made with them, lots of slow easy runs or like I said short times out on the slope ,it has all paid off because now I have my skiing buddies. I'm bored when I'm out by myself now, I want to ski with my kids. I have only one more skiing related goal for my kids and it is for them to do really well in school and get good jobs so they can take me to Jackson Hole! I wish I had started young because the ease with which young kids learn and try things is amazing, especially for the most part because of the very limited fear factor they have. I also teach skiing and for adults in general the biggest thing to learning is the fear of sliding, most people never really feel comfortable moving down the mountain, just look at how they ski mostly with the brakes on all the time, watch for heel pushing and snow spray. That tells it all.
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