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Big day for my 4 y/o

post #1 of 5
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Okay, the outcome could have been better, but it was still a big day. I took yesterday off to take my 4 y/o daughter skiing. It was disgustingly warm out, which made the snow (what little was left) really slow. By about 2:30 it had gotten to the point where my little 35 pounder couldn't even keep moving in a straight run on the beginner hill.

So she decided she wanted to try the next bigger hill. Daddy was happy! She did really well for the first 100 yards or so, but then I guess the fatigue of skiing for 4-5 hours in heavy snow took it's toll. She just came to a stop and stared crying . The top of this trail is about the steepest part of it, and she had been doing great, making beautiful turns. So I considered that a victory, and carried her down to where it flattens out at the bottom. By that point, she had calmed down, and skied the bottom, which is no steeper than the bunny hill, down to the lodge.

So, partial victory. She just needs to get to the point of being confident enough to ski it before she gets too tired to ski it. I hope it happens this season, but with the weather we've had here, we might not have much of a season left.
post #2 of 5
That sounds like fun!

I want to take my 4-year-old daughter up to Brighton for a lesson.

We went to Solitude Nordic Center, where the cross country skis frustrated her.

But Brighton's lift intrigued her & she wants to go on it.

If Brighton doesn't have pink or purple rental helmets, I'll have to look for one in the valley..........
post #3 of 5
Sounds like an overall success.

When my daughter was five, she just sat in the snow and played, she found a kid from her school and took off the skis .... there they sat ... snowman time!
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Originally Posted by Yuki
Sounds like an overall success.

When my daughter was five, she just sat in the snow and played, she found a kid from her school and took off the skis .... there they sat ... snowman time!
That's why I took my daughter to the base and just showed her the lift....I figured it would get her all intrigued so she would want to go up the hill and not just play at the base.

I always assumed that I would take my daughter to Brighton, because it's the cheapest area near me.

But does anyone know which Utah resort has the most patient and tolerant instructors? I assumed it would be Brighton due to the sheer number of kids that go up there.

If anyone knows of an instructor in Utah that is good with kids, we'll head up there.

Also, should we rent at a resort or is there a shop in the SL Valley or in Park City that is really good for kids' gear?
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Originally Posted by JohnH
So she decided she wanted to try the next bigger hill. Daddy was happy! ...
Hi John -

That's indeed a day to always remember.

We must be similar. I can remember the very same event for my daughter like it was yesterday (even tho it actually was ~9 years ago). The first time she skied Snowpark, she was 3.5 y.o.. The conditions were a bit different (about 8:30 PM, ~ 15 F, moderate wind, and every snowgun turned on), but the look of pride and wonder on her face when she got off the lift and looked back down the valley is something I'll never forget till the day I die.

It was good snow conditions, so she skied down very well (no falls & completely on her own steam), but unfortunately had a total sobbing melt-down at the bottom when mean old Dad told her we couldn't go back up because it was getting very late and you should always end the day on a good note. She was fast asleep in the car before we made the RH turn onto Broadfording Rd. on the way back to Clear Spring.

It was a *really* great day for both of us. Sounds like it was for you, too.



Tom / PM
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