Originally Posted by Xtremity
So my question is How Do I get her to learn how to ski Steep runs/moguls/POWDER/and trees ?? It seems like an easy task, but let me add this little note: if she sees that the lift goes to a DOUBLE BLACK ONLY area or a trail goes to TREES/MOGULS she will not get on the lift, and I'm stuck sking alone. Also if I see a powder stash she will not join me.
I've pretty much given up on bringing her to STEEP runs like Headwalls and Cornices, because last year at Kirkwood and Squaw, she walked back up to the chair lift after shaking and complaining for 20 minutes and then backing down.
I think I can get her to try moguls again, but I need to find a way to teach her such that she's not forced to do a 1000 moguls on her first try.
I KNOW i can get her to ski powder, because she's very eager to learn, But last year she leaned forward and I had to run to her and get her head out of the snow because she almost sufficated after her tips crossed and planted in 4 ft of powder at Homewood. NO JOKE, It was actually scary as hell to her, but she still wants to try powder so I'm happy about that.
you have gotten some good advice.
having mom check in reminds me of a situation that took place last year. early in the year, i had the pleasure of skiing with mom and her husband in a formal lesson setting.
both are very, very good skiers.
later in the year they came to winter park with family, and i had a day off scheduled to ski with my 12 year old daughter. typically i won't join anyone else on my day off because that has become a sacred day with my kid. a day that we usually end up skiing easy stuff because she is not inclined to push herself. i've learned to let her pick the terrain because god forbid if i pick a run and she gets the idea i'm "pushing" her.
it's usually a day on groomers.
i was surprised when my daughter agreed to join mom and a fairly large group of folks that she didn't know. it helped when there were a few kids in the group.
to make a long tale short, my daughter jumped all over skiing bumps on the jane side of the resort. i think it was some sort of group dynamic where she wanted to ski harder stuff. basically, i suppose it was a 12 year old wanting to be grown up.
the same thing occured later in the year with another bear, skier 31 and a couple of other adults. all were instructors from several different resorts. we hiked off chair nine at loveland. could i have gotten my kid to hike ten minutes if we had been alone? heck no.
something makes me think the dynamics of a group will drive folks to do things they might not otherwise try. i know it has happened to me in early morning clinics that i have skiied terrain i wouldn't ski first thing in the morning because two or three instructors are dieing to try it.
so......i think the idea of a woman's specific camp/lesson , a group bumps/powder lesson, or merely finding a gang of friends might be an answer.