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Deer Valley Kids Ski School

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Has anyone had any experience with the Deer Valley Ski School for children? Our daughter will be 3.5years at ski season, so we are thinking of heading back to Deer Valley. They looked like they had a pretty good program, from what we could see.

Any recommendations for instructors? I'm not expecting her to really be skiing, but I do want her to have a good time and if she wants to progress, then someone who will challenge her, in a fun manner. Does that make sense?

If anyone had any really good experiences with other Kids ski schools, I would appreciate those comments too. We aren't set in stone to go back to Utah.

Thanks,

Amy
post #2 of 14
We made our first trip there several years ago when my youngest son was nearly four. I thought they did a good job on him and the rest of us.
I would love to go back, but all three of my kids are boarders now.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
You can go back and just send them over to Park City or the Canyons
post #4 of 14
Look for Kai. My daughter liked him so much in the first day that when we got another instructor for the second day she cried and refused to ski. So back to Kai we went who gladly took her back in. If you know the Deer Valley runs - my daughter was skiing down the "Success" run in her second day of lessons with Kai. Pretty impressive since "Success" can be considered a short Blue run in eastern resorts.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
That is awesome! How old was your daughter? I can't imagine a 3.5yr old going down Success...heck I'm cautious at that last steep part! Then again...they have little fear at that age.

Thanks for the recommendation, I will call at the beginning of the season and inquire. I'm big on recommendations, so I appreciate your input.

I'm hoping since we are going during Sundance, that the slopes will be vacant. At least that is what I hear. So maybe she will get some good ski time and attention. Although, if she just stayed in the bunny area and has fun...i would be happy with that as well
post #6 of 14
challenge her to what.....arm wrestle?

discard any expectations other than that she is safe and happy.

she's 3.5 years old for god's sake. proceed in any other manner and i promise she'll quit skiing by age 7.

skip private lessons and put her in ski school. let her enjoy an hour of sliding, an hour of coloring, an hour of snow angel making, a day with other kids her age.

besides.....i'll bet even money any superstar teaching three year olds is a first year non cert or at best level I cert.

teaching 3.5 year olds is akin to herding kittens.

my $00.02

now i know some dad will check in a say that at age 1 he had the second coming of picabo running gates and hucking cliffs.

whatever
post #7 of 14
I agree with RG, mostly.

As far as private lessons, I agree 100%.

I think most parents are too impressed by what terrain their children have been on. More important then where is how.

I will take guideing skis on greens over breaking wedges on blues any day of the week.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
Rusty Guy & Tief..you are both such a hoot. You really made me laugh I appreciate your responses and I understand where you are coming from.

No, I don't expect my daughter to be on the top of the mountain and I am putting her in "Ski School." Which to me, means with other children. I was looking for a good instructor who does well with children. I personally have had bad instructors before, so I wanted one that knows how to teach my child something and not just make snow angels the whole time.

She is an eager little girl and excels in other mental and physical aspects of her life, so of course if she picks up skiing as fast as she has picked up other things, then I would want someone to say "Hey do you want to try this?" That is my child, a daredevil. Maybe other kids aren't that way, but my little girl has talked about "Snow skiing" since we watched the Olympics and I'm giving her the opportunity. What she makes of it is her choice, but I certainly don't want a crummy instructor to dash her aspirations of "Snow Skiing."

Of course she may totally hate skiing and want to make snow angels all day and I will join her. If she is having fun...that is all I care about

So bring on the backlash..as I'm sure you all will like to smack me around but don't expect a response.

Thanks Cyclist for your recommendation...I will still look into the instructor.
post #9 of 14
Our daughter (4.5 yrs at the time) had a couple of days last season at Deer Valley, with instructors John Popple and Corey Stewart. She was in Bambi Club and had a great time. They only do a 2.5 hr morning or afternoon skiing. The Fawn Special program that they do for 3-year-olds is slightly different, I think. But, for what it's worth, my overall impression was good.
post #10 of 14
My kid started skiing at 3.5 at Wolf Mountain (now The Canyons). We put him in their ski school program and he was riding chairlifts on the first day and skiing easy blues by week's end. He is now 13 and is a good skier, not a child prodigy. A girl migrated over from Park City halfway through the week and she could not ski at all. In fact, I was warned by a local that PCMR had a terrible kids program.

This was all a long time ago and much has, I'm sure changed, but your daughter should be able to ski, and have a lot of fun doing so at age 3.5. They do tire easily though so don't push her. Just my .02C
post #11 of 14
I think that if you want it to be memorable and positive for your child, you might want to be the one sliding down the beginner trail and riding on the lift.

Kids suspect you are doing something more fun without them when you foist them off at the ski school.

I know, I am a level 1 and I spend a lot of time just making it fun for the kids at that age. Believe me, they do not like being left behind.

I hold my pole out and they can hold on while we slide...and sing... and stand tall... and squat way low... and make engine noises...and sing some more...and recite the jabberwocky.

My only expectation is that they stand on their feet and not cross their tips.

A gentleman who skis quite well (by my limited standard) and who has done a fine job raising his children (oldest is an eagle scout and entering Cornell this fall) advised me to not expect to ski if you want your child to ski. If they want to ski with you, you say, "Great! Let's go." If they want to stop, you say, "What a good idea. Do you want some hot chocolate?" If they want to go back out...after only a sip, you say, "I'm ready."

Three and a half is too young to be taught anything other than I like skiing with Mom and Dad. Who cares if they never learn to make a pizza.

My wife has spent the last two seasons on the cricket at Jiminy Peak MA with my youngest who turned 5 in April. We followed our friend's advice with only one regrettable exception - boy were little toes cold. This past February break, Emily was power wedging down sunway at Gore chasing her two older brothers and their cousins...and having a blast.

You already give so much to your kids, give them this... and they will love skiing.
post #12 of 14
I think that if you want it to be memorable and positive for your child, you might want to be the one sliding down the beginner trail and riding on the lift.

Kids suspect you are doing something more fun without them when you foist them off at the ski school.

I know, I am a level 1 and I spend a lot of time just making it fun for the kids at that age. Believe me, they do not like being left behind.

I hold my pole out and they can hold on while we slide...and sing... and stand tall... and squat way low... and make engine noises...and sing some more...and recite the jabberwocky.

My only expectation is that they stand on their feet and not cross their tips.

A gentleman who skis quite well (by my limited standard) and who has done a fine job raising his children (oldest is an eagle scout and entering Cornell this fall) advised me to not expect to ski if you want your child to ski. If they want to ski with you, you say, "Great! Let's go." If they want to stop, you say, "What a good idea. Do you want some hot chocolate?" If they want to go back out...after only a sip, you say, "I'm ready."

Three and a half is too young to be taught anything other than I like skiing with Mom and Dad. Who cares if they never learn to make a pizza.

My wife has spent the last two seasons on the cricket at Jiminy Peak MA with my youngest who turned 5 in April. We followed our friend's advice with only one regrettable exception - boy were little toes cold. This past February break, Emily was power wedging down sunway at Gore chasing her two older brothers and their cousins...and having a blast.

You already give so much to your kids, give them this... and they will love skiing.
post #13 of 14
At that age DO NOT RUSH it too much, and put them in the regular little kid's school... when they are tired, let them stop... we forget how much muscle it takes to ski, and kid's need to like the sport #1... Private lessons are a WASTE at this age... get them in a morning ski session, watch them begin and have a great experience, then leave them alone, go skiing and enjoy Deer Valley... they will be very well taken care of. Deer Valley is one of the best jr. ski schools in the country, never heard any complaints in 25 years... Rock
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by skiprob View Post
I think that if you want it to be memorable and positive for your child, you might want to be the one sliding down the beginner trail and riding on the lift.

Kids suspect you are doing something more fun without them when you foist them off at the ski school.

I know, I am a level 1 and I spend a lot of time just making it fun for the kids at that age. Believe me, they do not like being left behind.
and you are getting paid to make it fun.

i tell the tale that the first time i dropped my kid off at ski school she cried like a maniac. a wonderful supervisor took her by the hand a led her away. when i picked her up she cried like a maniac.

she didn't want to leave.

i'm of the opinion the last person she wanted to ski with was dad. she wanted to ski with her new found friends and the wonderful eighteen year old girl with the braids in her her and the neat accent from a land called australia.

she was a hottie so i thought about booking a lesson with her too.

later she was lucky enough to meet bob barnes and he has been her instructor in the past few years. woe be it to me if i would give her a tip when we ski. she tells me she has an instructor.

she also reminds me she doesn't take lessons from anyone less than examiner status :
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