My daughter and her best friend, both 4 years old, just finished their 4th ski lesson in the Tahoe Donner "Snowflake" program for 4-6 year olds. They did two lessons last year, followed by a day on the bunny slope practicing with us, and then two lessons a week ago. They are both pretty coordinated kids who listen well to teachers and have progressed fairly quickly to riding on the lift, and can now turn and stop easily. They both love skiing and in the afternoons we (the parents) took them out skiing again. The classes range from Ability level 1-5, and both kids were in Level 4 last time and the school says they can move up to Level 5 in the next session. According to the school, Level 5 kids need to be able to ride the lift without an instructor, and they already sent my daughter's friend up on the lift w/o an instructor or older kid. I think it's crazy, especially since the lift does not have a safety bar and they are too small to even get on the lift themselves. While waiting in line with my daughter I saw an older boy fall off the lift, although it was only a few feet off the ground at that point. We were pretty happy with the classes until this point, but I am baffled that they would send kids that young up without an adult. Reading the other thread on kids on lifts it seems like kids can and do fall off lifts, but I'm wondering if there is some sort of safety guidelines I can point to get them to revise their practices. Tahoe Donner is a pretty family friendly place to learn to ski, and obviously they've been doing some things right, but I feel that 4 (and 5), is too young to ride up on their own. Any suggestions?
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1/8/07 at 9:16pm