Sweet video, Bushwacker! That little girl is just great!
My younger brother learned to ski when he was 2, started racing in CUSSA at 5, and was beating all the older kids by age 7. He used to make my mom crazy because he'd just duck down whatever trail he wanted, without waiting to find out if she was OK with it. So she was constantly chasing him through bump fields that were taller than him. She made him bright-orange ski pants so people would see him!
My brothers and I were lucky, we all learned to ski when we were young. My mother said skiing with us made her a better skier. And she was already a great skier, so I often wonder if she was saying that to be nice...or maybe it really was the truth.
My husband's three kids all learned to ski when they were little, long before I met him. Since he's a patroller and has been for 17 years, you'd think the kids would be awesome skiers. But they never quite found a passion for it, and often can't be bothered to go to the mountain with us. His daughter, now in her 20s, has gone skiing just a few times in the past 7 years, she's a timid intermediate because she doesn't put in enough time on the mountain. She always ends up having fun, but she doesn't have friends who ski/ride so she doesn't have an incentive to go, I guess. The boys (ages 20 and 17) can ski just about anything at Jay, but a lot of the time, it isn't pretty or done with any kind of skill. If you ask them, they are way better than their old parents! But they also have declined to join us when they know we're going out-of-bounds or into the tighter trees at Jay.
I know my husband wishes they'd taken to skiing with more passion, he always thought it would be something they'd share as a family.