My 10 year old daughter and I were skiing today. The snow was great and we where doing some short traverses to get to mostly untracked stuff. In one spot there were quite a few little 5 foot cliffs and we where dropping off them into the pow. It was a lot of fun. On one of the lift rides up I was talking with my daughter about her sking and how much she has improved her off piste skiing since she got wide skis for Christmas. She was excellent on groomers but had a difficult time in the deep. Now she skis the pow and crude like it was an easy groomer. Any way I asked her about dropping the cliffs which she had done a little bit of but was always limited by her difficulty in the deep. She said that now she thought it was a lot of fun and wanted to keep sking that run so we could do it again. On this run I skied just on the other side of the trees (to get some good untracked) from where the cliffs were. The two trails connected about 100 yards below. My daughter hit the cliffs and we were going to meet where the trails connected. I was standing next to a tree at the bottom when my daughter comes flying through the air just in front of me but about 5 feet over my head. She stuck the landing but layed over on the run out. She had gone off a cliff that was about 15 feet high. She got up laughing. It scared the hell out of me to see her do that. I kind of got a little upset with her and told her she could only do cliffs that were equal to her age. 10 years old = 10 foot cliff. After I have begun to wonder if I did the right thing. I don't want to hold her back in anyway but I may have a heart attack if she does that to me again. What should I do?
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1/21/08 at 6:34pm