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Kids' ski school?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
What is a good school for little rippers (to be)?
How about Alta or Snowbird? Steamboat? Jackson Hole?
It's going to be the 3rd season for the 5 1/2 year old and he loves to ski but does not seem to like being in ski school much. So he skis with me and learns all the crappy technique and bad habits .

Suggestions?
post #2 of 21
IMO, can't go wrong with the Alta ski school. My son (now 9) has been taking lessons there since he was 4 and had a good time every day. He has learned quite a bit and gained tons of confidence. The instructors are very good with kids (and the parents).
post #3 of 21
Cool, another reason to drag the family out to Alta!
post #4 of 21
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Cool, another reason to drag the family out to Alta!
Yup. "Honey, but it's the best for the kids."
post #5 of 21
Where are you located? Are you talking about serious ski training/every weekend and all holiday weeks? Or just a couple of times a year/family vacations?
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Vacation.
My experience with ski schools has not been great. At breck my son refused to go back after the first day, I could not find out the reason. He really liked the school at JH, telluride was ok.
post #7 of 21
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Vacation.
My experience with ski schools has not been great. At breck my son refused to go back after the first day, I could not find out the reason. He really liked the school at JH, telluride was ok.
OK - you answered the initial question, but...

Where are you located?
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Boston.
post #9 of 21
Interesting. I guess you never ski close to home? Because your initial post only mentioned western resorts.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
Rarely. But this is not about eastern vs western skiing.
post #11 of 21
Might want to try Smugglers Notch. We went there last Xmas holiday (5 skiing days ) and my two kids, then 7 and 13, had morning lessons every day. Both kids loved their classes and couldn't wait to go every morning. I can't really judge what they learned because I am not an expert skier -- I took lessons every morning too. But they are both more confident skiers now. My 7-year old daughter started on the magic carpet and the bunny slope, and by the end of our stay she was taking the lift (with her class in the morning or with me or her older brother in the afternoon) and skiing down blue slopes.
post #12 of 21
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Boston.
If you're from the East, Smuggs no doubt. Have gone for over 10 years, we (at least the kids) haven't been disappointed.

Nice road trip. You'll find lots of ppl from MA there.

They are legendary for their progressive week-long camp. It's like Disney on snow. Their adult instructions are really good too.
post #13 of 21
Correction to my previous message: my daughter went from bunny slopes to GREEN slopes, not blue. Maybe this season she'll be ready for blues...
post #14 of 21
I don't get it,
your son is 5 1/2 years old and he's has two years under his belt skiing western resorts and you live in Boston. Do you fly out west every weekend? if so there is your answer the jet lag and the altitude is enough to make any 3 & 4 year old child hate anything.
My suggestion is start your son in a good ski school close to home every weekend and when it's time later in the season take him out west and wait at least 1 day before you put him in a ski school let him get use to the time difference and altitude he's only 5 1/2.
Both my kids have been skiing every weekend since the age of two, we have taken our spring break holiday for the past 9 years at a ski resort the last three out west, on our week long vacation we never put our kids in ski school cause they are in lessons all winter anyway, this is family time.With the exception of last year when I did put my son in for a complementary lesson which was useless and a waste of time after his hour lesson he got another free lesson and was bumped up to an adult class he was to good for the other kids. The moral is if you want your kid to be a ripper put him in lessons close to home every week then put him in a race or freestyle program later on and there will not be a need for a ski school out west. By the age of 10 your son will be teaching you.
post #15 of 21
Good post Pat.
post #16 of 21
I guess I am also guilty of putting my kids in a western resort's ski school during spring vacation, although I live in the east. But
there are no mountains that I'd like them to ski at every weekend close by my home in southern Connecticut. I've found that Taos and Snowmass provided them with great instruction--no complaints from them at all.

In the east, my kids have also loved the ski schools at Mad River Glen and Stowe. I think skiing with other kids for part of the day is more fun for them than skiing with Mama and Daddy all day.
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I've heared good things about Smuggs, too.

the jet lag and the altitude is enough to make any 3 & 4 year old child hate anything.
If you read my post, he wants to ski, just not with the ski school. This is odd, because he ist very social and loves being with other kids.

My suggestion is start your son in a good ski school close to home every weekend.
Would love to, but at the moment unrealistic. Most resorts are 2+ hrs away. I have skied with him at Nashoba often last year, but have not tried the school there.

By the age of 10 your son will be teaching you.
I'm afraid of that.
post #18 of 21
Kawo, I re-read your first message and the light went on: if he's not in ski class he gets to ski with you! Not such a bad thing; when he's a teenager he may not want to stick around "the Old Man" or "Mom" (from your postings I cannot tell which one you are). Were his previous lessons all day? The ones we did last year at Smuggs were just in the morning, and then we skied together in the afternoon.
post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
Jimski, you're right. I've been trying to get him to ski school and ski with me in the afternoon. Once he found out he can ski with me all day, school has lost its appeal. While it's great that he wants to ski with his Old Man, his skills actually regress while skiing with me.
post #20 of 21
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Jimski, you're right. I've been trying to get him to ski school and ski with me in the afternoon. Once he found out he can ski with me all day, school has lost its appeal. While it's great that he wants to ski with his Old Man, his skills actually regress while skiing with me.
kawo, If his skills are regressing maybe you should take some lessons to improve so when he skis with you he can try to mimic what you are doing correctly, don't even bother trying to "teach" him. Just ski but try not to over terrain him, meaning too much steep too soon. That will lead to defensive movements on his part. One other thing I have found when skiing with little ones and watching parents ski with their little ones is the line you take down the hill and speed you carry might seem slow to you but to a little kid you are way down the hill, so in order to keep up they bee line it without making any turns and just start power wedging trying to hold on. Make lots of turns, find things to turn around, bumps, trees where terrain is really easy, small leaves and sticks blown out into the trail. Find little things to hop over or jump off of , great for balance skills. You can help his skiils by incorporating some of these fun things into every run you ski with him.
post #21 of 21
In Utah, I've had personal experience with Alta, Deer Valley, Park City, Canyons, and Sundance ski schools (for kids) I'd rank Alta and Deer Valley tops with the edge to Deer Valley. If you have a kid in day care, not skiing, especially a baby, DV is the only place. What's nice about Alta is it's, well, Alta- and has a huge area that is low-angle to flat and is separate from the rest of the resort so you don't get the bowling effect, with the kids as the pins...

If you got lil' rippers, Alta rocks- they take 'em up high- and from what I've seen of Bushwhacker's classes, so does the Bird, but we haven't done that yet. Little Sundance is pretty sweet too, for the same reasons as Alta, but out of the way.
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