Originally Posted by tdk6
Its probably father and son & co. Father, skier 1, is not a bad skier and could maybe do much better if he was skiing with better skiers. Now he kind of taking care of his family and too much rippin would make the kids feel bad. I could be wrong but it looks that way. For example the cliff jump is nothing he would want his 10y old kid getting hooked at. Clearly he fails it on purpose. But it was a great line he took and without hesitation. I dont even do small cliff jumps like that.
he didnt fall that on purpose your assuming alot....
personally a 10 year old going off a cliff that size who can remain in balance is not a bad thing. Air time and drop are a part of being able to ski everywhere and build a complete agile skier. if they fall they fall who care my guess is they will think its awesome and want to keep going.
I have seen tons of kids tumble off jump like that and to be honest the only injury I had in a lesson in the past couple year was due to steepness, ice, and a prereleasing binding.
I can promise you a kid(or any skier) that can due small to medium control jumps can do much better turns than a skier than cant. Plus it opens more of the resort to them.
although I rarely showed kids drops. I would show most of them how to stay balance in small jumps. the better 10-17 year old would sometime get to do some small 3-5 drop with me but only after I could see they could maintain air balance and not become ragdolls on the landing. I think any great kids instructor ski the mountain in the most fun way possible. You think a 10 year old cares if he can make perfect fallline short raduis turns all the way down a blue groomer? ever if he can the chance of him wanting to that is slim to none or more like none. Kids want to ski the mountain and have fun. Sometime something slightly scary is fun to them. As long as its a safe scary.
A perfect run to a kid is going to have jumps lots of jumps, wall rides, short steep drops. whoop de doos(like a skiercross course), trees, halfpipe natural and man made and trust me a couple wrecks(if you dont have fun wrecking you pysche is too far out from the kids your teaching maybe you should be teaching adults
). you can do this with beginners to expert just by choosing different terrain.
terrain can teach alot of stuff with out you ever opening your mouth. talk to them and leatn about thier interest.I know instructor like to hear themselves speak way to much. have them tell you jokes, be a goofball around them. the last thing they want is a teacher.