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Deaf Nephew...any tips?

post #1 of 3
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I am taking my nephew, 15 years old, skied 3 times, 90% hearing loss...to Wolf Creek and Telluride for the next week or so.

He has skied 3 times with a church group, and after his last trip he challenged me to race...



My plan is to teach him in the hotel room about carving, showing him my skis sidecut, and to explain how that a ski can zoom downhill by itself, so his claim to "fly" down the hill is no good since he said "I can't stop or turn very well" sums up his ways.

I figure first day morning I'll hang with him and find out where he is at...then its lesson time with the ski school, free ski for me. After that, lessons as desired or needed for a couple more days.

Cold temps are predicted, so I will stock up on the right gear to make his trip comfortable.

Any advise to help me help him become addicted will be appreciated.

He likes skiing alot based on what he has experienced so far.

Being deaf has its unique issues and I will discuss them with ski school ahead of time.

I am no doubt forgetting some important stuff, so please chime in and voice opinions,

thanks Bears, the flakes are flying and its time to go...
post #2 of 3
I would think it would make sense to call the ski schools in advance and ask if they have any instructors who can sign. Even someone with some rudimentary knowledge of ASL can probably accomplish a lot more than a non-signer. Aside from that, if your son is the kind of kid who is a cognitive learner you may want to consider looking into some instructional books or videos for him to check out before your trip. Giving him a good base of knowledge before he hits the snow may help him relate better to the technical side of the sport.
post #3 of 3
Snowfan,

A really great response by jaypowhound .

My most rewarding lesson experience ever as an instructor was a lesson(s) I gave to a Vietnam Vet. He was a victim of a mine explosion and lost full hearing in one ear and 90% loss in the other. H was legally blind (could only see images from a few inches away using binoculars), and had no cartilage in his knees. He had cross country skied before, but never alpine.

After we discussed how he could learn from me and I put down the ground rules of safety, he was skiing the novice lift within an hour (parallel). After the third lesson, not only was he skiing from the top of the mountain, but was giving his friends who brought him, a ski lesson from what he learned, so they could keep up with him. This remarkable man was in his mid to late 40's.

He never felt he had limitations that got in his way, and adapted so well that he was one of my best learners ever. I am sure that your nephew will also adapt in ways that we can't comprehend, and will do really fine. I am optimistic that the lesson dispatcher can find a great match for him if you follow the advice of jaypowhound.

Enjoy!

RW
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