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Teaching my kids

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We have three children, ages 5.5, 4 and 2. How hard would it be to teach them myself? Are there instructor courses I can take? I did this for swimming (I used to be a lifeguard and I took an instructor's course) and it seems to be working well.

I'm an advanced (dynamic) skier but I don't think I ski as well as the instructors I've seen (I only get about 10 ski days/year).

Also, what do people think about gear for kids? I'd guess they grow out of the boots pretty quickly but, with three kids, maybe they can hand-me-down? We also have a place that sells used kids stuff...is that worth a look?

Finally, I wonder if there are ski clubs that hire or have instructors?

post #2 of 8
Hi Frugal,
If your kids take instruction from you well that's good. Most kids I know are better off taught by someone not close to them. (something about having to live up to your expectations and for skiing you are God. If you are not perfect, you are no longer on the top)
I don't know of any instructor courses for parents but I know of several locations where they allow the parent to watch (very few) and give the parents tips on how to help their kids.
as far as equipment, Lots of locations will "rent" for a year and let you trade up every year for kids. This might be a good way to go. You actually purchase the product with the shop knowing you will return at the end of the year. they give you a better trade in because they know ahead of time and will probably "sell it" the next year as used equipment provided you keep it in good shape
Check with your local shop.
post #3 of 8
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Thanks for the reply. I wasn't thinking about instructor courses for parents. I was thinking about instructor courses for instructors. I think there used to be one at killington at the beginning and end of every year but I can;t seem to find out much information about it. There are probably others?
post #4 of 8
I believe all the ski schools do run clinics for instruction.
Call the school of your choice inquire.
They probably only do these at specific times. most likely early in the season.
the rest of the clinics may be for instructors that are already teaching
post #5 of 8
Most of the courses are at the beginning of the season. Some schools will allow you to "shadow" lessons in order to be able to teach.

I do not recommend that you try to teach your kids. At five my daughter was a "Klingon". She clung to my leg to go for the ride but wouldn't let go and ended up playing in the snow all morning. She wouldn't have done that in an class with someone she did not know. Our school has a mini escalator to get the kids up the slope and that solves the lift and rope tow problems that plague those first days.

Ski-Wee programs also have staff that specialize in games with the kids and make it a fun day. The 5 and 4 yr. olds will be OK but I think 2 is too early.

We bought used Rossignol Viper Jr. and good boots from a "high end" rental shop only after they showed a high level of interest at the end of their first year.<FONT size="1">

[This message has been edited by yuki (edited January 12, 2001).]</FONT>
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In University I was a tennis pro during my summers. After four years, I decided that teaching the general public just wasn't for me. While it was satisfying to have the same student for 3 hours/day for a week or more, that was a rarity. Most American instruction is about (45 minutes to an hour), once a week.

I think I'd like to teach at say tremblant, where you have students four hours/day for four days but that's never going to happen given my job and family situation.

Anyhow, it would be fun to see if I can pass a ski instructor test and take some lessons in how to teach. I read and reread lito's book 10 years ago, practiced it for four seasons and "got it". I'm sure I can teach the method to my kids but I'm not sure when they'll be ready for it.

post #7 of 8
Im my experience as a coach, (and I don't have kids of my own), I see kids act very differently around their parents and around their peers. When Mom and Dad are gone, they start building relationships with the other kids in the group and usually become much more independant. They see that they have to fend for themselves, and this gets magnified when they see other kids doing it. Typically, they will push their own boundaries more when their parents ar enot present.

The upside to having someone else teach your kids is: 1) you can go get some runs for yourself; 2)they probably don't listen to you anyway; 3) they learn more than just skiing

The downside is cost and you may be able to increase the delay before they can kick your butt down the hill.
post #8 of 8
I agree with AJ regarding kids enjoying the company of other (not siblings) children. My two older kids 11 and 8 learned skiing and now snowboarding through instructors. We joined a kids club that includes lessons each Sat. My take on it is that it allows us to be all over the hill on trips out West, instead of the kids learning on the trip. Though we will have them take lessons if they want. They enjoy the company of others. The 11 year old much preferred boarding with his instructor ( it was a slow week at JH, he was basically 1 0n 1 for group prices). Since the instructor's name was John I told J-boy that I guessed I was the wrong John after he went out one morning with his older sister and me complaining all the way. Maybe we weren't hitting the jumps enough? Anyway the independance that they enjoy sans parents is a good growing experience.
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