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My sons first day skiing

post #1 of 26
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We have lived in the Southern US for the past 7 years...and this fall returned to our native home in Canada.  This in itself was a huge deal for us to be closer to our families and among our 'own people'.  But on a deeper personal level it has allowed me to rekindle my love of skiing and to introduce my 5 y/o son to the sport.  He has been on a two wheeled bike w/o training wheels since his third birthday and loves to ride his scooter and skateboard at skate parts...so I had a feeling that he would naturally fit into skiing.

On New Years eve we took him skiing for the first time to our local hill, Martock, a small 4 run hill outside Halifax, NS.  I did two runs with him on the bunny hill, but I have no idea how to teach a total noob to the sport.  I just held his shoulder and went strait down the slope.  I did this twice to get him aclimatized to the sensation of skiing and to give a brief introduction to the rope tow.  After that he spent an hour and a half with an instructor, Talos, who did more with him than I could have in days!  We did a couple of more follow-the-leader runs down the bunny hill before taking a break for lunch.

After lunch we hit the bunny hill again and after three passes, my son says  "Ok daddy, I'm ready".  "Ready for what?" says I.  "For that" he replies, while pointing to the chair lift!  I asked him again, if he was sure about the chair and he confirmed his readiness.  Ok, then off we go!

We did about 7 runs from the top and I took this short vid on one the runs.



I just can;t believe how well he picked up on the skill!  He had a couple of scares with icy conditions on a steeper pitch, but other than that he was good to go.

Anyway, now my wife and I are thinking that a trip to Quebec (Ste Anne and/or Le Massif) may be in order for March Break!  Suggestions?!?

Thanks for letting me share (and brag :-)

sani
post #2 of 26
If possible, sellect runs with goood snow, packed powder groomers are ideal. It's important that he experience good, fun turns at this stage. muscle memory is just beginning to store experiences. Set him up for success. enjoy. it's the best of times.
post #3 of 26
Great post with video! Kid seems like a natural!
post #4 of 26
Dad, hope you are a good skier;  to keep up with that one in a couple years you will need to be.

Cool post.  Thanks.
post #5 of 26
He is a little ripper!!.  Kids that age, are absolutely insane!! (not a insult).  They have no fear, and will go down a int or adv and just bomb it!  Really make sure he is safe and TURNING!  (not saying he wasnt in the video).  Looks like you can quickly get him parralelling.  Seriously, you should try to give him some basics right now.  Like keeping a seperation between legs and upper body, always facing the fall line, I would recommend some other things but you should ignore everything I say because I am not a instructor and ask the question in ask a instructor.

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Originally Posted by sanigene View Post

We have lived in the Southern US for the past 7 years...and this fall returned to our native home in Canada.  This in itself was a huge deal for us to be closer to our families and among our 'own people'.  But on a deeper personal level it has allowed me to rekindle my love of skiing and to introduce my 5 y/o son to the sport.  He has been on a two wheeled bike w/o training wheels since his third birthday and loves to ride his scooter and skateboard at skate parts...so I had a feeling that he would naturally fit into skiing.

On New Years eve we took him skiing for the first time to our local hill, Martock, a small 4 run hill outside Halifax, NS.  I did two runs with him on the bunny hill, but I have no idea how to teach a total noob to the sport.  I just held his shoulder and went strait down the slope.  I did this twice to get him aclimatized to the sensation of skiing and to give a brief introduction to the rope tow.  After that he spent an hour and a half with an instructor, Talos, who did more with him than I could have in days!  We did a couple of more follow-the-leader runs down the bunny hill before taking a break for lunch.

After lunch we hit the bunny hill again and after three passes, my son says  "Ok daddy, I'm ready".  "Ready for what?" says I.  "For that" he replies, while pointing to the chair lift!  I asked him again, if he was sure about the chair and he confirmed his readiness.  Ok, then off we go!

We did about 7 runs from the top and I took this short vid on one the runs.



I just can;t believe how well he picked up on the skill!  He had a couple of scares with icy conditions on a steeper pitch, but other than that he was good to go.

Anyway, now my wife and I are thinking that a trip to Quebec (Ste Anne and/or Le Massif) may be in order for March Break!  Suggestions?!?

Thanks for letting me share (and brag :-)

sani
 
post #6 of 26
May you all enjoy many years exploring the mountains together!  good on ya'
post #7 of 26
sanigene, great video, love the ending, brought a smile to my face, he moves around with ease on the skis, I really like the way he was skating and stepping trying to catch you. have fun out on the slopes, that is what it's all about
post #8 of 26
Great video, thanks for sharing!  He's going to be a master of the slopes in no time.  Quebec is beautiful, what a fun idea for a family vacation.  I say go for it!  And be sure to get some more videos while you're there! :)
post #9 of 26
Way to go DAD ! I.ts always refreshing to see little kids having fun .
post #10 of 26
You're son's doing great...keep bringing him out.  Ste.Anne may be a bit better for his first trip to Quebec.

Go Martock!
post #11 of 26
Thread Starter 
 Hey thanks everybody for the nice comments!  I'll keep ya posted!

sani
post #12 of 26
Thanks for posting.  Teaching my 3 children to ski 25 years ago was the highlight of my life. Your video brought back memories.  Thank you.  

I am going to see my grandson today.  Its his first birthday.  It won't be long before he is out on the slopes.

 
post #13 of 26
Way to go! My dad introduced me to skiing a little older (maybe around 9) but I have been doing it ever since. It will undoubtedly create a much stronger relationship between you and your son (it has with me and my father). Skiing is one of the best father son activities, partially because it promotes nice long weekends away from the female folk (if they don't ski, as mine don't) ;)

My dad will testify though that in what seems like a very small amount of time he will be the on eging you to try a harder and harder slope, and stopping halfway to make sure you've caught up

Enjoy it!

P.S. Once he gets a little older you can do what my dad evidently did to me. Allow your son to go off on his own for a few hours, and then tail him to see how he is doing. The thrill of independence to a 11-12 year old is amazing, and then you can see how he is doing without him knowing.
post #14 of 26
He's a natural. beautiful skiing. my son at that age held his arms kind of arced like that also. Is it the new feeling of the mittens? very cute.  enjoy, the very best of times.
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
 I took G skiing for the second time on Sunday.  And was it ever a confidence booster for him!  On his first day he was fearful off icy spots and relative steep pitches and hesitant of speed.  We talked about ice and steeps and we worked on practicing these conditions together.

He felt that he 'couldn't ski on ice'...so I found some icy patches on flatter terrain and we practised going over it and with each run his confidence increased.  For steeps, we started off playing follow the leader where he would follow my tracks.  I made tightish turns and traversed almost horizontally across the pitch, so that he could get the hang of the weight transfer required when turning on a steeper pitch.  Eventually, he wanted me to follow him!  Great!

After that, I told him to start opening up his turns on the flat terrain, to get a little more speed.  With each run his turns got a little bigger and the traversing went a little more downhill, speed picked up.  Then, the inevitable happened and he had his first proper crash.  Not so bad that his skis released, but bad enough.  I started laughing and saying how awesome that was 'Dude, you bailed, sweet!'.  Thankfully, he laughed too 'cause he had snow all over his face.  We did two more (trouble free) runs after that to get his confidence back (or was it my confidence we needed to improve) and leave on a high note, with good memories.

Anyway, all said and done it was a great day.  We got 8 runs in on the full hill and maybe 5 or so on the bunny hill.

I think the next steps would be to have another lesson with an instructor to improve technique.  The confidence is there, so the coach could take him up on the full hill and give him a better feedback.

Sorry, no vid this time......

sani
post #16 of 26
Wonderful, kid's a natural and braving the ice, only going to get better.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
 Alright, time for another update!  We went skiing last Monday, the little man's fourth day, and put him in his second lesson.  Now he's doing 'hockey stops' and starting to do 'french fry turns'.  Parallel skiing already?!

I have a couple of videos for you - the problem is I can't ski backwards fast enough to get any decent footage, I need to work on that :-).  so all the footage is from behind.

Video 1:




Video 2: it's a little long but worth the wait....



I might have a freestyle skier on my hands with that backwards stuff...


sani
post #18 of 26
I'm waiting for my son to turn 4. Hopefully he'll start next season.
post #19 of 26
glad you introduced him to the sport when he was young, my parents didnt take me skiing untill i was 15, and they worked at breck for years (before i was born) then they moved to NE to farm, yea bummer, but its now my number 1 sport and im hooked as ever, keep it up and you might have a pro on your hands
post #20 of 26
scan.jpgscan0001.jpgYeah The great memories of teaching our kids...straightlining the rope tow at 2.5 his first time on skis,catching air at 7.5, he's now 16.5 and follows me anywhere.
post #21 of 26
Thread Starter 
 @k2skier - awesome jump pic!

sani
post #22 of 26
Yes, your little guy is a real natural on the Snow, Sanigene, and sure does bring back memories of teaching my youngest.  He was a real natural.  Be careful on those ski trips lol, this year you're probably okay but when our little one was about 7 (maybe 8), we were out at Mount St Anne and he desperately wanted to do the Seven Sisters ( this name could be wrong, i don't see one called it now but it was a steep run down the entire front, under a chair that went to the main base camp, pre-gondola days), steep bump run, it was minus 40 and hard.  He asked to take it and his dad and I had said no, the conditions weren't right for it. 

Well we went in for lunch (huge cafeteria line up that day) and he asks, could I go do one more time up the chair while you get lunch.  Dad let him go (I said no but was off to get lunch).  I was there for his return when he sat down with a HUGE grin on his face, and whispered very loudly in his dad's ear, "I did seven sisters".  By the time he was 8 we were constantly chasing him down the hill so he didn't get away on us.  Good luck, have fun and you'll have soooo many tales to remember when he grows older.  Oh and what fun, last year we able to start giving his daughter her first ski lessons!
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by lady_Salina View Post

Yes, your little guy is a real natural on the Snow, Sanigene, and sure does bring back memories of teaching my youngest.  He was a real natural.  Be careful on those ski trips lol, this year you're probably okay but when our little one was about 7 (maybe 8), we were out at Mount St Anne and he desperately wanted to do the Seven Sisters ( this name could be wrong, i don't see one called it now but it was a steep run down the entire front, under a chair that went to the main base camp, pre-gondola days), steep bump run, it was minus 40 and hard.  He asked to take it and his dad and I had said no, the conditions weren't right for it. 

Well we went in for lunch (huge cafeteria line up that day) and he asks, could I go do one more time up the chair while you get lunch.  Dad let him go (I said no but was off to get lunch).  I was there for his return when he sat down with a HUGE grin on his face, and whispered very loudly in his dad's ear, "I did seven sisters".  By the time he was 8 we were constantly chasing him down the hill so he didn't get away on us.  Good luck, have fun and you'll have soooo many tales to remember when he grows older.  Oh and what fun, last year we able to start giving his daughter her first ski lessons!

That's a great story, and absolutely something I could see my guy doing...thanks for the warning!

sani
post #24 of 26

I took my daughter today. She is almost 6. This is her fourth lesson and she is really loving it.

The instructors keep telling me she only like french fries and not pizza. I tell her she needs to learn to turn and stop but she says french fries are more fun. She watched the olympic ski jumping and she thinks straight is great.

 

post #25 of 26
If I were you, I would say "whatever you want to do sweety.  Turning carved turns is what all the bigger kids do, you will have plenty of time to do them (not phrased very well).  The main thing is spending time with her.  But when she is older she will regret if you don't introduce good techniques to her.
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Originally Posted by johnnysdg View Post

I took my daughter today. She is almost 6. This is her fourth lesson and she is really loving it.

The instructors keep telling me she only like french fries and not pizza. I tell her she needs to learn to turn and stop but she says french fries are more fun. She watched the olympic ski jumping and she thinks straight is great.

 

post #26 of 26
The important thing is she loves it, the cold isn't bothering her, and you have fun with her.  Children learn, as do adults, at hugely different paces.  My oldest never became as smooth and natural as my youngest.  Make sure she has fun so she wants to go.  You can try things like a harness (she may really not like that idea as she's 6 already), a ski bra, to hold her ski tips together until she learns might also help quite a bit.  With my younger one, he knew, there was no big hill or lifts until he learned to turn and stop.  This wasn't pushed on him, it was just explained that going up to the big hill before that really wasn't safe, but as soon as he could turn both ways and stop we would take him up.  This seemed to give him incentive to actually want to turn and stop.

With my older son, we could tell later he really just pretended to like it as the rest of us were so excited about going, and when he was 10 we bought him a full snow board package and switched him over.  He loved it and caught on right away. 
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Originally Posted by johnnysdg View Post

I took my daughter today. She is almost 6. This is her fourth lesson and she is really loving it.

The instructors keep telling me she only like french fries and not pizza. I tell her she needs to learn to turn and stop but she says french fries are more fun. She watched the olympic ski jumping and she thinks straight is great.

 

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