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Lots of good info about tree wells, including pictures, diagrams, and videos.  Important stuff to know!

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http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/index.php/

post #33 of 36

thank you for the info

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This is completely off-topic, but . . . an example of a good son who wants his parents to enjoy skiing well past their 70's.  He's looking for better skis for them as they slow down a bit.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/116474/blue-cruisers-for-my-parents#post_1525847

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I personally was allowed to ski alone at about age 10, but not for an extended amount of time. I was also quite advanced for my age. It all depends on the situation, and the size of the ski area

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My nine year old knows her way around Squaw Valley as well as I do.  I wouldn't worry about her getting lost.  What I worry about, and the reasons she doesn't ski alone, are more about snow safety and judgment.  She still doesn't always look uphill before she starts.  She can get stuck in powder.  She lacks understanding of tree wells.  While she naturally shies away from unfamiliar jumps, drops, and cornices, she still displays a degree of recklessness when skiing with friends.  If someone got hurt, I'm not sure she'd know to cross her skis and signal patrol.

 

Now, if we went to an unfamiliar area, I'd have more reasons, but for now the reasons have more to do with "what" and "how" than "where".

That is exactly the issue I have  with my kids, 9 & 11.  On a small hill consisting of groomers I'd probably let them go.  West of the Continental Divide?  I don't think so.  My older son found out about tree wells a couple of years ago, and I am protective as a result.

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