I understand why juniors don't ski with poles. But, what determines when they should start to use them? Also, perhaps the same answer, when you have a LTS lesson how do you determine if your student should be using poles?
|....They can be a pain for kids to put on and take off. They also tend to drop them from chair lifts....
.....I'd say that the standard age that I start encouraging pole use is about 10- that's when the student can really grasp what the pole is and isnt used for.....
....letting them tell me when they were ready. My daughter was age 11. My son was age 7. My experience is that real young kids don't want them because they are not cool.....
|give a bunch of 8 year old boys poles, and I guarantee you that the poles will become swords within 10 mintues.|
|Not only that, but the kids push themselves down the hill with the poles, thinking that they are gaining speed -snip-|
|Many kids also lack the coordination to think about dealing with poles and loading/unloading a lift and whatnot.|
|I'd like to see you, sidecut, teach a lesson to a groups of 6 year olds with little or no experience with poles- it would be rather humorous, I think.|
|Give young kids age 4-5 poles as soon as they have mastered wedge turns.|
give a bunch of 8 year old boys poles, and I guarantee you that the poles will become swords within 10 mintues.
This is just BS pure and simple.
Many kids also lack the coordination to think about dealing with poles and loading/unloading a lift and whatnot.
Coordination and thinking are not the same thing.
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Give young kids age 4-5 poles as soon as they have mastered wedge turns.