Last season I taught a 4 and half year old student named Mina. As you can see from the video above, she's adorable. But I'm posting this to highlight what's really important in ski lessons. We ski instructors often discuss this amongst ourselves, and when possible, with parents.
Mina's parents' primary concern (after Mina's safety, of course) was that their daughter have fun. This puts them in that great group of parents who get it.
How fast she progressed wasn't important, creating a love of skiing was.
So this was an awesome lesson for multiple reasons:
- Mom & Dad get it, and were "no-stress" parents.
- Mina had fun, and is psyched for this season.
- Mom and Dad were ecstatic.
The fact that in four short hours, Mina was skiing without an edgy-wedgy and was off the Big Easy is a small source of pride, but in my humble opinion, in the grand scheme of things, it's irrelevant. Below is the actual video of Mina on her way off the bunny slope... It doesn't feature her smiling face, but Mom and Dad like it anyway.