|Cool posters up in the Kids' Section at Sports Basement|
We're going to be helping skiers and parents evaluate gear, plan their kids' first experience on the slopes, learn what's new in Tahoe, and answering any questions they might have.
We'll also be doing short presentations about specific topics, which should lead to good Q & A.
If you'd like to help us plan for how many ski and snowboard instructors we should bring down, please do sign up on the facebook event page. The Sports Basement will be giving a 10% discount to folks who attend and want to shop for anything while they're there.
In case you can't make it, here's an advice article I wrote last year about one of my favorite topics....
How to enjoy a low-stress ski trip and create life-long skiers.
- Eliminate a hike through the parking lot or the wait for a shuttle bus.
- Use the courtesy drop off to deposit kids, skis, boards and one parent.
- If you do walk and have your own ski boots, don’t don them in the parking lot. Wear warm and comfortable snowboots and utilize the resort’s lockers to store them during the day.
- If you’re arranging a private lesson, leverage your instructor’s focus on customer service. Instructors love making every process easier for clients. I regularly meet clients at the courtesy drop off, ready to be their Sherpa, resort tour guide, rental equipment advisor, and escort through what can be a busy village.
- Kids taking group lessons? At Northstar, all equipment is provided. Leave hats and that second pair of socks at home. The hat won’t fit under the provided helmet, and the second sock layer causes blisters and can cut off circulation, creating very cold feet.
- Are you planning multiple ski weekends? Visit the Sports Basement and do a season long rental or take advantage of their Ski Buy Back program to save 50% on new gear.
- Put your child’s name on everything they’ll wear, especially goggles and helmets.
- Think like a kid! Kids love stickers, and bright, unique ones which include their name do wonders. If my helmet looks cool, I’m more likely to be willing to wear that heavy thing. If my name’s on it, I’m less likely to lose it, and it will definitely improve my connection to my instructor if he or she always can remember (or read) my name when speaking to me.
Set everyone up for Ski School success:
- Greet your instructor warmly, as if he or she is already a friend of the family, as this will help your child feel comfortable, especially when you take your leave a few moments later.
- Involve your child in the pre-lesson discussion, making the focus on their fun and adventure.
- Call the instructor “Coach” rather than “Teacher," because who likes going to school on the weekends?
- Make your goodbyes casual. Exiting the scene quickly will help your instructor during that first bonding conversation. If your child doesn’t notice you leaving because he’s just learned a pirate joke, the odds of separation anxiety hitting later are low.
- If you’re not skiing yourself, make sure you dress for the weather.
In addition to the individual attention, children in privates get much more mileage under there skis and grow skills more rapidly.
Older children do better in groups than those under seven. Whatever their age, when a child who’s had some privates migrates to groups, they join the higher level classes which normally have a smaller student to instructor ratio and are taught by the most experienced PSIA certified instructors.
Do’s and Don’ts for After the Lesson
Before asking the instructor “How did he do?” ask your child if the skiing was fun. When you ask what the best part of the day was don’t be upset or surprised if they say “We had hot chocolate!!!” or “We built a snowman!” Your child isn’t likely to say “we played monkey-see-monkey-do to get us moving forward over our skis”; or “We played a penguin game called “Happy-Feet” to developing our independent leg action!”
If your child was moved down a level from their original group, this isn’t a cause for alarm OR disappointment. The ski school’s goal in adjusting groups is to give every child a lesson that moves at the correct pace for them and to maximize your child’s safety and fun.
Do: Learn what your child learned