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    January 2019

    Teaching Kids to Ski – Part 2: Little Drops

    *This is Part Two of our Family Ski Series. Read Part One for more information on how to share your love of skiing with the next generation or Part Three or Part Four for more tips.

    Raised by the Mountains

    Do you want to share your love of the mountains with your children? Teach them to ski with passion as much as skill? Follow along with @chrislennonski and @sastrugi_gill  in this five part series as they share some of the tactics they use to raise mountain kids in a skiing family. Written by Chris Lennon: freeskier, writer and grom Sherpa living in Squamish British Columbia.

     

    Ski passionately on the mountain

    Ski tip 2: Little Drops

    I’m a big believer in letting kids ski.  Particularly at the elementary school age, and even more so when they are your kids, a parent’s primary job as a ski coach is to keep them safe and guide them to appropriate terrain to facilitate skill development, build confidence, and have fun.

    1.  Find a scary but safe drop. Here we found a nice little pillow of snow with an intimidating appearance and a soft landing. It provided a perfect opportunity to get some mileage jumping off a little feature and build confidence “jumping off cliffs.”
    2. Provide guideance. I was able to give a little assistance in line choice and a reminder to pop into the air on take-off.
    3. Let them try on their own. Other than that I just let her go for it.
    4. Repeat. After the successful first jump, I was also able to set the boot pack and help her back on the feature to repeat the feat a handful more times.

    See the slideshow below for these steps in action.

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    Here we found a nice little pillow of snow with an intimidating appearance and a soft landing. It provided a perfect opportunity to get some mileage jumping off a little feature and build confidence “jumping off cliffs.”
    Photo credit: Gillian Morgan @sastrugi_gill
    Snow credit: Whistler Blackcomb

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    I was able to give a little assistance in line choice and a reminder to pop into the air on take-off.
    Photo credit: Gillian Morgan @sastrugi_gill
    Snow credit: Whistler Blackcomb

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    Other than that I just let her go for it.
    Photo credit: Gillian Morgan @sastrugi_gill
    Snow credit: Whistler Blackcomb

    4/4

    After the successful first jump, I was also able to set the boot pack and help her back on the feature to repeat the feat a handful more times.
    Photo credit: Gillian Morgan @sastrugi_gill
    Snow credit: Whistler Blackcomb

    Read Tip 1: Learning to Air Turn or check in later for Round 3 or Round 4 of Family Ski Tips!

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