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舊 2014-12-15, 09:18   #1
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How to teach your kids to ski

Daron Rahlves who is one of the best downhill racers in US history gives some advice on teaching kids to ski:

Age 1 – 2
• They Have To Walk Before They Can Ski: When Rahlves’ kids were just 15 months old, he put them on the living room carpet in their boots so they got used to walking in them. Then he clicked them into little skis so they got used to shuffling around in them. “They would fall over, stand up, start walking – after 2 months they were cruising around the house. Ok, now we’ll try snow.”
• Make Sure Their First Day Is A Warm One: “You don’t want to be dealing with tons of clothes, blowing wind or other elements on that first day.”
• Don’t Buy A Ticket The First Few Times: Pull or carry them a few hundred feet up the gentlest slope you can find – often just in front of the lodge at a ski resort works fine – and send them downhill from there. Wear good waterproof boots, so you can run alongside them and offer encouragement.

Ages 2 – 3
• Not All Bunny Hills Are Created Equal: If you have different resorts to choose from, look for bunny hills that have magic carpets instead of chairlifts, t-bars or pomas. At Rahlves’ home hill, Sugar Bowl near Lake Tahoe, the beginner run is groomed so there are gentle banks on either side of the trail, which helps kids learn to ski back and forth across the fall line.
• Employ Bribery: Rahlves further encouraged turning with a pocket full of gummy bears that he’d use to coax them to the left and then back to the right. “It was like teaching a dog with treats,” he admits. “I was baiting them.”
• Don’t Use A Harness: “They can sit back on it and then you’re holding them up. Instead, I ski next to them with a pole. They can hold on to it, but they have to stand up on their own and I can still help bring them around through turns.”

Age 3 - 4
• Move On From The Bunny Hill Only After They Master Speed Control: “Once they showed me they could ski in a wedge and then stop, we went up to do mellow long runs. But you have to be on it – they’ll get into these flying wedges and start going because they see the older kids going fast, but they don’t have the leg strength to stop. It’s about going slow, then making turns and not the other way around.”
• Don’t Skimp On The Experience: “Go on little adventures – pick a spot with a nice view on a sunny day and take a pack with snacks, have something to eat and drink and then go skiing. My parents did that, took moments to enjoy the outdoors, and it really stuck with me.”
• Avoid Weekends If You Can: “They’re in their own world, just darting around. On the weekends, you have to look up hill the whole time and always be yelling at them because people are bombing by you. Midweek is much less stressful.”

Ages 4 – 5
• Employ Peer Pressure: Rahlves put his kids on a ski team when they were 4. “It’s the best thing I ever did because they man up when they have a little rat pack to ski with. With mom and dad around, they pull that card left and right, ‘I’m tired, I want to lay down.’ When their friends are around, they don’t want to be wussies. With the team, they really stepped up a bit more.”
• Encourage Pride Of Ownership: By this age Rahlves’ kids had full kits, and they were expected to carry their own gear from the truck to the lifts. “Carrying all that stuff is a pain, but they can do it and they have to learn: This is your gear, you have to take care of it and get it to the ski hill.”
• Ignore That First Bit About Warm Days: “I have a buddy whose kids are on the team and, if it’s crappy, he’ll pull his kids out. If it’s raining, snowing, we’re still doing it. We take more breaks, but they’re tougher than the kid who’s always pulled out.”
• Always Shut Them Down Early: “Pull them off the hill when they still have another run in them. Go get hot chocolate. That way, they’re fired up for the next day.”
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