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Old 10-31-2011, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's been a while since I've put my kids in ski/snowboard school, but my sister and BIL and their kids (ages 6, 8, 10) are coming from the East Coast to spend their spring break in NL Tahoe with us the first week of April 2012. All of her kids would be first-timers on skis/boards. Her two younger kids will be taking ski lessons, her 10-yo will be taking beginning snowboard lessons with my 10-yo (skier-turned-snowboarder, has taken snowboard lessons twice before but is still a beginner).

Some questions:

1. We're thinking of Squaw/Alpine or Northstar.

2. Does it make sense to do a full week of kids lessons at one resort, or split it up, like a few days at one resort, then a few days at another resort?

3. Can kids handle 5 days straight of beginner lessons, or is it better to do two days on, one day off, two days on?

The adults and my older son will be boarding and skiing while the younger kids are in lessons, so I guess the kids lessons will have to be full-day.

(I posted this in the Location Reviews section since I'm asking specifically about Squaw/Alpine/N*, but would like to hear recommendations for kids lessons at other places in NLT as well)
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There is a guy out there named Nathan zelena that I have met personally and my son boarded with him for 8you days up on hood. He works at heavenly mostly though. Great guy, super friendly, great with kids of all levels. Zelenanj@gmail.com or 775-586-7000 ext6904.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1. We're thinking of Squaw/Alpine or Northstar. Not familiar with the area so no input

2. Does it make sense to do a full week of kids lessons at one resort, or split it up, like a few days at one resort, then a few days at another resort?
You can split it up but I recommend at least two days at the same resort to start off with. If they really like their instructor keeping them with the same person can really help. Sometimes an instructor can travel to another resort and teach. So if you want to change it up this "maybe" a possibility
3. Can kids handle 5 days straight of beginner lessons, or is it better to do two days on, one day off, two days on? At that age is really comes down to the activity level of the kids and how much in shape they are and how long the lessons are. The 8 and 10 yr old will probably be fine three days in a row, but the six year old will probably be beat after two. The more in shape they are and how they acclimate to the altitude will come into play. They even be able to go straight through all five days but I wouldn't count on it. Make sure to get the instructors feedback because they may want to go more but if the instructor notices a noticible drop off in skill through the day there is a good indication they are starting to tap out physically and when this happens likelyhood of injury increases. Even with adults we have noticed at my resort start to fatigue by the end of three full day of lessons.(a general observation from experience and student feedback)
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