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03-19-2014 07:36 AM
marie4214 May the snow gods be with us
03-19-2014 01:02 AM
leesamgentry Thanks everyone,

all good info and it is looking like private lessons might be the way to go from now on. We will see how far they can get at camp this year. Many times in the past my 10 year old has been in an essentially private lesson because he was more advanced than most of the other kids. The problem he is facing now is that the 7springs level system does not account for park skills so since this is what he is working on now, he is stuck kind of between levels 6 and 7. In general the junior snowsports school is good there, as evidenced by my 8 year old progressing from never riding before to level 6 in just 4 days. Can't complain, I have booked private lessons for myself there to get to the point were I can ride with the boys. I think I need another lesson as well.

10 year old did get the new board he wanted. Capita Microscope. Good news is he has another board that actually fits me and since I am not growing anymore, looks like I have a new board. Just need bindings.
03-18-2014 02:23 PM
SnowDogWax
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Thanks for the tip. I have always had a chat with the instructor before each lesson day and made sure my son was clear on this goals. They do have gravity park lessons which is what I always request but usually it depends upon having an instructor that day who is qualified to teach in the park. This time there were only 2 instructors because there were only 10 kids enrolled that day. My 10 year old was with 3 other girls who were all level 6 but they were not interested as much in the park. In the past, I have found that the instructors (especially the younger ones) tend to use these lessons as a chance to get a few runs of their own in, instead of providing a lot of instruction since my kids can hold their own on most hills. The other scenario for my younger son was that he was progressing much more rapidlly than his classmates so the instructor told him he wasn't going to be able to teach him for a while since the other class members needed more help. I suppose I should just get them private lessons from now on.
Next time sign him up for the advanced group lesson, chances are your son will be the only one in the class if it's an advanced group. Hope the instructor noted on your sons report that he was to advanced. 7Springs keeps good records of each lesson.
03-18-2014 01:06 PM
Banana12 Ah, I did not realize they were in group lessons. We don't have many group lessons besides beginner lessons at my mountain, and even then it can be tough with some people progressing much faster than others.

At this point private lessons are most likely worth it over the group lessons for them. I don't know what the price difference is for you, but with the private lesson ALL of the instructors time and focus is spent on progressing your child, which is most likely the better deal of the two. Additionally, if you can find an instructor you like make sure to request them next time, they normally get a small bonus and you know that you get a competent teacher. win-win
03-18-2014 11:08 AM
leesamgentry Thanks for the tip. I have always had a chat with the instructor before each lesson day and made sure my son was clear on this goals. They do have gravity park lessons which is what I always request but usually it depends upon having an instructor that day who is qualified to teach in the park. This time there were only 2 instructors because there were only 10 kids enrolled that day. My 10 year old was with 3 other girls who were all level 6 but they were not interested as much in the park. In the past, I have found that the instructors (especially the younger ones) tend to use these lessons as a chance to get a few runs of their own in, instead of providing a lot of instruction since my kids can hold their own on most hills. The other scenario for my younger son was that he was progressing much more rapidlly than his classmates so the instructor told him he wasn't going to be able to teach him for a while since the other class members needed more help. I suppose I should just get them private lessons from now on.
03-18-2014 08:53 AM
Banana12 I would think 7 Springs offers park lessons if that's what he wants to progress at. To get the most out of the lesson have specific things he wants to learn/work on (like ollie on rails, or hitting jumps with more control) and converse about that with the instructor pre-lesson so that everyone is on the same page.

The same thing can apply to learning moguls, just make sure you let the ski school know that is what he needs to work on when you sign up for the lesson to ensure that he is paired with a suitable instructor for that.
03-18-2014 08:01 AM
leesamgentry Yes ironically the morning we left was beautiful with fresh powder and not too cold either. My son really wanted to stay another day and I would have preferred this also since I enjoy snowboarding in the fresh snow more than driving in it. I think many were headed to 7 Springs yesterday because of the lucky snow. Hope everyone who was able to get out there enjoyed.

Now that we have probably finished our season, I have to update the boys' skill levels for High Cascade. 10 year old spent most of the weekend working in the park riding rails which was good practice for him. He did not progress a level however, because I think moguls is next and he hasn't tried that yet. 8 year old has moved from level 1 to level 6 in just 4 days on snow. I have him in soft start at HC but I think he might be ready to move up now. older one bet him he could not ride a box so of course he took the challenge. His instructor says he is now up to riding blue terrain with confidence. Very proud of these boys. Maybe they can coach me to be able to link turns. Problem now is that if they really want to work on new skills (especially older one) they need more specialized coaching I think which may be hard to get at 7Springs Jr Snowsports. They last 2 times he has been there he basically had more of a riding buddy than a coach. Any thoughts?
03-17-2014 11:29 PM
emc19 Heading up bright and early tomorrow morning. I'm hoping they got atleast 6 inches last night and the glades on north side will be ride-worthy again.
03-16-2014 03:52 PM
leesamgentry Well I rode the lift and made several runs down the green trails. It was a little frustrating because I am very comfortable on heel side but not so much on toe side. I think I need another lesson to help with linking turns. My 8 year old told me that I was stuck in parallel and that is bad. Since my first time on a board was at the age of 43 I don't think I am doing too terribly bad, but the kids are picking on me a little. I'm just glad I can actually ride the lift with them and hold my own.
03-16-2014 03:38 PM
SnowDogWax ^^^^
My daughter who snowboards has my Grandson who is 7 at 7Springs for a ski lesson till 3 also. Glade to hear your kids will soon be ready for the High Cascades.
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