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Old 02-10-2010, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all. New here. First a little intro. Great forums, lots of awesome info. I currently reside in WV - 2.5-3.5 hours away from a handful of resorts (Snowshoe, Wisp, 7Springs, etc). I've been snowboarding for about 15 years (kind of misleading) but only riding about once a year (and missing a year or so at that). I've managed 3 day trips so far this year and have a 3-day trip to Snowshoe coming up. For whatever reason, I've got the fever this year. After watching Snowolf's videos (excellent btw), I now know that I've been linking turns all wrong - oops! Only this year have I had enough confidence to hit some easier blacks. After watching those videos, hopefully I'll improve even more.

I've got 2 rugrats - a 21 month old boy and a 4 year old girl. The girl's been in gymnastics for a couple of years now and can do a better handstand than I ever could. She's also pretty good on the bars and beams (if a bit overzealous).

I just jumped on a "blemished" Chicklet 100 (along w/ boots/bindings). My intent at this point isn't to teach my daughter how to do anything but stand up on the board and since we've got some snow on the ground locally, drag her around on it, maybe let her coast down some small hills. That'll probably be the case next year too. I've read a few posts about starting kids out and most suggest skis. I think if I were closer to a resort and we could go often, I might've done that. At this point though, she can tool around on the board when we get snow and when she's old enough to really learn (probably a couple of years down the road), she'll have a little experience under her belt.

Seems like it might've been a lot of cash down the drain but she's pretty tiny. The 100's probably going to be a touch long for her and the smallest boot they had is a couple of sizes bigger than her current shoe. Since I don't intend to teach her how to side slip, traverse, turn or any of that right now, I wasn't too concerned. We'll see! Maybe the board will last her a couple of years (given the suggested weight range - it ought to, unless she has a major growth spurt!)

I guess right now I'm looking at it as a pretty expensive toy! I wish like hell we lived a mile from a resort and I could get her (and myself) more into the sport (or skiing if she so desired) but at this point I'm just hoping she enjoys it, picks up on it some and can get acclimated enough that she'll be riding sooner than later.

If you read all of that, thanks! If you'd like to offer up any insight into getting kids involved in snowsports (especially when you don't live close to a resort), I'm all ears!
Jeremy, WV
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just showing them how much fun it is to slide on snow regardless of the equipment is the way to go. My suggestions it that when you do get to a resort and actually get to ride with the kids be carefully on how your attitude might be affecting their fun. I've seen parents try to push there kids to fast to learn and or get upset when the child could't pick it up right away, or even worse letting there kid ride out of control with total disregard for safety. If you notice yourself becoming impatient , itching to ride, and or just sitting back not being active if their riding put the kid in a lesson and then go have fun. The instructor probably knows many more games then you do and it will be a good experience for both of you. At the end of the lesson if she isn't to tired go have a run with her and have her show you all the things she's learned.

Outside of being at a resort teach them how to have fun in the snow, building forts, snowshoeing/cross country skiing, the local sled hill. If you teach them the cold and snow is an opportunity for fun then chances are they will pick up and like snowboarding later in life when you either live closer to a mountain or get the chance to visit more often.
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