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Old 06-20-2014, 09:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I know lessons have been mentioned, but I would add the word 'private' to that as well. Talk to the people who run the school and get a recommendation.

Don't just accept any name they throw out there, make sure they find the right person, even if it means waiting a day or so until they are open. A very close second after securing your money is they really do want you to succeed, so you just have to make sure they stay focused on that and find the right person as opposed to filling a slot. Call a few days ahead of time, talk to them and secure your spot.

I'm going to put my quack hat on for a second and say that the fact she won't let you help her might suggest she may do better with a female instructor from a confidence stand point. (I do , but that's for other reasons... ) The whole Spice Girl girl power thing.

For the chair, not sure if you bought her gear or not, but if so make sure she has a stomp pad. Crashing on exiting the lift is just part of life for a little bit. Try not to let her stress on it and if there are options choose lifts with a long straight exit as oppose to hurry up and turn or fall off the cliff of death.

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Old 06-20-2014, 12:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I know lessons have been mentioned, but I would add the word 'private' to that as well. Talk to the people who run the school and get a recommendation....
I wholeheartedly second this!!! 1 or 2 private lessons (with a good instructor!) will do far more for her progression, skill & confidence than a months worth of your average group lessons.

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....For the chair, not sure if you bought her gear or not, but if so make sure she has a stomp pad. Crashing on exiting the lift is just part of life for a little bit.

....if there are options choose lifts with a long straight exit as oppose to hurry up and turn or fall off the cliff of death.
...again, a Stomp Pad is a really good idea! It did wonders for my ability to manage the offloads from the lifts! And yes,.. a few crashes are always going to be a part of dealing with lift lines! Especially in the beginning.

Although the second part of that statement will generally be utterly beyond her ability control. I've seen offloads on bunny hill runs that freaked the shit out of me! Short, steep, and a nice big fence or pole to crash into 10 ft. after getting off!

And then again,.. I've seen more than a few Blue or Black runs with nice, easy mellow run outs for the offload before turning to face the "Steep assed wall of Death!" Lol!! So go figure!

Good luck with her progressing this season!
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