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Old 11-19-2015, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for input fron instructor with experience teaching young kids.

Ok! So my 6 year old grandson wants to take up snowboarding.
His parents will pay for lessons but his older brothers took a lot of practice during the lessons to master Heel and Toe side slides.
I want to build a small practice area, sort of a Burton Ringlet Park clone, in the back yard where he can work on this skill, . I am wondering just what height I should make the "pile" and just how long the slope should be for a reasonable practice area.
He will continue to get lessons but I am hoping this might accelerate his learning curve if he can practice between lessons.

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Old 11-19-2015, 02:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think you'd be better off finding a local hill that kids use for tobogganing instead. Ideally you'd want at least 100' of continuous even slope, mild pitch but not too flat (you need some pitch to properly heel/toe slide).

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Old 11-19-2015, 07:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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unless you got a slope and snow in your would be better just to get lessons on the hill. other than that perhaps a trampoline with board and boots on. but I'm not an instructor. The other thing is to get him on a bosu ball or an old skate deck with a liter plastic bottle with water in it...for him to get the feeling of balancing.
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Old 11-19-2015, 09:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I thought about tobaggan hill, but local hill faces the sun and is usually pretty packed and icy, not sure you would get any plow effect. Will check it out.

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Old 11-19-2015, 09:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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At 6 he'll just be glad to be outside playing in the snow. You don't need much. That said, what's you backyard look like? He's not going to learn how to snowboard per say, but he'll get used to sliding around a bit on it which will be huge when he really does go someplace to learn.
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Good info in this article :
If you do a web search for "terrain based learning" you should find some more info.
You don't need a hill to learn to snowboard!
I would avoid the local sledding hill. If it's like mine, as soon as there is now, it's packed with kids sledding. This means you and your grandson will be more worried about collisions than actually learning.

With a small(2-3 ft high), gentle, wide(4-5ft wide) roller to flat ground or preferably a slight up hill (with another roller at the end of the flat if you have the space), he can learn to balance, go straight, turn toe side and heelside, Ollie, and do small linked "S" turns. The key is to make sure there is nothing he needs to be worried about dodging or hitting(dog running around, picnic table, fence, etc) so he can focus on fun and riding.
I will be doing something similar with my 19month old daughter this winter.
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Old 11-20-2015, 04:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks jlm1976
that was exactly what I was looking for.
Allow limited skill practice so time at "real hill" will be more productive.
Once the skill level exceeds setup you describe then pro instruction is only option.
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