Join Date: Jan 2008
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interesting teaching technique at ride school
At our recent trip to Keystone, the ski/ride school had this really neat feature. Off to the side of their bunny hill they built a little "mini-run" with S-shaped banked turns that the kids could ride down and it literally forced them to initiate turns so that they could go down this thing. Without a picture handy, the best description I can come up with is that it kind of looked like a very large and wide waterslide with gentle banking S-turns made from snow. Using this thing, they had my daughter linking turns in less than a day of lessons. At the end of her lesson, we took her to the top of Dercum Mountain and she linked turns on the greens all the way back to the base lodge. This was maybe her second time out, with the first time basically learning how to strap in, ride the lift, skate, etc. (real basic stuff).
Is this a fairly standard thing? I've never seen it at the ski/ride schools at our local SoCal mountains, nor heard about it online or elsewhere. I think it's a really clever idea. Do ski/ride schools at other resorts use this technique for kids?
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