MORE Tips for Parents

2013 Feb 3
By Kevin Jordan 
LSSM Leadership Team Member
PSIA-Rocky Mountain - Alpine Examiner, Children's Examiner, and Freestyle Examiner psia aasi
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Top 5 things parents should look for in a ski school
1. Does the ski school provide training to their staff? Most every school does, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. When is the training and how much training do the instructors receive?
2. Are the instructors certified? Professional Ski Instructors of America – American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) offer certification pathways and professional development. Like PSIA-AASI says, “Go with a Pro” because a certified pro has had some professional growth, development, and experience.
3. How long are the lessons? Many ski schools offer different products. Maybe your kids need a quick tune-up or maybe they could spend all day in ski school, freeing up Mom and Dad to take some runs. You know your kids best, so ask how long lessons are and then find the right amount of time for your child.
4. What are the class sizes? The ski school should be able answer this with a typical class average. You could also inquire about private lessons. However, private lessons will most likely be more expense for that one on one attention.
5. What happens if there is an incident? What if my child gets sick? You will want to know what the procedure is just in case something happens. If a child gets sick, do they call me right away?
Top 4-6 things ski instructors wish parents knew
1. It is okay to leave and check back in later. Many times, students do better when Mom and Dad, whom they are trying to impress, are not around. Those parents that are hanging around tend to get dubbed, “Helicopter” parents pretty quickly. Let your child have a group experience and make new friends. They can tell you all about their experience after the lesson.
2. Make sure they eat a good breakfast. Believe it or not, kids will expend a ton of energy in a lesson. If they eat a well-balanced breakfast, they are less likely to crash before lunch and get the most out of the lesson. Make sure they are well fueled.
3. Make sure they only have one pair of socks. Wearing two pairs of socks will cause blisters really quickly.
4. Make sure they are well-rested before the lesson. If you get in late or had delays while traveling, it might be worth holding off on a lesson until the kids are well rested.
5. Be there at pick-up time. If the lesson is over at 3:00 pm, be there at 3:00 pm. No kid likes to be waiting around on Mom and Dad. Plus, they may want to ski with you.
6. Have realistic expectations. Kids need mileage to improve. Lesson levels become a huge milestone and the higher they go in lesson levels (i.e. Levels 1 through 9), the longer it takes them to move from one level to the next. Have realistic expectations. They will get better being in a lesson. 

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