My first mini and me lesson. Tried to set up reasonable expectations right at the beginning, which would be most focus on Bryson and showing Matt how to help young man develop into a great skier. Bryson is 6 years old. Neither had eye protection which we had to rectify without too much difficulty. Started out on flats of base area rather than go up to Congo/Safari. Boy actually has pretty good motor skills already and can glide on one ski, turn his feet in desired directions. Enthusiastic young man and very proud dad. Dad learned more about being patient and allow son to enjoy himself in the new environment. Dad is a veterinarian. Boy is still in kindergarten. I think he said they are from Pueblo.
The three girls had had a lesson with Tony M. in early February and Naudia ended up breaking her arm. Today they were signing up for a family private so they could stay together. Naudia would barely let her skis slide she was so scared. Even in our slower exercises she did not want to let the skis slide. She had a huge wedge and she was practically walking down the hill. The other girls and mom took to it very easily and were making laps while I stayed with Naudia.
These nice folks are from San Jose, CA. Teri actually lives in Colorado Springs right now. Taylor had lessons recently and Teri had learned to ski when she was six. Eric was the only one that didn’t have previous skiing experience. I feel like I went though this 3 hours very methodically, one step at a time. By the end of the lesson we’d skied Rookie. I think skiing this run is quite successful for a never-ever lesson. Eric did well. I think he had his work cut out for him as the girls already had experience. Went through the usual level one routine. Of note however, was that by the end of the lesson I was asking them to balance on one arch while twisting the other foot to make turns. I was able to communicate the degree to which they were to apply those forces. They were making pretty good turns for the first time up Tumbo and skiing Rookie.
Mom is Carrie, Allie and Amber are twins, Ian is big brother. Dad dropped them off and seemed like he was hesitant to leave. He also showed up very early before the lesson was over near the bottom of Snowflake to watch our progress.
The twins had just turned 10. They were more like 9 year olds with lots of moving about. So part of my goal was to getting ’em to calm down and move less to stay in balance.
Mom seemed terrified. Ian was rarin’ to go. This was really three lessons in one in three hours.