Learn to Ride Like a Pro
Posted by Rollinglobe Crew on February 08, 2012
Think it’s too late to go pro?
We never say never, but if you fear you’re past your prime, why not shift your attention to the next generation? Because who knows, your child might be the next Lindsey Vonn or Travis Rice.
… But how do you foster the little pro-in-the-making?
Fear no more, skiers and boarders with baby on, well, board. This season, your favorite Colorado ski resorts are offering a TON of Learn to Ride programs, and Ski+SnowDeals is here to hook you up with the best deals in town.
Those who are Breck-bound have just about every option at their disposal, starting with their Mountains of Discovery program that gets kids aged 3-13 from all levels out of the ski yard and onto where it really counts, the mountain. Teens intent on going pro (pro ski instructor, that is) can take the Junior Instructor-in-Training Camp, where they better their own skiing abilities while learning teaching methods AND prep skills for acing their Professional Ski Instructors of America certification.
And it wouldn’t be right to forget first-time boarders, who’ll feel right at home in the TWO-DAY Beginner Snow Camp for kids aged 7-13, where campers learn the basics of snowboarding in a fun and safe environment. It’s yours – er, theirs – for only $199, which includes lunch.
If you really want to get your little skiers good, sign ’em up for a private lesson with a world champion at Aspen/Snowmass. The Aspen Demo Team is a collaboration of ski professionals who share the common objective of being the best in the world when it comes to synchronized skiing.
And when we say best in the world, we mean it.
This is a solid lineup of Aspen Skiing Co's finest pros, each of whom is ISIA-certified (International Ski Instructors Association) and holds the highest level of instructional certification in either the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), Canadian Ski Instructors Association (CSIA), Australian Professional Snowsports Instructor (APSI), New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) and Asociación Argentina De Instructores De Esquí y Snowboard (AADIDES).
Not only that, but Aspen/Snowmass is also offering a “Kids Eat, Ski & Stay FREE” deal this March and April. Kids aged 7-12 ski and stay free with the purchase of lodging and a comparable adult lift ticket of four days or more. Kids also rent free with the purchase of a comparable adult rental of four days or more AND the package includes one group lesson for kids aged 7-12.
Remember those parent-teacher conferences in elementary school? They were lame at best, but what if they were on snow? That conference just got a lot cooler.
Keystone’s Mom, Dad & Me program offers an hour-and-a-half parent-teacher conference (of the skiing and riding variety) every day. At the end of each day, the instructor who has been working with your child breaks down the day’s lesson and imparts first-hand advice on how to continue advancing your little boarder or skier’s skills. Not only that, but the parents also get tips on their own skiing or riding, so it’s the perfect way to ensure the whole family can ride the learning curve.
With Keystone’s 50% OFF lodging promo and their kid-friendly $5 value meal available at all on-mountain cafeterias, a family ski vacation has never looked better.