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I want to learn how to ski and hopfully with my 11 yr old. I've always heard it's an expensive hobbie. Is it easy to learn?
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posted at 1/28/2013 6:11 PM EST
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I want to learn how to ski and hopfully with my 11 yr old. I've always heard it's an expensive hobbie. Is it easy to learn?

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/28/2013 9:54 PM EST
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 I went skiing once and ran into a tree and broke two ribs & bruised my tail bone that hurt to sit down for a month. Don't think I"ll go ever again! Smile

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/28/2013 10:10 PM EST
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Celeste, I went skiing a lot when I lived in the Colorado Rockies in the 1970's. It wasn't all that expensive then, especially if you owned your own equipment. I took a few lessons from an instructor, and I highly recommend that to begin with. If you're in good physical shape, you won't have much trouble with skiing. It is work until you get your body used to using muscles in new areas. We moved to southern California in the late 70's and went skiing locally a few times. The snow and slopes weren't as good as Colorado, and it was starting to get expensive. We couldn't afford the time or expense to ski when our sons were born, and then I got too acclimated to warm weather. It's now too cold for me to think about skiing. lol lol Our now-adult sons went skiing in Mammoth the beginning of this month and couldn't believe how costly it was. A 1-day ticket was $99, and one of my sons had to rent his equipment on top of that. It has gotten quite costly here in California to ski. I don't know about other areas of the U.S. Hope this is helpful!

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/28/2013 11:52 PM EST
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I've always been too chicken to try skiing lol.  Good luck Celeste.

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/29/2013 1:52 AM EST
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I went a few times in the mid seventies.I spent more time in the lodge trying to get warm than skiing.I guess skiing just wasn't for me.The hot apple cider with brandy was good though.lol lol lol !

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/29/2013 7:47 AM EST
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I have never gone skiing and probably will pass this sport by.

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/29/2013 8:49 AM EST
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I like my bones in the locations they are now thank you very much.

I think if you start with an instructor and check where you are skiing they may have "deals" if you take lessons and possibly stay where you are skiing.  You may get a reduction on the cost of lift tickets or lessons.
I think it might be less expensive if you go mid week.  A bit difficult if you are taking a child but if it is just the 2 of you it might be worth it for a "girls getaway".

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/29/2013 4:23 PM EST
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I've always wanted to try, my older girls did snow boarding which I am scared to do LOL I asked my 11yr (she is like and only child since her older sister is 15 yrs older than she is) if she would like to go snow boarding and she looked at me like I was crazy. So I suggested skiing and she said she will try it if I do it. I have been wanted to for years to try, however I am still a little chicken LOL. I am not in the best of shape but trying things to help keep my 11 yr old active.

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/29/2013 8:16 PM EST
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Hi Celeste,  I am not a skier, but we own a small condo at a ski resort in the Tahoe area.  Our daughter and daughter in law ski, and our son in law is a snow boarder.  Of our 5 grandkids we only have one serious skier.

First of all, it is not cheap, lift tickets are expensive, but some resorts are more expensive than others.  A little research would probably help.  I don't know which area in which you are interested.   Ski equipment is best rented for the first time or two.  Sometimes there are rentals of demo equipment, which give you the best equipment at reasonable prices.

I am sure you would be best to take lessons.  You need to know the basics before you venture out on the slopes.  Start out on the easy slopes, and very important be sure you wear a helmet.

If you get hooked, there are often ski swaps early in the season, especially good for kids who are growing.  At the end of the season there are usually good sales on equipment.  If you really get hooked season passes are usually a good buy.

I hope some of this helps.  If you have any questions I can either find out for you. or enlist someone who knows.  My husband and I used to enjoy snow shoeing, and some like cross country sking.  My knees keep me from doing much now.

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/30/2013 9:08 AM EST
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sorry i don't ski

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/30/2013 9:11 AM EST
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never went skiing my grandchildren do and daughter and son does

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/30/2013 9:45 AM EST
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I use to ski but I am to old now to do it and the cost is also to high for most peoples blood

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/30/2013 11:56 AM EST
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I don't Ski but there  is a lot of people that go to Coloado from here in Nebraska
that go and take their kids. The kids love it . but they were young when they started
skiing.

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/30/2013 12:52 PM EST
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I tried it once many years ago.  It was fun, but too hard to stop once I got going.  Of course I only did the "bunny slope" since I didn't know what I was doing.  We did lots of ice skating when we were kids.  When I moved to MO it was only cold enough to make decent ice once every couple years.  Since the cattails have invaded the shallow end of our pond I haven't been skating.  I think it has been about 4 years.

Re: Skiing

posted at 1/30/2013 1:26 PM EST
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Sorry, not a snow skiing person - love water skiing, however! Much warmer and usually doesn't hurt as much when you fall! Wink

Re: Skiing

posted at 2/1/2013 1:09 PM EST
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Talked to the 11 yr old about it and she said "not ready to die" WOW didn't realize she didn't want to do it at all, She just said  yes to make me happy. Oh well sounds like I would save a bundle not doing it! LOL

Re: Skiing

posted at 2/1/2013 3:18 PM EST
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I live in Colorado but I dont ski...alot of trees out there and I would probably run i to one of them

Re: Skiing

posted at 2/2/2013 6:47 PM EST
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We just returned from our condo at Tahoe.  We have a ski lift that runs right by our window( we are on the 2nd floor).  We had fun this morning waving to all the skiers that were "floating" by.  I also must tell you that we also have a ski run that runs by our building.  This morning two children maybe ages 5 and 8 were outside on the ski run trying to put on their skis.  We laughed and laughed.  What agony it is trying to put on skis.  Pretty soon their dad came by and helped them.  I wish you could have seen the 5 year old trying to help the 8 year old.  They both had helmets on and once the skis were on, they took off with Dad down the hill!!!

Re: Skiing

posted at 2/2/2013 7:51 PM EST
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I think when I do skii i will be the laughing stock! (I wont mind) I still want to try with or without my daughter! Maybe I can get my husband to do it with me (along with a long list of things I've been wanting to do)

Re: Skiing

posted at 2/2/2013 11:19 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Skiing:
We just returned from our condo at Tahoe.  We have a ski lift that runs right by our window( we are on the 2nd floor).  We had fun this morning waving to all the skiers that were "floating" by.  I also must tell you that we also have a ski run that runs by our building.  This morning two children maybe ages 5 and 8 were outside on the ski run trying to put on their skis.  We laughed and laughed.  What agony it is trying to put on skis.  Pretty soon their dad came by and helped them.  I wish you could have seen the 5 year old trying to help the 8 year old.  They both had helmets on and once the skis were on, they took off with Dad down the hill!!!
Posted by Barbara B


Barbara, you made me laugh about your description of people floating by! Smile