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Ski games for kids?

Discussion in 'Family Skiing' started by ski diva, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. ski diva

    ski diva Administrator Staff Member

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    Anyone know any ski games for kids that make skiing fun and help them develop skills?
     
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  2. marzNC

    marzNC Angel Diva

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    The first one I learned from an instructor after my daughter when to ski school at age 4 was Red/Yellow/Green Light. Very useful. Once the kid has more control and can do a quick stop, can be essentially Red/Green Light.
     
  3. Kimmyt

    Kimmyt Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Oooh, I'm following this one. We played a lot of 'follow the leader' when I took my 8yo niece skiing, but she was a solid green/blue skier. We would just make a variety of turn shapes and sizes and try and get her to follow us.
     
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    Albertan ski girl Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Like @marzNC - my DD loves red light/green light, but we also added in 'purple light' for fun. Purple light means skiing backwards :smile:
     
  7. ski diva

    ski diva Administrator Staff Member

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    Any other suggestions?
     
  8. socalgal

    socalgal Certified Ski Diva

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    I'll report back after my trip next week:wink: It's going to be my nephew and niece's first ski trip. They each have a whopping 1 day previous experiences.
     
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    How old? Where are you going? Big mountain or small?
     
  10. ski diva

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    I took my grandson out yesterday. He's six, SUPER competitive, and wants nothing more than to go fast. To slow him down and play into his urge to compete, I had us do turning contests -- the one who did the most turns in a designated area won.
     
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    Jilly Moderator Staff Member

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    That's not just for kids. We did that as part of the clinic 2 weeks ago. It's something that is measurable. You did X in L space. I did the best of the "students" in the first run. Got beat in the second one.
     
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  12. socalgal

    socalgal Certified Ski Diva

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    We will be at Mammoth :yahoo: And I finally get to start my season!!!!!:dancing:

    DH was able to take the nephew, 10, for an all day lesson up at Big Bear (smaller local mtn) last Sat. Our 12 yo niece we were able to take once last season to Big Bear. They have never been to a big mtn. We will also have our DD, 4, who will be starting her 3rd season and loves skiing.
     
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    Sounds like great fun. I imagine the tween cousins will be anxious to get better than the 4yo as soon as possible. Although it will be tough because she's going to be able to do a lot this season. I started my daughter at age 4. Only three short trips that season but she made amazing progress since she loved ski school.
     
  14. socalgal

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    Already we are seeing big strides forward with the whole lot. Not too many games/drills, but I do try and incorporate them when I can. We've spent a lot of time in the terrain parks-- these provide a lot of opportunities for speed control, balance, and timing.
     
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  15. marymack

    marymack Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    I'm a fan of:
    Red light/green light
    Simon says
    Follow the leader
    Depending on age, make believe like driving a train, flying a plane, going on a safari
    Setting up obstacle courses with ski poles
    Skiing letters (Ski a letter C, ski a letter Z, Ski a letter J, etc.)
    How many turns can you do in a particular area
    syncro-skiing (either side by side or one in front/one behind)
    flat spinning (great for edge awareness)
    hockey stop slides (get up some speed and see how far you can side slip before you stop)
    "the pole game" great for getting people to look up, you ski down a ways on the trail while the other waits above, you hold up either one pole, two poles or crossed poles ("three"), and as the person skis down to you they yell out the number that they see as you keep switching it.
     
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    2ski2moro Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    Snowballs!
    Tell them too make a snowball.
    Take their poles with you and ski down the hill a bit.
    The game is that they have to ski down the hill, making (5 or 10 or 15 or whatever) good turns, while holding the snowball (and their shoulders) downhill pointed at you.
    If they can get to you while still holding the snowball downhill, they can throw it at you.
     
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  17. Sheena

    Sheena Ski Diva Extraordinaire

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    When I was skiing with my kids this past weekend, they were a little scared of what was for them a "steep" drop down to the green terrain. I decided to make it a game for them and remembered a game they played in swim lessons to get them to practice their front crawl strokes. They have to ask the "leader" what time it is and the "leader" tells them a number. In swimming its how many strokes they have to make. For us it was how many turns. So when it was "steeper" they were busy counting their turns, and were not concentrating on it being steep.