Granddaughter’s Ski Lesson Day 2 – Six-Year-Old Skier and Her Good Luck Charm

Athletes have pre-game rituals to give them an edge on game day. Some eat the same pre-game meal, follow an exact series of steps when getting ready or wear the same article of clothing. If they believe this helps, maybe it actually does translate into better performance. But for kids, there is no question about it –  a good luck charm is something special.

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Norah, my six-year-old granddaughter, didn’t realize she had her “something special” safely stored in the pocket of her ski pants. On the drive over to her second day of Reindeer Club Ski Lessons (for age 5 – 6 year-old kids), she exclaimed, “I don’t have my good luck charm! I need it. Yesterday, I didn’t fall since I had it.”

 “Don’t worry, it’s there,” her mom and I reassured her.

 When we got Deer Valley, she pulled out a little plastic dinosaur that was no bigger than a quarter. Daniel, her instructor the day before, had given one to each of the girls in their lesson. It hit me. I stood back on my heels in realization for a minute and smiled to myself.

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“Genius,”  I thought,  “the coach gave her a fun little confidence builder.”

A six-year-old learns very differently from an adult. A ski lesson for child, especially a lesson that lasts a good part of the day, needs to involve skiing fundamentals, of course, but also plenty of snacks, and a whole lot of fun.

“What is your good-luck-charm’s name?” Her mother asked.

“Speedy,” said Norah as she tucked the little plastic toy back into her pocket. Off she went to connect with her group knowing with confidence that her day would be great.

It was.

At dinner later that night, she told the whole family about Rooster, the avalanche search and rescue dog.  Their group had taken the the big chairlift (Carpenter Express) to a big run (Success) where they met him.

Anticipating meeting the puppy, these kids weren’t focused on the challenges of riding the “big lift” or skiing on a “green run.” They rode the chairlift and skied down with confidence and excitement.

Genius!

(Meet Rooster – here.)

On her second day on the snow, this little pint sized skier with a good luck charm in her pocket, was already making S turns from the lift that had intimidated her the day before. (Read more about Day 1 here.)

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She was excited to come back for more!

Hmm, I wonder if a good luck charm will work for me. I am going to try it!

How about you?

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A little too much powder for me! Hope it’s mostly light dusting during ski hours next week, otherwise I’m going to be eating a lot of snow

11 hours ago

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Glad you guys are getting some much needed snow.. Keep dumping

6 hours ago
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Fresh powder now

5 hours ago
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Abigail we should be there!

12 hours ago

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Shoulda been here.

8 hours ago
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WOW - great powder!!

12 hours ago
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For short people?

10 hours ago
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Can’t wait.

8 hours ago
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Deep, looks good. We should shoot for some place like this Bonnie Angela, be a fun time

11 hours ago
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Jealous

11 hours ago
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WOW --- Serious POW . . .

8 hours ago
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REally pretty!

11 hours ago
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What the heck!!

7 hours ago
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I love it

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Cool 😂

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Tyler Firth Matt Rutherford

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Don’t sleep in! It’s a powder day.

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Looks pretty. I think that’s near Park City. Tony’s niece lives in Park City.

15 hours ago

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And I have to turn my car air conditioning on when returning from my ski trips here in West Virginia

13 hours ago
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YIPPEE!!'

20 hours ago   ·  1
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Skied it with my entire Family 9 years ago. Son its there now.

9 hours ago
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Christian you’ve always been awesome skier! And I’ve been to steamboat at least 3 times with you!

10 hours ago
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Tony I’m Getting Itchy May have to fly out there for a long weekend 😛. Why do u have to keep teasing me

20 hours ago   ·  1
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Wish we were there! 80 degrees in Houston today. Needles to say, no snow or mountains.

10 hours ago
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It was def deeper than 8

8 hours ago   ·  1
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Hey Kimberly Trevino and Gary Silk... The Snowbird forecast was for 3 To 7 In today. Yippee!

18 hours ago
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See ya soon Boss

14 hours ago
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My happy place

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I’m ready!

16 hours ago
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On our wayyyyy

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