Skiing, Snowboarding Lessons Begin At A Young Age
Ski Instructor Corey Langus, left, teaches Arianna Kamvar 5, of Trumbull, proper technique during beginning 'Snowhawk' ski lessons at Mohawk Mountain Ski Resort in Cornwall. (BETTINA HANSEN/HARTFORD COURANT / February 6, 2010)
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Programs, PricesMost New England ski resorts offer skiing and snowboarding lessons. Here are a few at the Learning Center at Mohawk Mountain:
>> Level: Snowhawks (ski, ages 5 to 9) and Ryders (snowboard, ages 6 to 9); beginner to all mountain levels; $59 half-day ticket and lesson.
>> Level: Ryders and Slyders (ages 10-13); beginning to all mountain levels, ski and snowboard; $59 half-day ticket and lesson.
>> Level: Parents and Tots (age 4) For parents who want to ski with their 4-year-old for the first time. $75 for lift ticket and lesson.
For details: www.mohawkmtn.com, 800-895-5222 or 860-672-0161.
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Herb Wollowick, supervisor of the Snowhawks program, aimed at learners ages 5 to 12 at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, swears skiing is easy to learn if you build the right skills first. Mohawk, like most ski resorts, offers ski and snowboard lessons for all ages.
"Everybody says, 'Let's go on the highest slope first,' but you know, the real idea is to make sure people know what they're doing first and do it safely," said Wollowick.
Snowboarding can be more difficult to learn. But acquiring the skill has its benefits.
"If you're carrying a snowboard, people automatically think you're 10 years younger than you are," says snowboard instructor Hilary Carlin.
Carlin, supervisor of the Mini Ryders snowboarding lesson program, has been at Mohawk Mountain for seven years and remembers one hesitant "couch-potato" student who overcame a bad attitude to ride the board with basic skills within a few hours of his first lesson.
"He had a Kool-Aid grin on his face, and he was so happy. His mom came out, and she was in tears," said Carlin.
The gentle slopes and manicured snow at Mohawk Mountain make it friendly to first-time learners, with programs tailored specifically to younger learners. Older ski and snowboard learners can opt to take it slow in private lessons or special clinics.