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  1. #11
    Our kids have had an amazing experience in the Pico Ski Club program. The U8 coaches are amazing people. Really great people at every age level.

    With that said... my guess is there will unfortunately not be any programs anywhere this winter given the virus situation.

  2. #12
    We love Pico! From the website it looked like the U8 program was shorter than others (~2hrs vs ~4hrs) - maybe that was the intro program - we'd love to make that work. He is interested in freestyle (although has not done any kind of slalom), but most programs do not offer freestyle at 6 years old. Our interest is to get him first-rate instruction and let him gravitate toward what he is most interested in.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by JJMcClure View Post
    We love Pico! From the website it looked like the U8 program was shorter than others (~2hrs vs ~4hrs) - maybe that was the intro program - we'd love to make that work. He is interested in freestyle (although has not done any kind of slalom), but most programs do not offer freestyle at 6 years old. Our interest is to get him first-rate instruction and let him gravitate toward what he is most interested in.
    I believe the U8 and the U8+ is generally morning only, but if I'm remembering correctly from when our kids were that age they have an "extended day" option for kids that have the stamina for it. We never did the afternoon option at that age as we found the mornings only a perfect balance where we got some family skiing time in after lunch.

  4. #14
    Although I only had a few years involvement with BOC (my daughter started late) they are a fantastic group of administrators, coaches, kids and parents. It also appears - from my limited experience and what others have said - that it is a bit more laid back and family friendly (aka less drama) than some of the other programs (I've heard the same about Magic).

    I've also had numerous discussions with colleagues with young kids in the NYC area looking to get into programs. Two things I would note:

    1) As far as the racing experience, especially for a 6 year old, the size of the mountain is irrelevant. The smaller, local areas have great programs and enough terrain etc (This might not hold for the non-racing members of the family who will free ski).

    2) If you plan to drive each day you should definitely stay local. Even with a second home at Bromley, driving up each weekend, training, racing, driving to other area races etc was a lot. If you are doing day trips with a 6 year old I would limit the driving time.

    It is a lot of fun. I wish I had been more persuasive earlier on with getting my kids into racing.
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  5. #15
    Thank you for this info. I stopped by the BOC hut last season and spoke to the director who was so helpful and inspiring - I could tell that it was a 1st class program. It is comforting to know that there are a lot of quality programs in the area. I told my wife that I finally found a great forum - people like me who think about skiing in the 80* weather!


  6. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    My suggestion is don't do it. You will spend the next 10 years of your life standing watching gates and not skiing. I am a selfish jerk so don't listen to me.
    Haha, I appreciate your candidness - and now I have that playing like a stale tune in back of my head!

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    I'm not sure how serious you are, but if you are very serious about racing then you have to consider Burke Mountain and its program. It is a feeder for BMA. It is not "that" much further considering it is almost all interstate driving on I-91.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJMcClure View Post
    We love Pico! From the website it looked like the U8 program was shorter than others (~2hrs vs ~4hrs) - maybe that was the intro program - we'd love to make that work. He is interested in freestyle (although has not done any kind of slalom), but most programs do not offer freestyle at 6 years old. Our interest is to get him first-rate instruction and let him gravitate toward what he is most interested in.
    Pico is a well-established program as well.
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