MOUNTAIN LIFE - Ontario | Winter 2016 - page 28

“It’sso important tobepatientwithyour kids.
I’veseensomegreat skierswhodidn’t really
bloomuntil theywere 13or 14. Forme, it clicked
after I stopped racing, unfortunately, and then
I reallyunderstood. Skiing isanart and it takes
time to learneverysinglestepof theperfect turn.”
– IngridGerol
After many hours on the magic carpet, Gerol
moved into a ski race program around age
eight, giving her another perspective on the
sport. “When I raced, I saw parents get very
frustrated with their children, wanting them
to win right away,” recalls Gerol. “It’s so
important to be patient with your kids. I’ve
seen some great skiers who don’t really bloom
until they are 13 or 14. For me, it clicked after I
stopped racing, unfortunately, and then I really
understood. Skiing is an art and it takes time to
learn every single step of the perfect turn. Let
your kids follow their hearts—if they aren’t into
racing, let them try park skiing. Just let your
child be free to love the sport.”
While she’s teaching at Blue this winter, Gerol
is also taking the Sports Media program at
Ryerson University. “I wanted to combine
both of my passions for media and sport,”
explains Gerol. “I would love to get into ski
broadcasting—to travel with the circuit and get
to cover those athletes. It would be a way to
followmy passion for the rest of my life.”
If you’re looking for Level 1 Instructor Kadin
Senten at Blue Mountain, try the terrain park
first. The Grade 11 student took a much different
route to the Blue Mountain Ski School but he
quickly found his niche. Senten was a Kids at
Blue summer camp regular, hiking and biking all
over the mountain, but didn’t get his start on
skis until he was nine.
Senten started takingWednesday night lessons
and by age 11 he knew he wanted to start
skiing the park and pipe. “I was about 11 when
I started going into the park, right after I started
skiing,” Senten explains. “I kinda hated the
park at first,” he laughs. “The falls are tough
but my friends helpedme and then I took some
of the Blue Mountain terrain park lessons. They
give you the basics and then it’s just about
putting inmore time after that.”
Last year, Senten worked as anAssistant Pro
in the Kids at Blue program and, after he got
his Level 1 instructors, he taught in the Blue
Mountain Snow School. This year, he’ll be
instructing again but will also be working in the
terrain park. “I’m going to work onmy Level
1 Park Certification this year andmy Level 1
Coaching,” he explains. “Having been through
the programmyself, I totally knowwhere the
kids are coming from. It’s a great environment
and I love helping them out. ”
So this year when you shake hands with your
new instructor take a fewminutes to ask them
about their Blue Mountain history. Chances are
they perfected their pizza and french fries on
these very same slopes.
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