Up North: Chester Bowl Provides Ski Poles and Pizza Slices

Chelsie Brown
Updated: January 03, 2019 02:29 PM

As the snow fell on day two of the Chester Bowl Ski and Snowboard Camp, just about everyone took advantage of the winter wonderland. Whether it was making a snowman, catching flakes on their tongues, or actually working on their skiing skills, snow lovers were happy to get out in the snow.

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"They've been teaching me to keep my toes, like tips together," said five-year-old Petra Eltink-Hourigan about the camp instructors. "Don't take my hands off my knees otherwise I might fall," she added.

Chester Bowl holds advanced and adult ski lessons, but the five days during the camp were focused on teaching beginner and intermediate youth lessons.

"We start out on the bunny hill teaching kids to get their perfect skier stance which is to get their ski tips together making a little pizza slice," explained ski instructor Izzy Laderman.

For Laderman this camp comes full circle. Years ago she used to be learning how to navigate the same hills at Chester Bowl.

"I learned how to ski at Chester Bowl and here I am, a ski instructor now. It's a really good place to learn how to ski because people actually really care about helping you," said Laderman

Teaching kids how to keep their balance, control their speed, and stop on their own are the main things instructors teach skiers at the beginner level. Laderman also ads that she and other instructors make sure to use kid friendly terms that will stick with little ones.

"They call the little part that you keep your skis together pizza and I really, really like pizza," said Eltink-Hourigan.

For all lessons, parents were expected to assist their new skier or snowboarder to help provide a safe environment for their kids to learn. One perk was that the parents got to see them improve day by day.

"It's just wonderful how they let the kids sort of dare a little bit," explained Petra's mom Jeni Eltink. "They know they're going to be caught, they know they're going to be safe, so it's really encouraging."

"It's amazing, I mean, I can't believe how young they start. My son was not the youngest one in his group either," said Michelle Nephew. "It's just crazy. Only in Duluth do you end up with three and 4-year-old's skiing down a hill.


Chelsie Brown

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