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Is it too late to join a freestyle skiing team?
I am 16 years of age and I want to know if it is too late to get into freestyle skiing. There is a local team with signups comming our soon for next season and I want to join it, however I’m not very good at freestyle skiing. I can do 360s 180s railslides and butter’s. I would rather get coaching before I join a team but it is just way to expensive. I know that if I join a team, then I’ll get coaching during practice and stuff but everyone else will be doing corks and flatspins while I’m trying to learn a 540 or something...
Yo dude my brother felt exactly the same as you. He just started making friends with the kids on the team and skiing with them naturally makes you better. Just do it bro it's fun as hell
I would 100% do it unless you are in a tough financial situation. Skiing with people better than you makes you a lot better than skiing alone. Who cares what they think honestly. Every skier no matter how good they are can enjoy a newer skier thats trying to send safely and have fun. Everyone started from the bottom... the only thing to get better is to try new shit and get a hype squad
Definitely the team route. And 16 is a perfect age for a team as well, honestly. I saw a lot of kids join the same team I was on that were your age and excelled tremendously and were some of the best skiers ive honestly ever seen in my life.
And like most sports with teams you can join, they're so beneficial in tons of ways. You get to meet cool people, support each other, sorta develop a brotherhood/sisterhood of shredders that you'll grow with and become good friends with for life and just being in the culture of freeride teams alone was worth the price and taught me a lot about skiing. Valuable lessons to be learned about lots of stuff.
I’m actually gonna say no but not because I think it’s too late. I honestly think coaching is a waste of money once youre past a certain skill level. I’d honestly say you are past that skill level. I grew up skiing on a ski team and there is literally no difference in ability between my friends who grew up on a ski team, and my friends who grew up just skiing park on there own/with their friends.
I quit skiiing on a team when I was 16 and learned more skiing park with my friends than I ever did on a team. No hate for any teams or coaches, I understand how they could be beneficial for a bunch of reasons.
Traveling with the ski team is some of my favorite memories from high school.
I was definitely one of the worst skiers on my team, and I still had fun and got better, it was no big deal.
is it to late? no
16 is a good age for it.
Joining a team is a good way to ski with homies and develop new skills but it really depends on your preferences, some people like to do their own thing and learn on their own, some like to have guidance. In all honesty I would say there is nothing overtly negative about either, so if your interested and don't have much ski buds, do it.
if I ever had the opportunity to join a team I would have. I feel like it would be a lot easier to progress as the team can be a good motivator.
So I say yeah unless you're really putting a strain on yourself or others financially, because in reality you can learn all the same shit off of youtube vids and asking around if you are engaged enough. I have never had a day of coaching in my life or anything and I'm looking to start throwing flips soon. (next time I go actually)
so theres an argument for both sides take with it what you will.
**This post was edited on Mar 15th 2019 at 12:35:05am
I skiied for a team and it made me fall in love with the sport on a whole new level. Now im coaching and from both sides, it is clear if you want to take your skiing to the next level properly and quickly you need the help of experienced riders.
Waste of money, just find some homies who are at your skill level or higher and you will progress if you push yourself
I would recommend joining. Not only will you get coaching you also make a slew of new friends with the same love of skiing. Even though it may seem intimidating you will learn a lot.
it's never too late to achieve your dreamss
Same question as OP but 26 instead of 16
Not at all, do it at any age
Send it I’m sure they would be stoked to help you out outside of practices. Gives me so much satisfaction to teach people tricks.
Hey OP I started skiing for the real when I was 16. I skied once or twice when I was 4 or 5, then spent 11 years on a snowboard. I am now 22 and still progressing more than ever. I have never spent one day with a coach or a team. Everything I know I learned through analyzing videos and practice. The benefits of joining a team depends greatly on where you live and what types of training facilities the team can provide access to. If the team has access to water ramps or a progression airbag that's a huge bonus. A team can also get you into the comp scene early and teach you that side of skiing.
For me, the best part about skiing is enjoyment and freedom. That's why I didn't join a team.
It is never too late. Join up you will improve and have a blast. You arw never too old to try new things unless ur over 40 then ur too old
Waiting until your good enough to join a team is a bad idea. The whole idea of it is to progress. Maybe some kids will be assholes / cocky but Im sure most will help you out letting you progress even faster.
Seize the opportunity OP, dont let your dreams be dreams
bruh free skiing aint a team sport. Don't sell yourself out like that. Find a crew of ryderz (i.e. C Crew) to hone your skills
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