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    We just got back from our annual "up north" vacation. We rent a nice place on a 98 acre lake with another family every August for a week. We have two girls,vthey have two girls, and everyone gets to bring a friend or two. So we had 14 girls with ages ranging from 12-19. This is our 6th year taking this trip. Every year we spend all day pulling the girls on the tubes. Personally, I hate tubing. Such a fine line between fun and injury. I've tried over the years to get the girls interested in skiing. I've taught a number of them to ski on two, and my daughters slalom. This year, both tubes ended up with big leaks that we just couldn't fix. The kids were devastated. Until I got the skis out.
    Everyone did great! All but one girl learned to slalom, one even mastered starting on one ski!
    The one that didn't slalom has never skied before and she did get up on two. We got great pictures and video. The girls were beaming they were so proud.
    You can't get that kind of satisfaction on a tube.
    The girls were all going home to ask their parents for skis!
    I had a great week.
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    That's great I love seeing kids learn to ski. Wakeboarding has really hurt skiing. A lot of kids see the flips and grabs they can do on a board but for me there is nothing like skiing.

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    • #3
      Sounds like a good time...did you mean a 980 acre lake? 98 would be pretty little.
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      • #4
        My 10 year old skied a lot this year as well and is learning to enjoy it. Initially I think he just did it as something new to try. Then little brother had to try too. He's 5 but has skied a couple of times this year as well and loves it. We have to make him stop. Its great family fun.

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        • #5
          No, I really meant 98 acres. It is plenty big for what we do. The WI DNR site says it's only 83 acres, but all the residents on the lake tell me it's 98. We are always the only ones making waves during the week we are up there each summer. It is clean, clear, and no weeds. Minimal muck, mostly sand/rock bottom with no low spots. It really is a great ski lake!

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          • #6
            I know what you mean. Although I did, and still do, pull lots of tubers. my kids ended up skiers, and even in the ski show at our little lake. My son puts me to shame on a slalom, and barefoot. Tubes are too easy and comfortable these days. I'll bet if they tubed the way I started, on an old truck tire inner tube with a line tied to it, got sucked through the middle every so often and ripped themselves up on the air-stem, etc, etc. I'll bet they would ski more.

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            • #7
              Lol...yes, good memories. The air stem was to be cafefully avoided!
              Now the tubes have cup holders...

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              • #8
                We have had success getting a lot of our teenagers up on skis versus tubing this year too. We have had them on wakeboards and kneedboars for several years, but this year got a lot of them skiing.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Drb007 View Post
                  Lol...yes, good memories. The air stem was to be cafefully avoided!
                  Now the tubes have cup holders...

                  ...and handles. Nothing like getting your hand/arm stuck between the line tied around the tube, and the tube - especially when you should be getting thrown OFF the tube

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                  • #10
                    That's awesome !
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                    (I still like to help with Force outboards !)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Drb007 View Post
                      No, I really meant 98 acres. It is plenty big for what we do. The WI DNR site says it's only 83 acres, but all the residents on the lake tell me it's 98. We are always the only ones making waves during the week we are up there each summer. It is clean, clear, and no weeds. Minimal muck, mostly sand/rock bottom with no low spots. It really is a great ski lake!
                      I suppose it's good when there isn't any competition. I have a client who went to college on a waterski scholarship and his dad dug a lake for him in their back yard for their Mastercraft. It wasn't 98 acres.
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                      • #12
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                        We're getting our kids on kneeboards, hoping to transition to skis soon. We don't mention wakeboards, and thankfully no-one has expressed an interest!

                        Great to hear that kids are still learning to ski, and getting the enjoyment & thrills of a slalom ski. We don't see too many kids learning where we ski here in Australia.

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