We borrowed a training leash from my sister that my dad used to hold her back until she learned to control her speed, and after a few runs on the magic carpet she was ready to tackle the chairlift. She actually wanted to ride it all by herself and it took some convincing to let Paco go with her. She is so brave!
On her very last run she also decided she was ready to ditch the training leash and bombed it to the bottom, stopping on her own before my dad or I could catch up. Living in Texas will make learning more challenging, but she's off to a great start. Hopefully we'll be able to get her to snow every couple years so she can keep advancing. I'm looking forward to the day when she can be my ski buddy!