Sorry toddlers, not yet. The earliest age to start teaching the kids to ski is between 3-5. By this time your children will have developed sufficient balancing skills and at this early age they will learn naturally and quickly to develop a familiarity with the concept of the sport and the equipment.
If you are not a strong skier yourself, it is best to enroll the youngsters in a ski school. They will be taught good technical habits right from the start and will sometimes learn faster when sharing the experience with other kids. If you are teaching your children to ski yourself, try and pick days that are not too cold and unpleasant so that they don’t associate negatives with the sport.
Slow and steady always wins the race. With the proper guidance and patience your children will be able to enjoy the great outdoors and the sport of skiing for many years to come. The sooner you take the time to train them, the quicker they can be left on their own on the hill. And that, is a win, win situation for everybody.
Some Pointers For Teaching The Kids To Ski
- Keep the sessions short. The kids will tire quickly using new muscles and will need to take breaks every hour or so. The hot chocolate break is one of the great benefits of skiing.
- For safety and control, use a harness system to keep the kids in front of you. You can use a Ski Training Harness to gently guide them down the hill and to assist them with the turning process.
- Sometimes you may want to do some of these DIY lessons to see if your kids have an interest in the sport. There is a pretty good chance that if you love it, then they will love it too.
- Make the learning process fun and at a pace that’s comfortable for your child. We are all different and learn in our own way.
- Choose a ski resort with plenty of beginner hills and runs.
- Don’t use the chair lifts right away. Spend the first day on the bottom part of a gentle slope. Gradually progress to longer runs on bunny hills until you are comfortable to take them on a chair lift run.
- Keep some energy snacks in your pocket and take some time to refuel while checking out the scenery.
- Start by walking around in the equipment. Walk up a few yards and then ski down. This will get the kids comfortable in the boots and skis.
- Practice getting up. As you probably know, this is important!!
The best tip of all is to “Keep Them Warm.” There is nothing worse than being cold wet and uncomfortable on the slopes. Properly outfitting the young skier is one of your most important jobs. They won’t want to go skiing if they develop negative associations with it.
Shop Here For Ski Wear One of the great benefits of starting kids skiing at a young age is that they are relatively fearless and they love trying new things. Keep them safe with these tips, but get them going. Skiing as a family can be a lifelong activity. You can enjoy the thrills, the laughs and the good family times for many years to come.
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