We’re all about getting kids out on the slopes and learning to ski as soon as possible!
Why is skiing good for children?
- It’s great physical exercise
- It helps to improve balance
- Increases cardiovascular function
- Once they learn, you can ski together for most of your life
- Like swimming and riding a bicycle, the earlier they learn the better they will pick it up
- It’s fun!
Kids are naturally far more fearless than we adults – they’re also much more flexible and nimble, and willing to get back on their feet after falling down. Leaving it too late to teach them to ski could put them off the sport entirely, but allowing them to make mistakes young mean as a teenager they’ll be fully competent.
Some children can start learning to ski as early as two, although we would generally suggest around three or four to be safe. Age is less relevant than how they feel in their bodies – if their muscle control and balance is good, they should be good to go.
The main considerations when teaching young children to ski are making it fun, going at their pace, and allowing for their short attention spans and stamina. They may only be up for a few goes on the slopes, but don’t try to push them or it isn’t going to be fun; and if it isn’t fun, they won’t feel excited about going again. You can use incentives like a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows for when you return to the lodge.