Unless you happen to be a professional ski instructor, you probably don’t do everything like you should.

It’s understandable, and not a bad thing, but you don’t want to be passing any bad habits onto your children; they need to learn exactly the right way to do it, and ski instructors can help them with this.

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This doesn’t mean you can’t take them out on the slopes when they’ve had a few lessons, but give some instructors the chance to go over all the basics and the safety information. Make the most of it by signing your kids up to a ski school in Europe that has slopes you can go on too – that way you can meet up afterwards and hear all about their experiences.

It’s a popular misconception that skiing is a dangerous sport but the figures show otherwise. For every 1.4 million people who go on the slopes, one death can be expected – and that includes unrelated causes such as heart attacks.