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So last year my 18 month daughter got her first pair of skis (lucky bums).  we had her walking around the living room and she rode between my legs a few times.  She loved every moment.

 

In looking at trips for this year i saw a number of resorts out west have programs for kids down to 19 months, but many of the resorts out east don't start till 3 or 4.  

 

Ideally, we would like a program where she can play with other toddlers (after a few days with mom and dad she was starved for child interaction) and get an hour or so on the snow with an instructor.  Can anyone recommend an Eastern Resort that has such a program?

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Are you looking for something during a ski trip?  Do you mean northeast U.S.?  

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At two, your options for instruction programs are going to be pretty slim. If you're determined to get the little one out on skis, mostly likely your only option is going to be a private lesson. In all honesty, at that age I wouldn't want to have anything but a private, just for attention and safety. However, you can sign your little one up for day care, and then arrange to have the instructor pick her up for her private from there. An hour private will be plenty for her.

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I'm a full cert instructor, and I've taught hundreds of kids to ski, so I know something about this.

Two is too young.

For one thing, there is simply no equipment that they can work.  Most 2 year olds can barely run without crashing. 

Teach her to have fun outside in all weather, and when she is begging you to take her skiing, then she's ready.  For my kids that was about 4 or 5 years old. Both of them are still skiing with me 30 years later.  Waiting didn't hurt their development at all. My son is still one of the best snowboarders I've ever seen. 

 

BK

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A variety of opinions in this discussion from Jan 2012 in answer to the question "How young is too young?"

 

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Originally Posted by WhirlibirdParka View Post
 

Having this discussion with the family & hoping we might find some input here.  I know that it will be a while before we can hit the bunny slope with our little man, but what is the youngest you would take your little one out for snow activities - tubing, sledding, etc.?  The wife says we can't do any of that until our son's at least four or five - I'm hoping for earlier.  We live in the South, so a ski/snow trip is a pretty big commitment for us, but I'm dying to play in the snow with him!

 

Thanks for any advice! 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109216/how-young-is-too-young

post #6 of 13
Just get her out there in the snow playing with the gear. Kids really don't get the muscle control until 5 or so to actually show progress. But just getting them out there is the most important thing. I remember being asked "what if the baby doesn't like to ski?" I replied " the baby won't know it doesn't like to ski, it s like asking if a fish doesn't like to swim..it's all the fish knows, the same with the baby, we ski in the winter, its just what we do"
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A ski lesson for a two year old is the same thing as playing in the snow for an hour or two with a pair of ski boots on.  You don't need to hire an instructor to do it unless you are looking to ditch the kid so that you can go play for a while.  In that case, I'm sure you can find a ski school in your area that offers a program that will work for your child.  Where I teach we offer a program called Mini Elite for children under 3, which is basically daycare with a couple hours of "skiing" thrown in.  It is a great first introduction to snow sports and both the kids and parents seem to enjoy the program equally. 

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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post

A ski lesson for a two year old is the same thing as playing in the snow for an hour or two with a pair of ski boots on.  You don't need to hire an instructor to do it unless you are looking to ditch the kid so that you can go play for a while.  In that case, I'm sure you can find a ski school in your area that offers a program that will work for your child.  Where I teach we offer a program called Mini Elite for children under 3, which is basically daycare with a couple hours of "skiing" thrown in.  It is a great first introduction to snow sports and both the kids and parents seem to enjoy the program equally. 

This what I had in mind, "ski school" was probably the wrong term... I don't want to put her in a daycare that keeps her inside all morning...

We are looking in New England... We live in Atlanta so we want her to enjoy the few days we get on snow
post #9 of 13

I would suggest looking into Stowe. Stowe has Cubs Daycare, which is right next to the beginner slope. Stowe also offers a Kids Super Start lesson. It is a private lesson for kids starting age 2, it runs from 8:30-9:30 each morning. That way she can get an hour out on snow, and transition right into daycare, where she can rest and recoup from her hard work.

 

http://www.stowe.com/explore/childcare/

http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/private-coaching/

post #10 of 13

Most mountains will probably offer day care of some sort.  Some will allow you to buy a pull-out hour lesson; some won't.  Your child might last an hour outside, but maybe not.  Two "lessons" outside in ski gear could be scheduled, one for morning and another for the afternoon.  But for most 2 year olds it's a waste of money for  pull-out lesson, because it will end up being your kid walking around, maybe sliding, and falling a lot and playing in the snow, maybe with skis on and maybe not.  Twould be far better to put your child in day care and YOU take your child out in boots/skis for a while to play, once in the am and another time in the pm.  45 minutes is good for each time, if you can extend it that long. 

 

If you are very determined to teach your child to ski at 2, you do it.  Get a leash and ski with your child as often as possible.  Or if you don't like the leash idea, perch your child between your legs, both of you on skis, until the whole gliding on skis thing becomes natural.  You need to be good on skis; you don't want to topple over onto your kid with you both on skis.

post #11 of 13

Check out Okemo. They have great programs for kids. http://www.okemo.com/activities/snowsports/lessons/children.asp

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One thing to keep in mind for lessons: most of the places we went required the child be potty-trained for them to attend any lessons. I don't know about day-care; I assume it's different.

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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

 

If you are very determined to teach your child to ski at 2, you do it.  Get a leash and ski with your child as often as possible.  Or if you don't like the leash idea, perch your child between your legs, both of you on skis, until the whole gliding on skis thing becomes natural.  You need to be good on skis; you don't want to topple over onto your kid with you both on skis.

 

I hate to be contrary, but I'd strongly suggest against a leash or skiing between the legs. Practically nobody knows how a leash is supposed to be used correctly. A leash isn't designed to be a support system to control a kid's direction and speed, it is meant to be a prompting system to nudge the child into turns. Most parents are holding that leash with tension in it 100% of the time. This is teaching the child that safety and speed control are in the back seat, which is a very bad pattern to get a child into. If you haven't been trained to use a leash correctly, don't use one.

 

Skiing with your child between your legs is just a monumentally bad idea, regardless of your skiing ability. I've been instructing children for over 10 years, and I would never put a child between my own skis like that. I dont' care how good I am, that child isn't as good as that, and he's apt to tangle his skis with mine, causing a crash. Or if another person hits me, then we have two adult bodies and a little body tumbling down the mountain... generally doesn't do well for the little body. Please don't ski with your kids between your legs, its dangerous.

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