I have a 5 year old (turning 5 in mid November this year) who I would like to have learn to ski. I have shown her Youtube videos of skiing and she says she wants to learn, but of course, it is a lot different watching ski videos on Youtube than in real life.
How do I go about evaluating whether my 5 year old is ready to learn to ski? This is what I know.
We tried swim lessons last summer. She refused to get her face wet. We went through the entry level swim lesson (preschool aquatics 1) 5 times and she never got her face wet so she never passed. She thought the lessons were fun otherwise, but didn't seem to care that she wasn't progressing.
We tried teaching her how to ride a bike last summer and she has a bike. She needs to learn to pedal backwards in order to stop (we live on somewhat of a hill) and she refused. Instead, she thinks I need to run beside her, with my hand on her seat at all times so I can stop her. This is a bike with training wheels.
Prior to a pedal bike, we tried a balance bike. She never figured out a balance bike and decided she wanted a pedal bike long before she ever learned to balance on her balance bike.
We had her enrolled in dance for a while but she decided she wanted more recess time and didn't want to continue with dance.
She gets very nervous in front of crowds of people when parents are watching her.
So in short, we have had zero success at any kind of sports with her.
I'd really like her to learn to ski, but I'm concerned that it will be a waste of money this year for the cost of gear, lessons, and clothing.
What are your thoughts?
(Folks - I'm requesting only recent parents of little ones to comment on this thread. It's easy for lots of people to have opinions, but if you don't have or recently had kids around this age, I'd kindly ask that you keep your thoughts to your thoughts to yourselves.)