In the late sixties when my wife and I were both instructing we took our only son Alex out with us while still in diapers and if he needed changing while playing in the lodge the girls at the ski school desk or a ski instructor would do it, no big deal. He was born in April, so he was just shy of two years old when he slid around on those shorty skis you see in the pictures.
Then, when he not quite three, skiing on those longer skis you see in the color shot, he broke his leg by stepping with one ski over the other, the cable binding didn’t release for a kid who weighed so little, even at their loosest setting.
At four and five we just let him and the kids of the other instructors loose on the hills since all instructors would kind of look out for them and take great pleasure in kidding and challenging them, they were really outgoing kids and folks had a lot of fun with them. At six, seven and eight he was already racing but never was interested in later years to be an instructor or patroller, so at eighteen when we no longer could keep him on the free family pass we instructors get, and he had to pay for a ticket, he lost interest and stopped skiing except for ski trips he took with us. In later years he got involved with business and go married to a non- skier and only in the last couple of years, since we started our grandson at three and a half did he again take up skiing and also his wife started and loves it.
Our granddaughter who is two and a half has been playing in the lodge all last winter, goes out in the snow to play some, but again is looked after by instructors since we still know most of them. We will introduce her to skiing next season but the lodge and hills are familiar to her since she spent at least one day a week out there. My grandson skis the whole area in control at medium speed and we’ll introduce poles to him next season.