|Originally Posted by DougH
Here's a safety tip... get a babysitter.
These small children are physically too small and immature. That's why you are worried about them, as you should be. I believe it is irresponsible of parents to put these children in such danger and believe that their ski poles or a ready hand will keep them safe. And besides you know damn well that if one of these kids falls you're going to blame someone else, either the lifty or the ski resort.
Sorry guys, i'm going to have to agree. While you can argue that taking risks is inherant in everyday activities, I'd like to offer a different point of view.
First lets start with the basic premise that there are some general necessities for anyone attempting to ski: ability to abide by, and at very least, comprehend the responsibility code, and at least a basic ability to control your motor functions. I'm sure there are more but just humor me...
For the most part very young childeren (i'll pick an age of 3) can lack the motor skills to make a "wedge" or even the ability to maintain balance. Bi-lateralization comes at an even later age what they do with their feet/legs they mimic with their hands/arms (not seperate controled); hence no poles for little ones. There is a necessity to have the phisical ability to execute the most basic motor skils for skiing. Relying on a parent/instructor to basically hold you up and ski for you does not fulfill the aforementioned requirements. Child cognative ability is not my area of specialty but i'd venture to guess from personal experience, that a child that young doesn't have much perception of conciquences including death or serious injury. Short to non-existant attention spans don't help either.
There has been mention that this line of logic would negate swimming or other activities. Not so, skiing is not quite as simple as swimming, a child fresh out of the womb has the instinct to hold its breath under water, but that same child does not poses the instinct to stop itself on snow while attached to those "cute little skis and boots." there is a developmental level which must be achieved in order to acomplish skiing.
Now I ask you this. What is the imperative that necessitates starting skiing so young? If they can't retain or learn, why bother? The skills that may have been absorbed can be picked up in 1-2 years when the child is more developed, and can have a much better appreciation for the activity. What really is there for the child to gain? The child can have just as much fun playing in daycare or with a babysitter.
*Disclaimer* as pertaining to the general premise first espoused above, the author accepts that accomodations are made for special needs circumstances, and that the authors comments towards childeren should in no way be construed to be an attack on those programs.