Originally Posted by JohnH
I one-week-a-year skiing family is not going to try to introduce their kid to skiing at 2-3 years old.
You'd be quite suprised what you get from the DC crowd... I've seen far too many things that make absolutely no sense from normal sane individuals. Some people are just of the opinion that anything is possible if you throw money at it... but that's another story. These things do happen though.
|However, you need to consider your audience here. We're the 1%ers. My daughter first skied at 2.5, and skied 10+ days at 3.5 years old, then again at 4.5. FYI, she loved it. She loved the one-on-one time with Dad, the pride of accomplishment, the feeedom, etc. I taught my daughter not only how to ski, but how to love the outdoors, how to love physical activity, the love of winter, and a whole host of physical accomplishments, which otherwise she may have never learned because she is otherwise somewhat unathletic. If I let her sit around and watch tv until she was 6-8 years old, she may never have never even opened up to the idea of being physically active.
I do aplaude your effort, and I'm a firm believer that if you have the time to spend to do it, it can be a rewarding experience and invaluable as a bonding experience. My dad grew up in vermont but his first experience skiing was at the age of 55 when i first got lessons. I still try to ski with him at least once a year and it's some of the best quality time i've ever had.
You may be right, I probably have not properly considered my audience and could have framed my arguments in a better context. I'm from a hill where most of the clientelle is weekend warriers from the DC metro area. The majority are not season long skiers so i can only speak from that experience. Many are not familiar with the risks involved or that it is an athletic activity in skiing and view it much like playing in the pool or throwing horse shoes (not trying to get into a risk analysis).
|Also, as a side note, if you take small kids, who's upper legs are too short for their butts to reach the back of the seat, and push them back until their backs touch the seat, you're asking for a serious accident. the kid will be leaning so far back, they they can just slip right under the safety bar, especially if the seat is somewhat slippery. Always have the kid sit upright, with their calves all the way back, touching the front of the seat. Have them put their hands on the bar. If you ever need to slide a kid back on the seat, do it from the knees or pulling from the back of the belt/waist. Do not push the chest or abdomen toward the back of the seat. All you'll do is straighten them out, and when their back hits the seatback, the downward momentum of their shoulders will push their butt forward.
I've had plenty of experience riding with the kids and never take my eyes off of them when we're in the chair. I have noticed that when they hold on to the bar they tend to want to lean down and out over the edge of the chair more. When i have a very small one they usually need assistance getting into the chair anyway so i place
them with their backs upright, not just touching
against the back of the chair. most times this means that their legs are straight out, usually with these small ones there's not much hanging out over the edge of the chair, just boots and skis. I have never had a problem, and feel much safer than if the kid were sitting with maybe 8-12 inches on a seat with his legs dangling and the wieght of his skis trying to pull him out of a chair. It may be a seat design issue, but all of our chairs slope backwards and force you to the back making it much harder for the child to slide out with his back upright against the chair.