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post #1 of 8
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My granddaughter will be two in March. I'd like to introduce her to skiing (next season, not this season) I think. How do I start? Should I do something this year? There must be a wealth of knowledge about this out there.

post #2 of 8
Contact PSIA-E (518-452-6095)and ask which ski areas have Advanced Children Educators.

I know Stratton has someone with this rating running their children's school. These instructors know how to handle kids of all ages and abilities. They also know how to handle the different types of parents that come along with the kids.

Reading one of your other posts-go for accreditation or Masters. You'll learn a lot of neat stuff to add to your Level 2.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 18, 2001 06:29 PM: Message edited 1 time, by KeeTov ]</font>
post #3 of 8
The thing to do with toddlers, Iskivt, is to let them experience fun in the snow setting with the family. Do things like take her sliding on a plastic toboggan (not on the ski slopes), do some cross country with her in a backpack carrier, get some of those discount store plastic skis that will attach to her regular snow boots and let her slide down a bump in the yard. You get her up the bump and she slides down to another family member. NEVER MAKE HER DO ANYTHING SHE's RELUCTANT TO DO. Realize she's a lot closer with her whole body to the cold of the snow than you are, so she'll chill much quicker.

When she can jump rope or ride a two-wheel bike, she's ready to experience real ski boots and skis. Again, I'd do the thing where you let her slide down a gentle slope from one family member to another. If that goes OK, consider hiring a non-family instructor who specializes in tots.
post #4 of 8
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kneale Brownson:
When she can jump rope or ride a two-wheel bike, she's ready to experience real ski boots and skis.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry to disagree with you Kneale, but I remember my early years skiing in France and Austria, where children were learning to ski as soon as they could stand up. (and they weren't old enough to ride a 2 wheel bike!)

I'm not saying that everyone should force their kids to learn, but if they enjoy it, and have a good instructor, let them have fun, don't make them wait!

That's my 2 Euros. [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #5 of 8
Forced marches through the snow at night.
Standing at attention in sub-zero weather wearing only pajamas.
Being suspended upside down from the bottom of chairlifts.
Hiking the course even when there's a lift available.
Ingesting p-tex candles.
These are all keys to making your children good skiers, and secrets of the Austrian ski team.
post #6 of 8
There isn’t any way you can “instruct” a 2 year old to ski. You may play with them on snow while they learn to slide on snow with skis. I agree with Kneale’s first paragraph, but I’m surprised he suggests waiting so long before trying real skis and boots.

Both of my children were skiing way before they knew how to ride a two wheel bike or jump rope. They are now 10 and 6. I started them both around age 2. I didn’t make them walk up the hill to slide down. I started off by putting them on the chair with me on the easiest slope we have. I would hold them between my legs and guide them. I did this for two runs each weekend the first season, usually at the end of the day when it was not too nasty out. They were thrilled. Riding the chair was like an amusement park. I hate rear entry boots, but I used the smallest pair from the rental shop and the shortest skis, 80cm. I bought the stuff used from the rental shop for $25. They didn’t realize the stuff wouldn’t get rented it was too small. These skis and boots have started my siblings and friends children skiing since my first child was finished with them.

Look into some of the items for sale by Steve Lathrop,Apple Rise Sports. He has a line of products specifically for “young-uns”. I liked the pole with the dowels through it. You can pull or push the child across the snow. He advertises in SKI magazine. I have used the edgy-wedgy, the pole, and a harness. I have used ski poles and bamboo poles. To slow the children down, they hold them like handle bars with me on the other end.

My older child pays me back now by towing me to the chair.

Have fun!

post #7 of 8
I have to agree with KB on the when to start them on "real equipment" Since kids move differently than adults and their bones/joints are still very loose usually until they reach age 6-7 it is not really necessary and may be counter productive to put them in "small adult equipment" Unfortunatly there are not a lot of great options. And of course all kids develop differently. If your kids are doing gymnastics at 3 I suspect their motor skills would handle skiing fine.

As far as when to start playing with them on the slopes, As soon as they seem ready and willing. I started taking my friends kids for "rides" down to the condo from the lodge or down the beginner (never ever areas) slopes between my legs at 2-3. Just walking on the snow and playing helps them develop balance and the feel for sliding...

Listen to the the kids. The'll let you know when they are ready and Have fun..

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 19, 2001 07:17 AM: Message edited 1 time, by dchan ]</font>
post #8 of 8
Two is a very impressionable and experience learning age. All things new will have a very deep and lasting impression. Keep this in mind and all will be fine. The environment must be safe and comfortable. No blizzards, rain, noisy lifts or out of control skiers.

Think of the event as "playing in the snow" and let the child work up to skiing with gentle guidance.

This year pick a beautiful day, rug up and go play snowmen with hot chocolate afterwards.


Oz [img]smile.gif[/img]

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 19, 2001 07:40 AM: Message edited 1 time, by man from oz ]</font>
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