If you are 2.5 years old, and you are buck naked in the warm comfort of your home, and you fall down, it's hard to get up!
So imagine being 2.5 years old, outfitted with nearly half of your body weight in clothes, heavy, stiff boots on your feet and long, slippery things stuck to the boots. Then go outside in the cold and snowy world. There's a lot to process!
Simply being outside in the winter is an accomplishment for a 2 and a half year old. So go tobogganing. Make the simple act of being outside and enjoying it your first priority. After a while, you can take away the toboggan and slide on your bums down a little wee slope. Get closer to the snow. Crawl around in it. Dig in it, throw handfuls of it up in the air! No snowballs, though... just let it drift down as if it were falling for the first time again. Marvel at the wonder of snow, absorb it's innocence reflected against a steely winter sky. See it as a 2 and a half year old. Plant a seed of passion and it will grow. Skiing is truly a sport of a lifetime and this is why.
Go skating. Lightweight helmet and a chin guard. A chair to lean on and push around the ice. Laugh and giggle and play.
Another thread here asks if skiing is art or science... for a 2 and a half year old, yeah, it's art! The snowy slopes are the canvas on which the memories of a lifetime are painted. And maybe there's a lesson for mom and dad here too. Science can come later.
Generally people say that kids have "no fear". True, some little dudes are quite precocious. Others are VERY fearful. Either way... take it slow, they've got the rest of their lives to figure it out.