Tony Crocker wrote:
When you see a parent holding a child between his legs, the child leans back into the parent, which is of course the opposite of how we want them to ski.
Patrick wrote:At that age with the spring conditions, her legs were definately not strong enough to ski, support her body and stand (this might not be the case with other kids in other conditions).
JimG. wrote:Spring conditions are a bad time to try to teach toddlers...the dense heavy snow bosses them around and they get no feel for balance and edging. Many parents tell me it's better then because it's warm, but kids have to eventually deal with the cold if they're going to become frequent skiers, so why put it off?.
In fact, the best first lesson often does not involve skis at all...get the kids out there on a freezing cold day and just roll around in the snow and have a snowball fight. My boys loved throwing snow at me and it gets them used to the cold weather fun.
JimG. wrote:and it is true that learning to ski is easier than learning to snowboard; however, learning to ski at a high level is alot harder than snowboarding at a high level once you have passed the beginner stages...
Let's see if that last comment inspires any feedback.
Tony Crocker wrote:One article I read summed it up nicely: Most kids are ready to start skiing at 5, about half at 4, younger than that they should be asking you.
JimG. wrote:Tony Crocker wrote:One article I read summed it up nicely: Most kids are ready to start skiing at 5, about half at 4, younger than that they should be asking you.
So very true and so very important. I would go so far as to say that younger than 4 they should have to BEG to go skiing. My oldest son David wanted to do things with me so badly he would have gone skydiving at 3 if I suggested it. His brother Peter is so intense and competitive he just wants to do what David does, but better. They're both naturals.
Please don't push your kids (or anyone for that matter) to do things just because YOU want them to.
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