Just putting him on skis and pushing is probably a bad idea.
January 10, 2013 6:40 AM Subscribe
So I want to get my son into skiing, but I'm not sure the best method given that he's only 3. Pointers for those who have done it or suggestions that this is ridiculous and just to wait till he's older both welcome.
posted by katers890 to sports, hobbies, & recreation (35 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So my husband and I are both skiers. We love it and want our boys to love it too. The youngest is only 9 months, so he's obviously too young, but our 3.5 year old seems to be at an age to start. We live outside of Boston so we have lots of options for skiing around. Initially we wanted to do several days to a week at a resort and just sign him up for the group lessons they do there, assuming they'd get him skiing just fine (3 years old is the youngest for the lessons, but my son is a big 3.5 year old and one that has always been ahead of the curve with motor skills and whatnot). However, due to a bunch of reasons, it looks like that won't be happening, but I'd still like to get him up on skis this winter if possible. Is trying to do a day trip just a disastrous idea? Do they really need a couple consecutive days to get it and have fun? If he liked it we could possibly do a couple day trips or something so he has a bit more experience with it, but I don't want to do a day trip at all if he's just going to be frustrated the whole day and not get to the fun part.
Secondly, if we were to do it as a day trip, should we try to just teach him ourselves, or should this really be done by someone who has taught this age group before? My general understanding of little kid skiing (both from personal experience and watching them on the slopes) is that you get them to shuffle along, then teach them the snowplow and then off they go down the mountain (or more likely, bunny slope) without really turning at all. I know chair lifts require assistance at this age, but I'm not sure we'd really try that unless he was having a great time and really getting the skiing part on the bunny slope.
Any suggestions or pointers welcome. I will also be willing to hear that this just isn't going to be feasible either because of age or because we'd need several days in a row. Thanks!