Cerys, our editor, has a long history with skiing, starting at a very young age. She took her family on their first family ski trip recently, she shares her answer to this frequently asked question:
Whenever we say we’ve been skiing one of the first questioned we get asked by fellow parents: “what is a good age to start skiing?”
And, if we aren’t asked that, we normally have the response “we’ll wait till the kids are older as they are too young now”- saying about their 4- 9 year olds often.
I was very fortunate, my ski experience started when I was just 18 months old; We headed to the Dolomites. I got my first taste of skiing on nursery skis, playing in the kindergarten ski lessons and skiing between my father’s skis. It wasn’t formal ski school, but I learnt how to balance on skis and snowplough.
A couple of years later, at age of three, I entered formal ski lesson. Progressing through various ski schools, by the time I was around 9 we ditched the lessons.
Fast forward to university I was a member of the ski team – a female slalom skier competing in the British University Ski Championship. Fast forward another couple of years and family came along, skiing took a backseat between juggling family duties and work.
Last year, however I couldn’t hold back anymore, I took my kids, aged 4 and 6, on a ski holiday for their first time. It was a 2 weeks holiday. By the end of the first week they were on the slopes. Half way through the second week we stopped ski lessons as we wanted to spend more time skiing together as a family. The kids, like most kids their age, took to skis very quickly and conquered blue and green runs without a problem.
So, from my experience, I suggest to start them young. The only caveat, is to judge it based on how confident they are. Keep in mind that they may not want to be left at ski school on their own either.
It’s more important, at this very formative age, that they develop a love for the sport, than that they master the moguls. Let them have fun and associate skiing with lots of giggles rather than any fear or discomfort.
What age did you first hit the slopes?
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