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If you’ve been to the snow for a ski holiday it’s likely that you have seen kids that are only just taller than your ski pole speed down the mountain outmatching you for pace.
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you’ve been to the snow for a ski holiday it’s likely that you have seen kids
that are only just taller than your ski pole speed down the mountain
outmatching you for pace. It’s just as likely that you have seen other kids
drop down to the snow, protesting their dislike for the sport their parents
love so much. If you’re a parent it’s likely that during your first few ski
holidays your child was, at one stage, in this latter category. So how do you
get your children back on their skis, loving the sport you love.
When children are dropped off at their
first day of school, or music lessons, they can be scared and upset. When the
time comes to pick them up, they’re often excited and happy. The same goes for ski
school. It can be hard to drop your kid off in the hands of a young instructor
and start skiing without them, but learning
in ski school is the best way to ensure your child learns properly. If they
learn properly, they are much more likely to enjoy their time on the mountain.
Most quality ski resorts
have ski instructors’ that conduct extremely professional and effective lessons
while keeping them fun and engaging for children. They truly are great at age
and skill specific lessons and your children are more likely to listen to them
It goes without saying that most of the
time, skiing is cold. If young skiers are falling over often, they are likely
to be wet and even colder. Because of this, the best course of action is to
overcompensate. Dress your children in several warm
layers. Hand warmers, beanies and balaclavas are all going to be helpful in
keeping your child warm and comfortable.
Even the best skiers fall down from time to
time and If it’s your child’s first ski trip they’re probably going to fall
down a lot. Make sure they know this and that it’s ok to fall. Mistakes happen
and it’s all part of learning! Tell them about how long it took for you to
learn or how much you used to fall.
When they do fall, make sure they’re ok,
but don’t make a big deal out of it, once you know they’re fine get them back
on their ski’s and try again.
Just because your child can’t do something
today, doesn’t mean they won’t pick it up tomorrow. Children learn fast, but
you can’t expect them to learn everything on their first day. Going at a pace
that’s comfortable for them is important in ensuring they are enjoying the
You will also need to take lots of breaks
from skiing. The sport uses lots of muscles we don’t usually use so it’s easy
to tire. Yes, the more they ski the
better they will get, but pushing their little bodies for hours on end is
In the same vein, make sure you know what
runs are suitable for your children. Your child’s safety is top priority so
taking them to your favourite run, with terrain too advanced for their skills
is not a smart move. Kids like to succeed and if they can’t make it down a run
without constantly crashing, they’re going to get frustrated, upset and likely
give up. Knowing where’s best to take your child on the mountain comes down to
education, understanding your kids ability and listening to what they want and
Carrying on from the last point, it’s
important to focus on fun rather than performance. If you’re trying to get a
child interested in something, this is important. Having fun is much more
likely to lead to an excitement around the sport compared to when they’re
forced to do it. It might be tedious for you but while your child learns, take
them down easy slopes they are able to enjoy.
Think about the future. If they have a
positive experience while growing up, they can master the sport and one day you
can tackle a black diamond run with your child! First you must endure the
So, play is more important than performance
while on the skis, but it’s also important for the whole snow holiday. Winter
can be a difficult place to have fun but at most resorts there’s heaps of ways
you can have fun in the snow without skis. Have snow ball fights, go tubing,
make snowmen and snow angels, you can even go hiking. The best way to get your
children to love skiing is to create a positive environment around the whole
A working mom who enjoys every moment with her two daughters.
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