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What age should my kids start skiing?

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What age should my kids start skiing?
Advice provided by ski & snowboard vacation expert:
Amy Whitley, from Trekaroo.

As with any skill, the answer depends on the child. That said, we started all three of our kids on skis at age three. Was it always easy? No, just getting them into snow pants can be daunting! But starting early pays off: at most resorts kids ski free or for a deep discount until age 5-6, and beginning early ensures they consider skiing a natural part of winter fun.

The prime goal for early skiers is fun: don't sweat it if your preschooler takes two runs and decides to spend the remainder of the day making snowballs or drinking hot chocolate (his lift ticket was free, remember!). At the end of the day, if young skiers are smiling, it's been a successful 'lesson'. There's a reason why most resorts offer ski and play programs for this age group: experience on the snow should be coupled with lots of games, breaks, and play. During a ski vacation, look for a ski school that offers lessons for two hours or less for this age group, then indoor and outdoor activities in addition to a quiet time or nap.



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