When Should You Enroll Your Child In A Skiing Course
Skiing is a great family sport for both, parents and children. You may be excited to get your child on the slopes as early as possible, but how will you know when your child is old enough to learn how to ski? There are many things to consider before determining whether the child can take part in a skiing course. Here are some suggestions that can guide you into making the right decision.
Although children as young as eighteen months old can stand in skis, the general consensus is that the child should be at least three years of age, before it has the mobility to handle the skills involved in being able to turn on skis or handling the chair lift. Most ski schools prefer that a child is at least between the ages of four and five when they enroll in a ski program. Most children younger than that will not have the strength, agility or attention spans to much of anything out of the school. Some ski schools offer a mini course for the younger set, which lets them get familiar with skis, boots and poles, and how to get around in the snow.
Does your child love the snow and the cold temperatures? It’s important that they don’t mind the snow and they don’t get bothered much by the cold, so they can pay attention to the lessons. If they get cold easy or get upset by the snow, it’s best to wait until they are a bit older.
Take note of how well your child listens to you and follows directions. If they get preoccupied or are not good yet at following instructions, they may be too young. To get the most from the course, your child should be able to do what the instructor tells him.
Does your child suffer from separation anxiety when you are not there? It can be a bit scary for a child to go off by itself with the instructor, leaving mom and dad behind. If it cries and carries on because it wants you there, it is not ready for the course. The instructors will not have the time to calm a child down before starting the lesson.
Do not forget to ask your child what it wants to do. If your child expresses an interest, you can first get it used to the idea by just playing in the snow. Have it do some sledding, make snow angels, and build a snowman. This will allow you to see how it handles getting wet and a bit cold. Make sure that it has the right snow gear to keep it comfortable.
If you decide that your child is ready, do your research for the best skiing courses for your child. Find out what gear it will need and either make arrangements to rent them or go to a ski shop and get it fitted. A good ski helmet is a must.
By following these guidelines and choosing a good skiing course, your child could be up on skis and joining the rest of the family going down the slopes this winter.