I have a 2 year old son. Being keen on skiing I'd like him to start at an early age. Anyone with experience of this? A good age? Good resorts/operators? Bad experiences?
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Here is what you do, coming from someone who has skied for 30 years, and has two daughters skiing now, ages 7 and 9.
Two is way too young. The bones are not nearly developed enough to handle the stresses of the sport. Three is ok, as is four or five. Obviously you want sooner than later, and I don't blame you, but you should wait until at least three years of age.
Now, how to:
You need to buy a pair of edgie-wedgies. Sounds gay, but they are a life saver. Those are the little fellas that keep the tips together. There are several different designs, they all work fine.
Then you need to buy what's called a "Racer Chaser". The link below is from Amazon.com. I was suprised they carried it...the picture is exactly the same as the one that I have. You can probably find it cheaper though. Heck, I'm looking to sell mine (and the edgie-wedgie). email me if you want at:
and we could work out the details maybe.
Anyways, the Racer Chaser is a harness that the kid wears like a vest, and a strap hooks to it on either side. You trail the kid, and if you hook it up right, a left tug on the strap initiates a left turn, and same for a right tug.
I'm sure you have seen the parents holding their kids from behind. That is a huge mistake. The kid doesn't learn how to maintain a centered stance...they are inclined to lean back, which is not the correct habit to form at a young age. You also see parents bent over skiing backward, holding the tips of the skis. This is ok for the kid, but painful for the parent!
When using the Racer Chaser, I always tried to keep slack in the strap, so they were standing on their own, and just applied tugs to get them turning left and right. The only time I ever applied back-pressure was to brake them (for obvious reasons!)
Hope all this helps! Good luck...next season, it's probably too soon for this season!
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im a ski instructor and the youngest age ive taught was 4. i started skiing when i was 3, but my dad was a ski instructor so he taught me. if you are looking to take lessons from a ski school, many of them require the child to be at least 5 years old...sometimes 4. if you are planning on teaching him (its really not hard at all as long as you yourself are positive that you are skiing with the right technique) then by all means start as young as 3...but at age 2 its too difficult to get skis and boots to stay on, being as his feet are going to be soo tiny!! good luck
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I started as a three year old, with my dad teaching me. If you want them to be really good, and maybe make a carreer out of skiing, start him at three. If you want them to just enjoy it, than 5 or 6 should do.
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2 is a bit young. My brother was 4, and i was 5 when we started skiing - I would say this is about right - while they still bouce! Earlier than 4 or 5 and they have trouble understanding what is going on and why they are doing it.
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