Ski safety tips for kids
So, you're thinking, how hard can it be to teach a child to ski? Pick up some sticks, load up the kids with hot chocolate and Gummi bears and plop them on the bunny slope, where you can give them a tight-lipped lecture about how they are going to have fun, dang it, while trying to wrestle their boot into a binding.
Not a good plan, say Coloradans who have spent decades teaching kids how to ski.
Professional instructors offer tips for the parents of young children learning to ski:
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Children ages 3 and 4 usually are not ready for a full immersion into skiing. They are not very strong physically. Their endurance isn't great. They have short attention spans. It's better to strap some play skis on them and let them slide around in the backyard or at the base of the mountain. Let them watch the big kids learn to ski. Pull them around in a sled. Take them in frequently for hot chocolate. Most areas do offer classes for kids this young, but they are mostly get-acquainted experiences.