SteezethePirateI have a 1 yr old little girl, love her to pieces, just wondering, to those of you whom this applies, when did you start your little one on the mountain? I've seen videos of kids but I'd like to know what you guys have to say, and what sort of difficulties you've faced.
Thanks in advance!
I'd say the biggest thing first off is to not set expectations. Don't look at videos of some dude shredding with his 2 year old and they crush it. Its your kid, they'll go at their own pace.
Second - teach fun first. I dragged my son around the back yard on plastic skis when he was late 1 early 2. Just swished around and had fun. When he was 2-3 we would go over to the sledding hill around the corner and take a run or two on the skis and then just go sledding for a while. When he started going to the hill, sometimes we'd only make it 2-3 runs and then he'd be cold. I'd just leave.
Now that he's 5, we can actually ski together. Starting it all over with my Daughter who is 3. Lessons definitely help, but make sure they want to go and then it won't be a problem to get them out.
I found lessons extremely helpful. Though I even used to be a ski instructor, and taught kids... I found my kids sometimes just listen to the instructor a bit more when they have to learn a bit of form. Plus, you can just have fun with them vs. working on too much skill.
Really though, I find the most important thing you can do again is make it super fun. The more fun you can make it, the more that when they finally get that skill going they will want to go out. If they don't want to go to the hill, its far more difficult to actually make any progress.
Skiing with your kid is the single most rewarding thing I've ever experienced. Be patient, don't worry about what anyone else is doing and just have a fantastic time.