Is this the year you introduce your little one to the ski slopes? If you have been dreaming of this moment since they were a baby, you will want to take heed the following tips. Your excitement could backfire. Parents who are overly zealous may push a bit too hard. Taking young children skiing requires a complete switch to a slower pace. Make it fun and do not hurry through the experience. Gradually, they will catch on and will be waving as they pass you by!
7 tips to make skiing with kids enjoyable
LessonsOf course lessons will make a difference, but more importantly be sure to place your child in lessons that suit their skill level. Do not pop them in an advanced class just because you think they are uber talented, or want to speed them up. On the other hand, keeping them in the beginner group too long could bore them to tears.
Fashion mattersIt is amazing what a pair of neon snowpants, or a skull helmet can do to a child's opinion of skiing. My son has a Crash Test Dummy facemask and it has surprisingly improved his skills on the slopes. Mainly this can be attributed to the fact he can't wait for a chance to wear it so practice time has increased!
Pack the pockets
Hungry kids are not going to last very long. Pack the pockets with granola bars, M&M's and fruit snacks to keep the trip from turning into an endless whine.
Video tapeChildren with perfectionist tendencies may be easily discouraged that their lessons and time on the slopes is not amounting to much. Videotaping their runs could give them a boost of confidence. Take the time to "review the tapes" over a cup of cocoa and they can see first hand how much their skills are improving.
Right equipmentThe right gear is essential. Invest in the clothes that fit, not something they will grow into. It is also important to purchase quality socks and gloves to keep them warm and dry. Shortcutting their equipment will shorten your time on the slopes considerably.
Lose your agendaKids will throw a wrench in the most well-laid out plan. While you may not be able to plan out every detail, you can plan to practice a lot of patience. The child who finally gets all dressed will inevitably need to use the potty, for example.
Plan bribesGive them something to look forward to after the ski trip is over. Something as simple as a special video and a favorite meal could keep them happy on the slopes. Sure it is a bribe, but sometimes the end result is worth it.
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