Old 06-10-10, 04:25 PM   #16
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Re: Youngest age to start skiing?

Hi My daughter started skiikg at 4.
She didnt take well to the ski school. So we put her in to private lessons. 1-1
Never looked back, she's now an advanced skier. I just try to catch up now!
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Old 01-12-10, 01:33 PM   #17
 
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I heard kids could start at 3
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Old 29-12-10, 03:59 PM   #18
 
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my parents had me on the mountain (or at least the bunny slope) and in lessons a month before my 3rd birthday
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Old 05-01-11, 05:11 PM   #19
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Haha thats true.
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Old 23-02-11, 08:42 AM   #20
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The little ones look amazing! Have seen them in the Pyrenees on skies with a dummy still in!
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Old 24-02-11, 02:55 PM   #21
 
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I started at about 4
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Old 24-06-11, 01:26 PM   #22
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Never too young, and i definitely think kids are starting younger and younger these days
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Old 21-08-11, 11:28 AM   #23
 
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It never fails to amaze me when you see a pint sized child zip past you on the slopes. Get em in young;-)
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Old 06-09-11, 05:29 PM   #24
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I did startet when I was 4 and i do remember i hated it i the beginning. But know 20 years later Im glad that my parants made me ski in such early age.
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Old 24-10-11, 10:09 PM   #25
 
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17 months! My mom got me and my brother plastic skis, and we chased each other around the house on the carpet before ever skiing on snow. This meant we learned how to fall, get back up, shuffle, and not step on our own skis. So I basically learned to ski at the same time I learned to walk. That said, this method only works if your parents have a lot of dedication, patience, and skill. Generally, kids won't get much out of skiing or get very far until they have enough muscle control to turn their toes together and make a wedge/pizza/snowplow.
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Old 26-11-11, 10:34 PM   #26
 
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How about 8 or 9?

Starting children at a really early age is OK for some children; not OK for others. Most important is their muscle development. At age 2 1/2- How much balance and coordination you think your child has? If they show it, introduce them but be careful. Their bones and muscles are still developing and you don't want to stretch it too far. My 3 year old showed above average development at 3 1/2 so we started him very slowly and carefully. Once he could slide down the hill without my assistance, he sort of was no longer under my control; had a mind of his own; so I put him in kiddie school. From that point on, he spent more than half his ski (and later snowboard) days in either ski school or a race training program.

I have 2 nephews who started at 8 and 9. 2 hours after their first lesson, they were coaching me and my brother -in-law on how to get on and off the lift. After their second lesson, they were skiing down blue square runs and wanted nothing to do with me or their dad.
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Old 09-12-11, 01:32 PM   #27
 
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S friend of mine started skiing at 4. Can you believe it?!
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Old 17-12-11, 08:24 PM   #28
 
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I started at 9, but my best friend started at 4. I think if the kid is open to it, then it isn't too early.
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Old 26-12-11, 11:40 PM   #29
 
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I started at 6, semi-bullied into it by an Austrian Dad!!
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Old 29-12-11, 04:45 PM   #30
 
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My kids started at ages 4 and 3 and have loved every minute of it.
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