Ironically I am scheduling this maternity cover post as my husband is on a flight to the states for a skiing trip! I don't have much experience skiing, but I know he would LOVE for our children to become skiing experts at a young age like the children described in this post by Carol and Paul, but when can you realistically start putting them on the slopes?
I'm just back from the dry ski slope, where I've been busily trying to get my boys into shape for our forthcoming ski holiday. They are 8 and 10, and have been skiing for a few years now. It was the first time I'd allowed them to use their own equipment, as normally they use the old skis and boots from the rental shop because I don't want the plastic slope ruining their ski bases.
Well, what a transformation, no skidding turns, instead perfectly linked carved parallel turns all the way. Impressive! It was just like watching the local kids skiing on the mountain in the Alps. You know what I mean, you think you're doing a great job on a steep slope, then all of a sudden a group of young kids come racing past you, totally fearless, and spray you in the face with powder!
I've always been jealous of those kids, imagine being born and brought up in a ski resort, learning to ski before you can walk? I was about 17 when I first stepped into a pair of skis, but I always wondered, would I be a better skier today if I'd been able to start sooner? If so, when would be the ideal age for kids to start skiing?
Here are my thoughts:
To answer my question above, would I be a better skier today if I'd started when I was 4 or 5? Well, not necessarily. The age at which children start to ski makes very little, if any, difference to how they ski as adults. The most important factor seems to be whether or not they enjoyed their first experience of skiing. And that depends on you much more than it does on them! Check out this post for tips on what to wear skiing!
Paul and Carol blog with their boys over at Family Makes where you can find lots more posts about skiing, as well as making things and making memories on various travels both home and abroad.
You can also find them getting social over on Twitter (www.twitter.com/FamilyMakes) , on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FamilyMakes), sharing some photos over on Instagram (www.instagram.com/familymakes), and pinning lots of craft and travel ideas on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/Familymakes). You can also get to know the family better by watching their YouTube videos, including craft how-to's and gaming at www.youtube.com/c/familymakes
Psssst! By the way, I have recently designed a flight log book to allow your kids to record all of the journeys! If you're looking for a special way to record your children's travel memories then head over to Amazon to take a look!