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How to Book a Ski School Lesson

How to Book a Ski School Lesson

You’re a skier first, parent second, right? Even so, leave it to the pros when it comes to indoctrinating junior with your love for the sport. Here are seven tips on when and how to book ski ...
By Rachel Odell Walker
posted: 01/24/2012
kids ski school

1. Born at the right time

Your kid must have mastered two major skills before strapping on skis: walking and balancing. Some parents start toddlers as young as two years old. Most ski schools have programs for the diaper set (see: Aspen’s Cubs on Skis for ages 2.5 to 4) geared exclusively toward having fun outside part of the day.

Bonified on-slope instruction can start as young as age 3 (kids must be potty trained). The best age to enroll mini-me in lessons? When she tells you she wants to.

2. Fair weather friends

Who cares if you learned to ski in gale-force winds on blue ice? We’re in a new millennium, and if you want skiing to be the fun reward for your kids that it is for you, time your lessons with the weather forecast. Sun plus ski instructors plus hot chocolate equals happiness.

3. Plan ahead

Some ski schools let you drop gear off the night before the lesson. This is a great option for parents of fidgety preschoolers. Most schools also let you preregister online before the day of the lessons. Do this and they’ll usually reward you with a guaranteed space in class as well as a gear list.

4. Make sure the boot (and goggles and helmet and jacket and mittens) fit

Nothing can spoil a lesson more easily than a helmet-induced headache, pinched feet draped in two or three pair of socks (one pair suffices), or goggles that fall off and fog up. Label your kid’s gear and check that it all fits before you’re in the ski school waiting room.

5. Fill ‘er up

Ever watched a little tike melt down just before lunchtime? The screaming decibels rise proportionately with the plummeting blood sugar. Spare your kids instructors and make sure the day starts off with a complete breakfast.

6. Splurge for privates

The younger the kid the more inclined you should be to book at least a one-hour private lesson. This ensures your child will get undivided attention (helpful if they’re clingy) and also a solid skills foundation.

7. Use peer pressure to your advantage

Nothing inspires a kid more than some friendly competition or the promise of quality time with a friend. Often the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Coordinate with your friends to enroll the kids in the same ski group—after all, aren’t most things better when done with a pal?

8. Gear 101

Properly fitting boots should go on easily over just one pair of ski socks.  Tights, long underwear, and ski pant liners should NEVER be stuffed down in the boots. Most ski resorts kids’ group lessons include equipment rentals.  This is a great option for two reasons: 1. He’ll most certainly outgrow the gear in a season, so it saves money; 2. If during a lesson the instructor deems the gear not-worthy, it’s easier to swap it out.

reviews of How to Book a Ski School Lesson
As a ski and snowboard instructor, I completely agree with #6. It is a lot easier to teach one child in who is in the 3-5 age range than to teach a group of kids that age, because you can give them all your attention.
Be aware of your child's physical fitness. Strapping on Boots and Ski's are a foreign force to most young people's legs, along with being bundled up for the coldest of conditions their little muscles can get pretty overheated quickly, making for a very grumpy day. My recommendation would be a couple shorter(maybe private) lessons for confidence and so they know how to traverse before signing a young one up for a full day program. Once they are comfortable in those group lessons, it is great, they get to bond with the other kids and instructors and I get to go out on the slopes. Basing experience with mine and my brothers children.
"How to Book a Ski School Lesson" is a great articke with excellent recommendations. Leaving it to the pros when it comes to indoctrinating junior with your love for the sport is an excellent idea. The pros are experts in teaching and are patient instructors. Jennifer C. Warren Lords Valley, Pennsylvania
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