Ski lessons for first-time children teach the basics of skiing and safety. The goal of these lessons is to introduce children to the sport of skiing in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Beginner lessons not only teach children the basics of stopping and turning (including the infamous "pizza" and "french fries" technique), but also how to put on ski equipment and load and unload from the chairlift.
Ski school classes come in a variety of styles to fit the individual needs of children. Basic lessons consist of either half-day or full-day instruction and kids are grouped based on age and ability. It's also possible to schedule private lessons for one-on-one instruction. Additionally, for children who are beyond "pizza" and "french fries." many resorts offer more advanced specialty lessons that focus on a particular type of terrain or technique.
On average, most children are capable of skiing at age 3; but this varies greatly depending on the individual child. Some children are able to start at 2 years, but typically any younger than that is unsuccessful. However, this doesn't mean you can't enjoy the slopes until your kid is old enough. Many resorts offer daycare programs that incorporate snow playtime to gradually introduce children into the wonder world of winter.
Ensure your child is dressed appropriately before sending him out on the slopes. Nothing deters children from the sport of skiing faster than being wet and cold.
Before you rent equipment for your child, find out if the lesson program you've chosen includes equipment rental. Most lesson packages include equipment rental in the price. Also ask if helmets are included. Helmets are a must for children. If the program doesn't require the use of helmets, be wary.
Many children pick up skiing extremely quickly. Others struggle to understand the basic concepts. For those who catch on without much trouble, only one or two lessons may be needed. After that, take them out yourself and let them explore the mountain and sport on their own terms. For the slower learners, consider enrolling them in a weekly lesson program in which they can learn with the same instructor on a consistent basis. As the instructor begins to understand their learning style, she will be able to adapt her teaching style to fit the personal needs of your child.