Activities to Teach Children to Ski

Activities to Teach Children to Ski
Learning to ski can be difficult for anyone of any age. When teaching children how to ski, games and activities that rely on basic ski maneuvers can lower the learning curve and make learning to ski less difficult. Ski activities can provide a way to practice basic ski skills while having fun. You can adjust the difficulty of the games for skiers of all ages and abilities by selecting the difficulty of the slope or obstacles.


In ghostbusters, one child is designated as a ghostbuster (or more if there is a large group) and the remaining children are "ghosts." The ghostbuster skis around trying to tag each child, or ghost. As ghosts are tagged by the ghostbuster, they must freeze with their arms out and legs straddled to represent a haunted house. To unfreeze a tagged ghost, another child must crawl beneath the tagged ghost's legs.

Elephant Hunt

To play elephant hunt, place balloons on the lower section of trees along a hill in two lines. Divide the children up into two teams. Each team should send one child down the slope at a time to try to pop as many balloons, or "elephants", with their ski poles as they are going down the hill. The team that pops the most balloons is the winner.

Follow the Leader

Follow the leader works especially well with smaller groups of children. To play follow the leader, designate one child the leader of the group. Have the child select a destination they are skiing to and encourage the rest of the group to follow the leader as closely as possibly.

Ski Freeze

Tell each child to spread themselves randomly on a field with a "flag" (or hat, scarf, glove, etc). At the start whistle, each skier attempts to freeze other skiers by grabbing their flags. Once a skier has been frozen, they must stand on the place where they were tagged as if they were frozen. A frozen skier can try to freeze other skiers as they pass nearby. The winner of ski freeze is the last child standing who has not been frozen.

Article Written By Stephanie D

Stephanie D has been writing and exploring the outdoors for as long as she can remember. She has spent time climbing across the United States and backpacking out west. Stephanie D earned her Bachelor of Science in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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