What is the ideal age for a child to start skiing? The truth is that there is not an exact rule: the age at which they will be able to put on their skis will vary a lot for each child. Her psychomotor skills and willingness to start are two fundamental factors.
Snow, a fun game
The first time skiing must be something fun, a game. Even if the parents love the snow, sometimes children do not feel like putting harder than usual boots and tables under the feet that they will not be controlling. If we add having to wear gloves, sunglasses, helmet, and a lot of clothes...
That’s why the most important thing is that the child feels comfortable in the snow. It has to be fun, another game. From this point, the beginning of skiing will be marked by the psychomotor skills of the child.
Between 3 and 5 years: a good moment
At this age children already have a good psychomotor development and you will see that it’s relatively easy for them to learn to maintain balance (much faster than when we are adults!). Furthermore, the vast majority has the advantage of not being afraid, and to don’t think about what will happen if they fall ....
Classes at the snow garden
Unless you have a very high level of skiing, it is desirable that the child starts skiing with the help of a monitor. Knowing how to ski does not always guarantee that we know how to teach our children, and in many cases we will be able to escape tantrums and cries when they fall.
Monitors ski assure us a correct initiation into the sport, adapting the class and the requirements for each child. In Grandvalira, you will find a program specifically designed to teach children how to ski without forgetting what we mentioned at the beginning: skiing must be a game, not an obligation.
What do they need to ski?
It is important that children (and adults) wear many warm layers. That way, you can decide the amount of clothing required for conditions of the day on the slopes (which can vary throughout the day). Avoid excessively cold or blizzardy days, as the experience may not be too nice for them and could lead to a rejection of the activity.
Remember to always put sunscreen always in the face and the lips. The height of the mountains and the reflection of the sunlight on the snow make really important to apply high protection factors (even on cloudy days).
Besides wearing rainwear, they will need a helmet (mandatory), a hat, gloves and sunglasses. In some sectors, they will provide you fluorescent bibs for better visibility of children on the slopes. Ski forfets for children under 6 years are free.
Always carry a snack: chocolate cookies, juice, water... At the end of the day, the physical effort takes its toll and kids will need to charge their batteries.
If you are fans of skiing and have children at home, they will certainly be happy to try the experience and follow the steps of their parents.