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17 décembre 2021

When should kids begin skiing?

We are frequently asked when we should our kids begin skiing. It’s an essential question to ask, but it’s a difficult one to answer.

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The inquiry is typically inspired by three factors: the desire to ensure that you don’t miss an opportunity, the worry of pushing them too soon, and the anxiety that they aren’t performing well enough.

So, when is the optimum time to introduce youngsters to skiing? And what can you anticipate from their first attempt at snow plowing?

Can Kids Begin Skiing Too Late?

Let us begin with the most pressing concern: What if we start them too late?

A woman once told me that her daughter had « missed the boat » by not starting skiing until she was six or seven years old. It saddened me to hear this because skiing is a fantastic way to have pleasure. We should quantify it in terms of happiness rather than technical achievements or snow years.

Naturally, an early start can benefit, as it does in many sports, but it is primarily vital if you want to become an international athlete. A large proportion of really talented skiers did not begin as toddlers.

It’s a combination of innate talent and practice, so if you’re going to be good (and receive enough quality practice), the exact start date isn’t that significant.

So, by the time you meet an adult skier, the difference between starting at age 2 and starting at age 6 or even 10 might be minimal.

Can Kids Begin Skiing Too Soon?

In a nutshell, sure.

However, this does not exclude children from learning to ski at an early age. You usually see two or three-year-olds blasting about as if they were born on skis. They are exception rather than rule.

Children as young as three years old can begin skiing. Most youngsters under the age of three fail to coordinate well enough to manage skis and aren’t always strong enough to do it. Communication might be difficult, as can attention, comprehension, and knowing when to take a break…

The danger of youngsters being discouraged by starting too soon is also rather high. If youngsters are obliged to attend ski school (like they are in regular school), they can rebel. Of course, youngsters typically do not want to ski at first, but by the end of lesson two, they are wonderful and all smiles…

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Photo credit © Pascal Gertschen
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Photo credit © Pascal Gertschen

So, When Should Kids Begin Skiing?

Kids can start as early as two. It’s a hefty ask, and it frequently results in the youngster being unable to execute what you’d term « skiing. » They can, however, begin.

In my experience, the best thing to do is to attempt it, but not to place too much pressure on the outcome. Of course, I mean don’t put too much pressure on the child, but also don’t put too much pressure on yourself — as parents, we might be guilty of assessing ourselves based on our children’s accomplishments or failures…

If you give it a shot and everything goes well, that’s fantastic. Take advantage of every opportunity. But if your child doesn’t grasp it, or decides they don’t like it, or if you’re unfortunate and the weather in resort turns the youngster off – simply try again another time.

There’s no need to haste. Time is one thing that youngsters have a lot of…

What Can You Expect?

It’s more preferable to have a pleased youngster spend a week with me who loves skiing but has the ugliest snowplough ever than to have a child who can ski brilliantly but doesn’t enjoy it. Skiing is enjoyable. The size of your child’s smile, not the technical outputs, is the consequence of his or her lesson. They’re an added benefit.

My greatest suggestion is to be prepared to be proud and impressed, as well as to tape every incredible turn, but also to have a lot of fun constructing snowmen, throwing snowballs, sledding, and then trying again next year…

Above all, if people leave thinking this was a lot of fun and they can’t wait to come back, it’s a huge success.

Snowplough, parallel, turning both ways, blue slopes, black slopes, and everything else fall into insignificance when compared to the true assessment criteria – did they like being in the snow? Because it’s perhaps the finest thing in the world (in our totally biased view). And we want other people to enjoy snow as much as we do.

But Keep a Few Things in Mind…

I’m going to have to give you some hard realities. Some facts that all instructors are aware of:

Children are wonderful with instructors once their parents have left. Any grumbles or tears go as soon as we (parents) leave. That’s when the games begin. So please don’t feel obligated to remain — your kids will respond better and have a better fun once you’ve left. Sorry. That is correct.

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Second, youngsters hardly seldom tell their parents how wonderful their day was. They may have had the BEST day ever, but when Mum and Dad ask, « How was your lesson? » they respond, « It was, you know, all right. » The understatement kills us, but we’ve become accustomed to it…

A Few of Our Favorite Luxury Family Chalets

Chalet Rock n’Love in Tignes

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When it comes to fashion, Chalet Rock n’ Love breaks all the norms. It’s all pure Rock n’Roll! Traveling back in time to the « Purple Haze » and the 1970s. The instant you step inside, you’re immersed in a nostalgic world of old vehicles and guitars!

Route 66 memorabilia, a Wurlitzer jukebox with over 100 songs, a multitude of vintage signed instruments on exhibit, an electric guitar for your enjoyment, and an old Marshall amp are all on show.

Right next to the bar is a one-of-a-kind bespoke pool table built from the body of a genuine antique MINI Cooper. Chalet Rock n’ Love is everything you don’t want to miss! The premium, open-plan living space includes a Wurlitzer-style jukebox, a professionally supplied bar, and musical instruments such as an electric guitar and a Marshall amp.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained! The dining area on the balcony has access to the outside Jacuzzi space. The TV room features a large sofa-bed with satellite TV, a DVD player, and a PlayStation 4. The dining table may seat up to 14 people.

Chalet Nyumba in Verbier

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The Nyumba chalet has four stories and can accommodate up to 16 people. Next to the chalet is a self-contained chocolate box Mazot that sleeps up to 6 people (separate kitchenette and dining area). Apply for additional information on the bedroom and bathroom arrangement.

The chalet also has one of the nicest private spa facilities in Verbier. With a view of the valley and the mountains above, this is finished in Italian marble. An L-shaped swimming pool with changeable floor depth and swimming current (the floor may be lowered or elevated for children or made into a dance floor), a hammam/steam room, an indoor and outdoor spa, a sauna, and a lounge are among the luxurious amenities. There is a massage room next to the Salon where one of our in-house experts can ease the stress and anxiety of your skiing days.

Chalet Elbrus in Zermatt

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Chalet Elbrus sleeps 12 guests and is set across four stories, with authentic woods and woods elegantly mixed with luxury furniture to create the perfect mountain house. The ultra-modern design has been effortlessly integrated with classic alpine characteristics, with all of the latest sound and vision appealing to even the most demanding client.

The home has a very large and stunning living and dining room on the first floor with lofty ancient oak-beamed ceilings. Image windows open onto the balcony, framing the breathtaking panorama below. You’ll be transported to another universe as you enter your own private spa and relaxation space on the first level. There is a large indoor hot tub as well as a sauna.

The opulent and beautiful furniture and fittings offer a pleasant, sophisticated atmosphere in which to relax in front of the fire and relish the continual pleasure of leisure, after magnificent days on the slopes, never bored of the ever-changing mountain view.

Going downstairs to the second level, there are two master suites, both facing southwest and with beautiful mountain views. The master bedroom contains a vanity space as well as an en-suite toilet, as well as an en-suite shower closet. Many of Chalet Elbrus’ bedrooms offer flat-screen TVs and integrated sound systems. On the first level, there are three further bedrooms: a twin bedroom with an en-suite shower room, a twin bedroom with an en-suite bathing room, and a bunk room with four beds and an en-suite shower room.

All 7 Heaven chalets share a grand entry to the lobby and the central living area, where guests may rest, unwind, and enjoy a beverage from the bar or a game of pool. The cutting-edge shared gym is fully equipped with modern weight training and exercise equipment and provides the ideal setting for your alpine workout.

If you are seeking for a family friendly ski chalet anywhere in Europe, please contact us by phone at +41 521 66 34 or by email. We would be delighted to assist you.

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