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Old 01-26-2012, 04:50 AM
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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You might get better feedback by posting this question on the Vermont or Colorado forums where there's likely a higher proportion of parents there who've tried it.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:11 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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We take our son to Liberty in PA. Some of the kids in the lessons are as young as 4 years old. They have a section strictly for kids and only those who are taking lessons. They use a conveyor belt to get up the incline and it's not that large of an area but the kids seem to enjoy it. Here's a link to the website.
Children's Ski and Snowboard Packages
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:16 PM
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I have a daughter that is 5 1/2. We thought about throwing her in some lessons. Any thoughts on this? Is it too soon at this age?
My husband has been a ski patroller for 30 years and he says this is a great age to start. Our kids began a couple of years earlier and they loved it. Go for it!
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:56 PM
Location: South South Jersey
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My parents took me and my siblings alpine skiing in Colorado for the first time when I was six, and I had no problem with lessons on the little fake kiddie hills (and even a few full-fledged green runs with my parents). Just a year or two later I was busting down blues with pole-less, low-center-of-gravity flair. (I couldn't downhill ski to save my life these days, though I still love freestyle cross-country - I'm going to try regular old/classic cross-country on the Four Mile Run Trail the next time we get a big snowfall - yes, it's possible and legal.)

My sister and brother-in-law took my three-year-old (at the time) niece skiing in the Sierras a couple years ago. (I think most of what was really accomplished was some 'oohing' and 'ahhing' over how cute she was in her tiny little ski boots, but still...)

So.. five is definitely do-able, IMO.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:17 PM
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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My first time skiing. I was 12. It was Breckenridge, CO, 1984. A church ski trip. I decided to ski down a nice little path between some trees, like I'd seen on TV. So I did. Except I skied into one of the trees. My knee swelled up like a pumpkin. OK, maybe just a gourd--but still.

I ended up spending three very expensive days holed up in a hotel room, watching MTV--Europe's "The Final Countdown" was in big rotation--with my roomates for the trip, a Christian-music singer for whom Rev. Timtom from "The Middle" is a dead ringer, and some German guy.

So remember when your little Stein Erikson complains about biffing and doing a "yard sale"--it could be worse. Much worse.

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Old 02-02-2012, 06:52 PM
Location: NJ/NY
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I learned at 5 years old. I had my kids on skis at 3. Put them in ski school. The instructors know how to get them started at that age. My 8 year old and 5 year old are already going down the easier black diamonds. When my 2 year old turns 3 next year, she will be on skis too. Personally, I want them to be skiers first, however, Im sure they will want to start snowboarding one day, and when that day comes, I will let them. Get them started young and it will come natural to them when they are older.

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