Kids are so lucky.
They are flexible, nimble, and really close to the ground, making learning to ski a great way to be active outdoors during Duluth winters.
When Daley was 5 years old, he participated in the Chester Bowl ski program’s five-day, one-hour-per-day ski school after Christmas.
Here’s how Daley learned to alpine ski in less than 5 hours.
The first day he learned how to stay upright on his skis coming down the gentle slop at the bottom of the hill. Between all the new skiers there was quite a bit of falling forward, falling backward, and falling to the side.
Here is Daley at the end of the first lesson. You can hear the thrill of the hill in his giggle. My favorite part is when he asks, “Can I do it, please, one more time?”
Hour 2 and Hour 3
The next two sessions he practiced how to do “pizza” with ski tips pushed together to control his speed (a.k.a. snowplow) and “hands on knees” so his body leaned forward to help his balance.
Daley tackled the chair lift. The program is all about kids succeeding so the operator and his ski cadet partner talked him through it and helped give him a boost on to the chair.
He did it!
During the last session of ski lessons Daley skied from the top to the bottom, leaning into his turns and having a ball!
5 hours. That’s all it took to learn a sport that will provide fresh air, physical activity, and winter fun for a lifetime.
What age should kids start skiing?
The answer probably depends on the kid.
Finley is fearless.
While she was too young to join the ski lessons, she did ski with the help of her dad.
Here she is at 2 1/2 years old skiing at Spirit Mountain.
Do your kids downhill ski? How did they learn? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!