So you have a fun-filled family trip to Breck planned?! Well then it’s time to start thinking about signing your kids up for ski school during your stay!
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Arrive at least 10 minutes early for the lesson. This will give you and your child enough time to get acquainted with their instructor, and make sure they are comfortable before you leave.
Full Day or Half Day Lesson
Children typically learn better and aren’t as rushed when they attend a full day lesson. Typically they learn techniques in the morning, and spend the afternoon practicing.
Different ski school programs cost different amounts. But, safely teaching children to enjoy the mountains is priceless!
Make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Dress them in layers, and don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen. It’s something easily forgotten that can cause much heartache later! Not sure what clothes they should wear? Check to see if the ski school has a list. And if you don’t have those items, you can save yourself some money by renting them at Mountain Kid Outfitters.
Ski schools usually start for children ages 3+. Potty trained kids can be a requirement (check with your school). But, the most important aspect is their willingness to ski! If a child isn’t excited or isn’t comfortable around other adults and kids, it simply may be too soon to get them started.
Children learn at different rates but the basics of first ski or snowboarding lessons typically include: how to properly take equipment on and off, how to walk in skis, and learning to stop. Additional lessons will get them more comfortable at getting on and off the ski lift, and making their way down beginner trails. Developing an enjoyment of the sport is what should be the main goal, regardless of their progress, if they are having fun, it makes for a wonderful vacation!
Children’s safety is always a top priority. Helmets are an absolute must. Instructors will always review the rules of the mountain, teach the children how to safely ride the lifts, and be in control while skiing.