Mondays with Mary: BEST Tip for bringing a young child to ski school for the first time

Posted by Mary on December 27, 2010

Mondays with mary (mondays-with-mary)What is your BEST Tip for bringing a young child to ski school for the first time?

Arrive early, preferably the afternoon before, show them the facility, talk about their day lesson, and what it will bring. Make sure the participant is well rested and fed the day of and arrive early again so there is less stress/rushing. Knowing where you will go, how much time it will take and what to expect increases chance of success.

Mondays with Mary is a weekly column where our Kids Mountain School Manager answers your most common questions.


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Comment posted by Snowmama Mary on February 22, 2011 5:01 PM MST

We LOVE big personalities! Sometimes personalities do have to be managed just a bit, but we can be creative and kind in doing so.Our staff are used to children with lots of energy, and our teaching model is student based. If we need to remind and repeat instructions, we are prepared for that.
We have rarely "kicked out" a child, and when we have, it was neccessary due to a severe safety or disapline problems that could affect the other children in a group lesson.

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Comment posted by Debbie Stewart on February 19, 2011 10:12 AM MST

Our 4 yo daughter has a BIG personality. When she is in a new group activity and doesnt understand that "rules", she sometimes acts out. After she is more comfortable, she does fine and everyone loves her--teachers and classmates. Have you ever "kicked out" a child for not listening intially? How do the instructors manage kids that have trouble catching on initially to the rules?

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Comment posted by Danny Daniels on February 10, 2011 10:17 AM MST

I have a 4 1/2 year old boy who will be skiing for the first time. Ideally I would like for him to take 2 - 3 days of lessons and then be able to ski part or all of the day with me after that. How realistic is this? What do you suggest for us as we will be there for 4 full days? Thank you so much! Danny

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Response posted by Snowmama Mary on February 11, 2011 10:59 AM MST

Hello Danny, all children are different, and we just can't make any promises. With 2-3 days of lessons, chances are good that your son will be able to make a wedge to start controlling his speed, and he may even begin with turn shape. If he can accomplish this, then I would certainly say that he would be able to ski some easy green terrain with you for at least part of the day, maybe the entire day with some fun breaks strageticly planned. You will know much better after he completes his first day.
Hope that helps and have fun!


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