Feeling Too Young or Too Old? Eliminate the Misperception
It’s your turn…
Now is a great time to start your skiing career. How old is too old? How young is too young? The answer is: it’s never too early or too late to start skiing. It really comes down to your goals and expectations.
Children can start coming to the ski hill at any age. Most ski areas offer a great daycare service in which children as young as 3 years old have some time on the snow with a qualified ski instructor. At a young age, it is important that the children learn to love being outside, sliding around and getting used to their equipment. Some children can learn to slide, stop and even turn at this young age; however, the main focus is on fun and enjoyment of the ski environment.
Adults can start at any age as well. Anyone who is interested can do it. All ski areas have great programs for adults learning to ski. The Discover Skiing and Snowboarding program includes a lift ticket, rental and lesson package to help get you started, participating ski areas can be found here. Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance certified ski professionals are highly trained in Guest Service. They will cater the lesson and approach to your needs. It takes relatively little time to learn control and be on your way. Whether you are fearless or timid, skiing is for you. There are trails for everyone and the freedom of gliding on snow is a sensation you won’t find anywhere else.
(Is there a too young, too old for skiing/snowboarding?)
With the latest advancements in kids-specific snowboard gear, starting snowboarding as young as 3 years of age is now possible. Look for child friendly equipment, including boots with velcro closures, bindings with small-hand-friendly buckles, and boards with a soft flex, beveled base profile (to reduce edge catches!), and consider using a tether such as the Burton Riglet Reel to help kids get around!