How Young can a Child Learn to Ski or Snowboard

Date: 6th April 2019

For any avid skier or snowboarder, the highlight of your winter is your ski vacation. You have a passion for these activities and you cannot wait to pass this along to your kids. The question you may ask is “so at what age can my child start to ski or snowboard?”

As every child is different, there is no hard answer to this, and you will be the best judge of your child.  

In general, a good time to start your kids in group ski lessons is between the ages of 4-6. As snowboarding requires more concentration and coordination to learn, its best to wait a little longer to start teaching them this, perhaps 7 or 8 years old.

If you are uncertain about your child’s ability to learn to ski or snowboard, here are some things you might consider:

-is he or she toilet trained?

-is he or she independent and happy to spend the day without dad and mum?

-are they showing coordination?

-do they follow instructions well?

You may not be able to answer yes to all of these questions, but like I said before, you will know your child best and you may choose to give it a go.

Even for avid skiers and snowboarders, the best thing is to avoid teaching your child how to ski and enroll them in a ski school program. An instructor gives your child the best opportunity to properly learn skills at their pace, and to quickly gain confidence. This will also save your child a lot of hurt feelings, reduce your frustration, and allow you extra time to yourself on the slopes. If you were not answer yes to all of those questions about your child, there are some other options:

-Bundle your child up and introduce them to the snow and cold, and the warm clothing you must wear. Have a fun play in the snow and see how they are interested and make a decision from there

-You may wish to choose a private lesson to allow your child more one on one attention

-Check out the other options for children younger than 5 that Queenstown ski fields have to offer

When introducing your child to a new activity such as skiing or snowboarding, remember to approach it as a fun new activity. Let your child take it at their pace, and be patient. Before you know it, your whole family will be flying down the slopes together showing off their new skills!