EDITOR’S NOTE: “Tip of the week” is a periodic feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides.
Introducing your kids to skiing can be a great experience or a total disaster. Here are a few tips to help that first day on the slopes go smoothly and keep everyone smiling.
• Play in the snow and have fun tubing, sledding, or building a snowman. Test out their snow gear and make sure everything is waterproof and fits well.
• Go ice skating! Ice skating can give them a head start on learning some of the basics of skiing including balance.
• If you’re kids are young and new to the snow, start in one hour blocks. It’s better to take them away from the snow early and leave them wanting more.
• Watch some “How To” videos online so they can see other children skiing and have a good visual going into their first day.
• Layer. Dress them warm on cold days and keep them cool on warm days. Check the weather, but know that conditions can change throughout the day.
• Put them in a lesson. I’ve been told that you never teach the ones that you love how to ski, especially if you want them to continue to love you.
• Have realistic expectations of their first day skiing or riding. They may not graduate from the bunny slope on the first day, but be patient.
Most ski programs in the United States adhere to the Professional Ski Instructors of America philosophy of “Safety, Fun and Learning” in that order.
If your child stays safe and has fun they will want to come back and progress in sport that we all love.
Cherish these moments and before you know it they will be zooming by you on the top of the mountain.
This tip was provided by Ken Mattson, director of the Diamond Peak Ski Resort Child Ski Center. Diamond Peak offers group and private lessons for ages four and older. Three-year-olds are accepted in private lessons. Visit DiamondPeak.com or call 775-832-1177 for information.