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15 Tips To Help Little Ones Learn To Love The Slopes

Posted by Kali Gillette on Mar 12, 2019 10:13:25 AM

Help The Little Ones Learn To Love The Slopes

If you love skiing or snowboarding, you most likely can’t wait to get your little “mini-me’s” out on the slopes, and with good reason! Skiing is a life-long sport the whole family can enjoy together. It’s a way to get them off their screens and into the fresh air, and to bond over a shared interest. But if you want them to love it, starting off on the right foot is a must. Get your patience ready, there’s nothing worse than an anxious parent pushing a kiddo past their comfort level.

 

Dress Them Warm

Nothing can kill a kid’s enthusiasm more than being cold. Find cozy, light layers that are easy to move in and be careful not to overdress them. (Have you ever seen A Christmas Carol?)

 

Hype It Up

If you’re excited, they’ll get excited. Don’t add unnecessary caution, it’s much easier for kids to learn to ski or snowboard when they are small. It won’t be long before they are giving you a run for your money!

  

Make It A Family Affair

Even if some family members are better skiers than others, it’s a good idea to spend a small part of the day together. If you have older kids, make sure they wait for the younger ones. It can be discouraging to feel like you can’t keep up!

    

SET EXPECTATIONS

Give them the game plan for the day, including breaks to warm up, snacks, lunch and even a little play time in the snow without skiing! Sledding or snowball fights are a great way to lighten the mood and break up the day.  

   

SIGN THEM UP FOR LESSONS

If it’s in the budget, lessons are a great option. It’s sometimes hard to learn from your parents, and let’s face it, kids like being with other kids.

 

HIT THE GULLIES

Small skiers love the challenge of banking up and down the sides; over and over again. Hang in there, they’ll soon move on to different runs.

 

SPEND TIME IN THE TERRAIN PARKS

Snowboarders love it and there is usually a smaller park for beginners.

 

COMFORT THEM WHEN THEY CRASH

If they fall, tell them a story about your own experiences. Keep the mood light and easy, then pick them up and encourage them to carry on.

 

HELP THEM OVERCOME THEIR FEARS

If something is causing them to be afraid, talk it through. Figure out the root of the problem, and help them understand they are not alone. Encourage others to talk about their experiences also, whether it’s a friend, sibling or instructor.

 

PLAY CHAIRLIFT GAMES

Easy games such as “I’m thinking of…(name the animal)” or “I’m going to the store and I’m taking…” are perfect for passing the time.

 

PLAN FOR BREAKS

You may be used to lapping the lifts, but little legs need time to rest and a break keeps them fresh. We recommend hot cocoa—a little treat goes a long way!

 

Family Skiing in Bozeman

 

HAVE A Great LUNCH

If you’re packing your own food, soup in a thermos is always a good idea. If you’re eating at the lodge, let them pick whatever sounds good.

 

DON’T PRESSURE THEM

Make sure they are comfortable on easier runs before moving on to harder terrain. Turns and stopping should be second nature before they try to tackle the next level. Follow their lead and let them tell you what they are comfortable with. If you are patient when they are young, you’ll reap the benefits of their confidence when they are older.

 

BUCKLE THEM UP

When they are small, try ski harnesses or hula hoops. (We’ve used both at the same time!) A harness gives kids the freedom to learn to turn without them (or you) worrying they are going to fly down the slope uncontrollably. Hula hoops are great for helping kids learn the proper stance.

 

SWAP SKI STORIES

At the end of the day, share your favorite moments— whether it was a specific run, accomplishing something new, or simply spending the day together. Make sure the last thing they remember is something fun!

 

Bridger Bowl, located just 16 miles from downtown Bozeman, has 7 acres of beginner terrain, including two covered moving carpets and a warming hut. Their snowsports program has private, group, multi-week and playcare options available throughout the season.

 

If you enjoyed this blog, take a look at our Bozeman Cold Weather Guide and some of our other related articles at Bozemancvb.com:

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Have A Yummy Lunch

If you’re packing your own food, soup in a thermos is always a good idea. If you’re eating at the lodge, let them pick whatever sounds good.

 

Sign Them Up For Lessons

If it’s in the budget, lessons are a great option. It’s sometimes hard to learn from your parents, and let’s face it, kids like being with other kids.

 

Hit The Gullies

Small skiers love the challenge of banking up and down the sides; over and over again. Hang in there, they’ll soon move on to different runs.

 

Spend Time In The Terrain Parks

Snowboarders love it and there is usually a smaller park for beginners.

 

Comfort Them When They Crash

If they fall, tell them a story about your own experiences. Keep the mood light and easy, then pick them up and encourage them to carry on.

 

Help Them Overcome Their Fears

If something is causing them to be afraid, talk it through. Figure out the root of the problem, and help them understand they are not alone. Encourage others to talk about their experiences also, whether it’s a friend, sibling or instructor.

 

Play Chairlift Games

Easy games such as “I’m thinking of…(name the animal)” or “I’m going to the store and I’m taking…” are perfect for passing the time.

 

Don’t Pressure Them

Make sure they are comfortable on easier runs before moving on to harder terrain. Turns and stopping should be second nature before they try to tackle the next level. Follow their lead and let them tell you what they are comfortable with. If you are patient when they are young, you’ll reap the benefits of their confidence when they are older.

 

Buckle Them Up

When they are small, try ski harnesses or hula hoops. (We’ve used both at the same time!) A harness gives kids the freedom to learn to turn without them (or you) worrying they are going to fly down the slope uncontrollably. Hula hoops are great for helping kids learn the proper stance.

 

Swap Ski Stories

At the end of the day, share your favorite moments— whether it was a specific run, accomplishing something new, or simply spending the day together. Make sure the last thing they remember is something fun!

 

Bridger Bowl, located just 16 miles from downtown Bozeman, has 7 acres of beginner terrain, including two covered moving carpets and a warming hut. Their snowsports program has private, group, multi-week and playcare options available throughout the season.

 

If you enjoyed this blog, take a look at our Bozeman Cold Weather Guide and some of our other related articles at Bozemancvb.com:

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