Three things that are never far from my mind, but what is the best age to start this awesome hobby/way of life? As someone who began skiing at the age of five (thanks to my parents) I’d say the earlier the better.
Children tend to be fearless and of course there is not so far to fall. Learning to ski as early as possible will mean they are experts by the time they hit the teenage years, where, depending on their school, there could be a chance of a school ski trip.
My two eldest first skied at the age of three as that was the youngest ski school would take them. There are lots of options for getting children used to being in the snow and mountain air pre-ski school with the range of childcare options at some resorts. There is nothing like a good bit of sledging or snowman building though to get everyone excited – just remember the warm gloves to avoid going from excited to hysterical in about five seconds!
As much as I’m a believer in the earlier the better I also think that it is never too late. Skiing was something that my dad always wanted to try but it wasn’t until he was nearly 40 that he decided he would (we would) give it a go. I will always be eternally grateful that he made that decision, otherwise I wouldn’t have had those amazing experiences and fallen in love with a sport that gives me goosebumps…and I’m not talking about the chilly mountain air!
Even at 40, 50, 60 and now 70 he can take on most things on the mountain, but I’m sure that by far the best mountain moments for him have been skiing with his grandchildren.
Skiing is a sport where everyone young or old (sorry pops) can come together to share magic moments.