Ski lessons for little ones?

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Big Kids, Activities: Babies, Places To Go, Toys

In less than two weeks, we're off to Lake Tahoe for a week. This time of year, of course, the activities are all centered on snow -- skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. Thus far, we've limited our adventures to the latter, but as Jared is getting older, I'm wondering if it's worth it to start the kids on ski or snowboard lessons.

I know that the ski resorts offer lessons to kids starting at three (Sara is pushing four; Jared is nearly six), but I'm wondering if we should bother. Neither Rachel nor I are skiers (I've been twice, she never) so it's not like we're missing out on anything because of the kids. The kids seem happy to go sledding and just roll around in the snow.

So, given that we have a limited amount of time, and that we see snow just once a year for a week, is it worth it to pursue lessons? Or should we just let them enjoy sledding and sliding and making snowmen? Are they missing out by not learning to ski? Have any of your kids had ski lessons at such an early age?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.