Our first Mum and Me, Dad and Me session of the season has just finished and was a huge success. We had a tricky start (with much of the resort closed to due to blizzards) but it is safe to say that every single one of the children on the course had a fun time and made great improvements in their skiing.
Our 'older children' (aged 3-5) could hold a snow-plough all of the way down the green path by the end of their stay. This blog focuses on our youngest guest though who at 2 and a quarter was our youngest Mum and Me-er to date.
With such young children the whole concept of skiing can be completely alien. A good idea is to watch or read Peppa Pig learns to ski beforehand- this will at least familiarise them with some of the kit and the idea of sliding.
At first our young skier was not keen at all. Not keen on the ski boots, not keen on his helmet, not keen on the snow.... but as soon as those skis clicked on things changed. Suddenly all of this bizarre equipment was enabling him to do something really fun! By day 2 it was difficult to get him out of his skis... it was all he wanted to do, no hot chocolates needed!
It is important with little ones to manage your expectations. Some simply don't have the strength in their legs or the stamina to stand on skis for more that 20 minutes or so. Others could keep going for hours. Every day our little skier keenly clicked his skis on and went sliding down the green path holding on to a nanny's pole and following the other children. We didn't get much feedback except for the odd exclamation of "Yay." He watched and he learnt and we were delighted to see our superstar 2 year old open up a good solid snow-plough to stop on his final day on skis.
So to the answer the question. How young is too young?
The answer is it is all about fun. If your child has the strength, the concentration and generally enjoys being out on the snow, then it is well worth giving it a go. This isn't all children though and it isn't worth sending out an unhappy child- it certainly won't ruin their ski career to delay for a year.
If you do decide to start young then make sure you are in a set up where the children have 1:1 care as well as expert tuition as you will find within our Mum and Me programme.