This age level is time for the real world and real skis and a real decision for the majority of young ones. A decision by parents to have their child
learn to ski, even at this age, must be based on an important fact: The child must actually want to learn. One thing all ski experts agree on is the need to be patient and not push a child who, for whatever reason, is reluctant to ski now, but may tomorrow.

In other words, a child is ready to ski when he wants to ski. Not when parents feel he is.

Every parent must then make a second decision: Are you going to teach your child, or will you put him into ski school?

Before answering that question, meditate upon the words of an old skiing friend of mine, the late I. William Berry, a lifelong skiing addict, ski writer, one-time executive editor of Ski magazine, past president of the Eastern Ski Writers Association, and father of two children who are dynamite on the slopes, gbout who should teach children the skills of skiing: “Put them in [ski] school, unless you happen to be a certified instructor - at which time you already know enough to put them in [ski] school without my saying so.”

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