What age should I start my kids skiing?

Posted 13th August 2015

What age should I start my kids skiing?

Skiing with Children


At NINE & TENNE we specialise in organising luxury family ski holidays; in fact about 90% of our clients are family groups so we are well practiced in helping parents getting their children on the slopes.

In truth there is no hard and fast rule what age your children can start skiing as it all depends on the individual child. Generally speaking they can start between 3 and 5 years old, however don’t expect too much from the three year olds.  It’s a great idea getting them going young but if they don’t have the strength, stamina or concentration to last very long on the slopes it will have an impact on their enjoyment and your ski time.

What to expect from three year olds:

What to expect from five year olds:

How to make a family ski trip successful?

Here are our top tips!

1) Choose a family friendly resort…

with a short transfer time and child friendly skiing, because some resorts such as Chamonix or Zermatt have very difficult access to the beginner slopes and they can be very exposed (cold and windy) for small people.

We think Chatel is a fantastic family resort because:

2) Choose the right ski school option

If budget allows, from our experience having a private instructor works really well with very young children. Having that personal caring touch from a good instructor works so much better than a large group lesson.

3) Ski with friends

If your children have friends of a similar age and ability to learn with it makes it much more fun, so it’s a good idea to book your ski holiday with family friends.


4) Don’t force it

The most important thing to remember is keeping it fun. If they are too small and not enjoying it, don’t force them. You want their first experience to be enjoyable so they want to ski again next year.


5) Snow dome

If you can visit (have a few lessons) in one of the English snow domes before your holiday it gives children a real head start on day one of your holiday. They will know how to walk in ski boots, how to put skis on and give them a general idea of what skiing is all about.

6) Don’t watch!

Whichever lesson format you choose it’s best to leave the children with the instructor and let him / her do their job. We know as parents ourselves that if we are around our children will play up. They will focus, concentrate and bond with the instructor much more if you’re not standing on the side lines.

7) Chalet with a pool

Young children are not going to be able to ski from 9am – 4pm everyday. We find that most children can manage one run after lunch so if your ski day is finishing at 2pm it’s a good idea to have an afternoon activity on your doorstep. Having a chalet with a pool is a great way to ensure the fun doesn’t have to stop once you leave the slopes.

Family ski holidays should be one of the highlights of the year so we hope this information helps you choose the right time to start skiing with your children. If you would like any more information please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Nick Williams  February 2020

A beautiful Chalet in the village of Chatel which oozes charm and tradition. Paddy and his team take care of everything from driving you to the town and slopes to cooking delicious evening meals. We had a great week here (despite the lack of snowfall) and will definitely be returning.

Allison Bright  January 2020

We had an incredible weekend at the chalet with friends. Every detail was looked after brilliantly. The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend Nine and Tenne Chalet to anyone and we can’t wait to come back! It was perfection.

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Had an amazing week for Christmas. Paddy was great, recommending ski areas along with restaurants. The Chalet was extremely comfortable, with delicious food and a constant warm reception.

Gareth Jones  February 2020

I stayed here with a group of friends in January 2020. WOW. As someone who is certainly not accustomed to being looked after everything about this place just blew me away. The house itself is large and spacious enough that even a large group such as ours had enough space to relax in. The staff including our lovely hosts and chef couldn’t done enough to help us and every single meal and snack they made for us was a delight (they catered to everyone’s specific dietary needs too). Absolutely perfect experience, thank you so much to all of the Nine & Tenne team xx

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