Best Time to Begin Skiing Is Age of 4
Clapper, Bill, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
What is the best age to start your child skiing? The short answer is, when they're ready - around 4 for most children. Ski schools generally maintain that younger children don't have the muscles or attention span for a structured, day-long program.
Around the Middle Atlantic area, most ski schools will take children 4 and older. There are, however, situations where a 2- or 3-year-old can be involved in less structured snow play sessions, or just slide around with mom or dad.
Most programs allow a toddler to opt out if he doesn't want to go out into the snow. For those who want to, the time outside is about fun - with some subtle instructions and techniques introduced.
Programs that break up the snow time with rest periods and snacks are the most popular. For parents and children who prefer to play together, there are devices that help hoist a child onto a lift and a variety of leashes. Most ski shops have these devices, Or go online to www.kidsnsnow.com.
SNOWSHOE LEADS PARADE - Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia continues to lead the Middle Atlantic and Southeast regions in all categories that count - depth of snow, amount of snowmaking, number of trails open and rooms available for the holiday period. A recent trip to Snowshoe confirmed reports of 5 feet of snow, while the skiing and riding were terrific.
In fact, a review of snow condition reports from the Southeast show that Snowshoe has more terrain open than all other resorts in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina combined. Here's a deal that's hard to pass up: book three nights at Snowshoe and get a fourth night and a fourth lift ticket free from Jan. 9-13. Full details are on Snowshoe's Web site at www.snowshoemtn.com.
CAMELBACK OPENS - Camelback Ski Area, Tannersville, Pa., opened for the season yesterday with six trails and three chair lifts running. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, Camelback will open from 12:30-5 p.m. Night skiing begins next Sunday, with the area operating until 10 p. …