Get Your Kids Ready

Get Your Kids Ready for Ski and Ride School


Are your kids going to ski school this winter? Without a doubt, ski and ride school is the best investment a family can make in winter sports. Why? Because although there are parents out there who can teach their kids to ski or ride, most of us 1) don’t have the patience, 2) don’t have the training and 3) are way too emotionally invested in the outcome. Turn the teaching over to the pros and go enjoy yourself, alone or with friends, on the slopes.

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Prepare Your Kids For Ski School

No matter how old your child is, going to ski or ride school can be stressful — especially if the child doesn’t know what to expect. There’s a shock factor. It’s like going back to school for the first day, in a new town. Your child may have questions or fears, but not verbalize them. Questions like these: “Will the teacher be nice?” “Will the other kids be nice?” “Can I do this?” “Where will my parents be?”

Whether your kids are going to ski school one time, for a several consecutive days, or over the course of the season, here are some steps you can take before the lessons start to make sure your kids have fun and learn a lot and you get your money’s worth.

1. Do Your “Homework.”

Before the first class, sit down with your child and visit some websites. Visit the website of the resort where the lessons will take place. Look at the trail map. Point out the ski school and where you, the parent, will be while the child is in class. If you’re staying at the resort, point out your lodging. Get your child situated and familiar with the resort. Be sure to look for kid-friendly pages on the website. In addition, visit or for fun information and games and watch the videos at the PSIA/AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

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Professional Ski Instructors of America
American Association of Snowboard Instructors - Eastern Division

Leader Center for Snowsports Education

5 Columbia Circle
Albany, New York 12203

Phone (518) 452-6095
Fax (518) 452-6099

Questions? Ideas? Email us: psia-e(at)