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I want to teach my 4 year old to ride. Seems like 4 is the early age to start skiing, but is there a rule for age to start snowboarding?

She is strong and pretty coordinated for a kid her age.

Anyone have experience teaching kids this age? I expect I would get her lessons.

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If she is active, can listen to commands like stop and go consistently, then chances are she is good to go. Equipment at that age is imperitative. and 4 is not to early to learn to ski. My wife was on skis before that. Get her out there and if she likes snowboarding then awesome you won't have to worry about skiing. If she isn't having so much fun toss her on skis. Initially it is just learning to have fun on snow.. you can always bring her to the dark side later
 

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I saw a little girl on a board just yesterday who had just turned 4 last month. 4 year old skiers seem to be a little more common, but I can only imagine it must really depend on the 4 year old.
 

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I believe you can if she is strong and coordinated, but 4 is still a little on the young side. I think her emotional maturity might be a factor, as she will spend a lot of time flopping on the ground.

Our local mountain ski school won't take snowboarders until age 6. Will yours accept a 4 year-old?
 

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No two 4 year olds are the same. Here is the broad generalization.

A 4 year old on skis should be able to learn straight running, slowing down, stopping and turns the first day out.

A 4 year old on a board should be able to walk around the flats, climb for short distances, straight run and probably not much else.

Google the CAP model if you are interested in why, particularly the P.

Most ski schools do have a minimum age 6-7 for snowboard group lessons but will take kids younger in private lessons.
 

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Thanks all. I guess people really should learn to ski and snowboard. Certainly helps me predict what skiers will do on the hill and prevent collisions. The mountains around here start snowboarding lessons at 6.

Catman that is very impressive. I have never seen a kid ride like that at his age.
 

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It really depends on the kid. My daughter kicked butt but my son only had dreams of jumping and not actually learning. Stick with the kid, mine had problems standing so by the end of the day, my arms ended up sore. Also check bindings at the start of each run. I also found basically holding onto them getting off the lift the first few times help. Take lots of breaks and use positive reinforcement.
 

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It all depends on the kid. They need to have the strength and the personal motovation. Check out this 3 year old.

 

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There's a "dad" with 2 boys at the hill, maybe 5 and 6. See them pretty frequently and almost always yell something positive. They were on the lift in front of me the other day. The smallest of the two, falls getting of the lift. Immediately crawls to the side to get out of the way. I see them mostly on "blues", chasing each other.
 

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I boarded with a 4 year old b4. Actually he learned to ski. Then he learned to board at 5 because all the "cool kids" boarded while his parents are like the only ones who skiied.

But they are OK. Just make sure you keep them in sight and don't let them stray too far away. But even at 5, this kid knew where to go better than anyone else did when we were "babysitting" him. Because we like were trying to make a lodge on the other side of the mountain before all the lifts close and he just goes "follow me" and took off. None of us knew where to go but we had to follow him because we didn't want to slose him...but what do you know, he took us straight there through many forks and turns and at the end he was just boasting like "see...I tol you i no where i wuz goin...but no one believed me cuz i am just a kid!" lol
 

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It really depends on the kid. My daughter kicked butt but my son only had dreams of jumping and not actually learning. Stick with the kid, mine had problems standing so by the end of the day, my arms ended up sore. Also check bindings at the start of each run. I also found basically holding onto them getting off the lift the first few times help. Take lots of breaks and use positive reinforcement.
Yeah, sometimes it's just naturally easy for one vs. another like anything in life. They recently isolated a gene that aids in muscle contraction or something like that. They tested a group of sprinters and all of them have it. If you don't have it, your choice of being good at athletics is limited. So in addition, there are prolly ones that aid in balance/orientation, oxygen utilization, etc. too that can determine success in snowboarding to a degree.

EDIT: on a side note, there was this multiple time cross country winner or something like that. They found some sort of mutation in his family line that gave some of them more production of red blood cells if I remeber correctly. This allows more oxygen to be carried trough the body. Some atheletes have also removed their blood, waited to grow more, then injected it back before the competition to achieve this effect. It's called "blood doping" I think.
 

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Thanks all. I guess people really should learn to ski and snowboard. Certainly helps me predict what skiers will do on the hill and prevent collisions. The mountains around here start snowboarding lessons at 6.

Catman that is very impressive. I have never seen a kid ride like that at his age.
Thank you. We have a blast when we are riding
 

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wow.. kid's pretty good. just a little polishing up and he'll definitely be an insanely good snowboarder.


What board is he riding?
 
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