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Cross country / langlaufen for children

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Has anyone experience with cross country skiing with young children? At which age can they start and do they need lessons or will they learn by themselves? My daughter is 3,5 years old and we would like to introduce her to xc-skiing this year but we are not sure if it is too early. She is clumsy and easily scared (like her mom), but she likes to do outdoor activities.
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Hi all,

Has anyone experience with cross country skiing with young children? At which age can they start and do they need lessons or will they learn by themselves? My daughter is 3,5 years old and we would like to introduce her to xc-skiing this year but we are not sure if it is too early. She is clumsy and easily scared (like her mom), but she likes to do outdoor activities.
Hard to say. I'm an alpine instructor (I xc too but don't teach it), and for that for kids to actually get anywhere I say age 4 or 5 is best.... but 3 is ok if they just want to have a slide around for an hour, just don't expect them to "ski" at that age or to be able to spend hours doing it.

If you want to give it a try, definitely get an instructor.
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Hi all,

Has anyone experience with cross country skiing with young children? At which age can they start and do they need lessons or will they learn by themselves? My daughter is 3,5 years old and we would like to introduce her to xc-skiing this year but we are not sure if it is too early. She is clumsy and easily scared (like her mom), but she likes to do outdoor activities.

Back in Canada my kids did an XC ski program called "jackrabbits". Most of the skill learning takes place 5-9, but there were absolutely people registering 4 year olds and even younger in the most basic class called "BunnyRabbits".



Start on easy terrain and have realistic expectations. The day's ski outing for your daughter might be shuffling a few hundred metres and then playing in a snow drift.
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Re: Cross country / langlaufen for children

Where I come from, it was whenever you can walk, you can ski. Of course there are all types of societal differences on the subject. At a young age it is more important to encourage fun and getting out in the snow in my experience. Look for a child friendly place where you can do different lengths of loops and easier terrain to start. Best to try it out bit by bit and see how they do and obviously don't go for a 5k a to b trail to start. I also would not invest in lessons, its more about learning to walk on skis and balance and they'll pick that up if they have the interest and patience.
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Re: Cross country / langlaufen for children

Take a look at the local ski clubs near you (search langlaufclub, nordicclub, skiclub, etc.,...). Many of these will offer a Kids Course this winter. For the young ones, it's pretty much just shuffling around playing games and getting used to the feel of having skis on your feet. 1 hour per week for a month or two is perfect. Many clubs should have equipment for rent for the season for dirt cheap as well.
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Re: Cross country / langlaufen for children

Our youngest started XC-skiing at that age. Classic is actually pretty easy to begin with as the tracks keep the skis straight, so it's basically just going for a (very slow) walk.

Some advice: pick a sunny day and a nice flat piste with a warm cafe/bar nearby so you can stock up on hot chocolate etc afterwards!

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Re: Cross country / langlaufen for children

Thanks for the tips!
I am not expecting her to do a full day of skiing this year of course , but based on what you say we will give it a try and start indoctrinating her with the xc-virus.
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So just found some older pictures and we actually took him XC skiing for the first time when he was 2y8m...
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