IGNITE THE SPARK
In the Gliding Start stage, children should focus on discovering winter sports in a playful environment where they can learn the fundamental movement skills while playing on skis. Children should ski as often as possible with parents to gain mileage to build confidence on snow.
- Boys 1-6
- Girls 1-6
- Snow Stars Level 1 - 3
- No formalized competition
Physical activity should be a fun part of a child’s life every day and is essential for healthy child development.
Active play is critical at this stage to build meaningful connections within the brain and between the brain and the child’s muscles.
Children should aim to ski as often as possible with parents and in a formalized setting with a trained or certified ski instructor or coach.
Activities should help children feel competent and comfortable with participating in a fun environment, which includes challenging activities and games.
For children with a disability, access to age and disability-appropriate adapted equipment is an essential contributor to successfully being physically active.
Children should participate in physical activity daily with an emphasis on having fun.
Higgs, Colin & Way, Richard & Harber, Vicki, Jurbala, Paul, Bayli, Istvan. (2019). Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity 3.0 - Final Draft January 2019. Canadian Sport for Life. ISBN: 978-1-927921-62-3.