One of the most important elements of alpine skiing, or any other snow sport, is the opportunity to HAVE FUN. This is especially important with young skiers new to the sport. Younger skiers, especially pre-teen, should be encouraged to ski for fun and to try the many different types of skiing from alpine to cross country to snowboarding and more.
Skiing is a unique activity among Olympic sports. It is one of the most recreationally oriented of all Olympic sports, with a strong base of skiers who make their passion a lifetime sport. And it is the fun and excitement of the sport, which will lead youngsters to eventual athletic success (1999 USSA Alpine Competition Guide).