Canadian man gets children on the slopes from very early age

Published On January 2, 2013 | By Arielle Aronson

In New England, plenty of parents start teaching their children to ski or snowboard at a decently young age. After all, with an abundance of mountains nearby and a typically good length season for snow sports, learning to ski or snowboard can lead to years of winter family fun.

In Canada, however, one man is teaching his children to snowboard at an extremely young age. How young is extremely young? We’re talking an 18-month-old who doesn’t speak in complete sentences yet and snowboards with a pacifier in his mouth.

The toddler’s name is Nevek, and his father was spied hitting the slopes with the young boy and his three-year-old sister in Quebec recently. He says his motives for teaching his children to snowboard are family-oriented; since he hits the slopes every weekend, he said he likes to maximize family time by taking his children with him.

While the man (who wanted to remain anonymous) is a bit over-eager in getting his children on the mountains, he isn’t deluded as to how good his children’s boarding abilities are.

When asked whether the three-year-old has given his 18-month-old son any pointers, the proud father claimed “she’s not good enough” as he laughed at the question.

The snowboarding father seemed to be taking proper precautions when it came to the child’s safety. The toddler wore a helmet, full winter coat, snow pants, gloves, goggles and a neckwarmer. He even had his pacifier clipped to his coat so the precious soother would not be lost.

But is 18 months too young to introduce a child to a sport. Should you wait until your child can string a sentence together or graduates out of diapers? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arielle Aronson is a sports writer and recent graduate from Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism Magna Cum Laude. Arielle has a passion for sports cultivated from growing up with two older brothers. She also enjoys playing the piano, reading and traveling.