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Why Britain's biggest thrill-seekers are 10 year old kids

Why Britain's biggest thrill-seekers are 10 year old kids

What makes kids better than many adults at skiing, snowboarding and other extreme sports?

Through recent research with a top clinical psychologist, we have found that it is, in fact, in-built childhood fearlessness that makes youngsters so good at extreme sports. And it isn’t just skiing they excel at. We have identified children aged just 10-years-old as the nation’s biggest thrill-seekers.

Dr Spelman said: “Children can often be quite fearless because they don't understand the concept of fear until they reach a certain stage of their life where nature and nurture takes force.”

Most kids experience or learn about fear for the first time when they reach secondary school aged 11. So until then, remain far more fearless than older children or adults.

Children also have an egocentric view of the world and can be ignorant to the feelings of other people or the consequences that they may have to face.

Our chief executive, Morwenna Angove, said: “It is this biological idiosyncrasy that explains both why children seem to seek out thrills, without a thought for the consequences or the risks involved, but also are often brutally honest about things that adults would be far more diplomatic about – like telling someone with a big nose that they have a big nose.”

“But it also drives their excellence when it comes to sports like skiing and snowboarding. Harnessing that fearlessness is really potent when to comes to excelling on the slopes and young kids have a real handle on it.”

“We should be encouraging them to catch the skiing and snowboarding bug before that fear develops.”

Young thrill seekers can now get their kicks at our special Snow Camps. Snow Camps are the ideal opportunity for 6 to 16 year old skiers or 8-16 year old snowboarders to hit the slopes in the holidays.

There are various snow camps available, catering for both complete beginners and those already competent on the slope. Plus there are taster days so that children can have a go at everything – playing in the snow park, a ski taster and a snowboard taster plus use of the climbing wall.

Each camp runs from 9am-5pm with limited spaces available so book in advance to avoid disappointment.


To find out more about how you can get your kids involved in skiing or snowboarding make sure to check out our Kids' Snow School and Kids' Camps pages.  

9/12/2014 4:55:51 PM

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