Preschool series. Join Esther as she goes skiing for the first time with her family in Scotland. Her instructor teaches her to put her skis on and ski down the mountain.
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This is Esther and she is five years old.
That's her older sister, Eva, and her mum and dad.
Come on then!
Why don't we do a race to the top of the hill and see who wins?
Esther loves playing on big slides.
Wee! That looks fun.
-Oh, wait for me, Esther.
-Catch her up.
She's too fast.
Today, Esther is going to do something new for the first time,
but what will it be?
This is Esther's memory box.
It helps her remember all the exciting things that have happened.
See if you can spot what goes in it today.
Esther, you know how you liked going down the slides today?
Well, Mummy and Daddy have got a surprise for you.
-Would you like to go on a ski trip?
-Well, we're going to go on a ski trip. How does that sound?
Good. Come on then.
Wow, Esther, a ski trip? That sounds like great fun.
Skiing is a winter sport where you use skis
to glide across the snow.
There are different types of snow sports, such as snowboarding
They can be quite tricky, so you have to practice.
When there's no snow, you can go to a dry ski slope,
which is a place where you can ski without snow.
Esther has come to a dry ski slope for a practice lesson
before she goes on her ski trip, where she'll ski on real snow.
-Hello, have you come for a ski?
-What's your name?
-You going to do some skiing?
While I'm getting your boots, could you go
and see how tall you are?
How tall are you, Esther?
OK, so we're 1.15. So, Esther,
these are going to be your boots.
These are going to be your skis and also,
I'm going to give you a helmet, OK? Cool.
Here's a lovely pink helmet for you.
Esther put on her boots, gloves and helmet.
Everyone gets their skis.
Then off they go.
-It's like walking on the moon, isn't it, Esther?
I'm going to show you how to put your skis on.
So, I'm going to come down here
and we're going to pop the toe in here, line up the back
and can you press down hard for me? Press, press, press.
And we're in. Can we try this one?
Press, press, press, and we're in.
Sometimes it gets stuck on the mat.
Shall I put my skis on now as well? Shall we go for a walk?
Let's go. OK, guys, we're going to slide our feet.
That's good, we're marching now.
Now you can slide on those skis, it's time to go down the hill.
OK, are we ready? Are you excited?
Can you put your hands on your knees for me?
We're just going to let the skis go straight
and we're going to start to slide, and we're off.
Yeah! Well done, Esther.
-A big cheer!
-Well done, Esther.
-OK, we're going to do some balancing exercises
because when we're skiing, it's not always flat so we have to get
used to moving around on the skis.
We're going to touch our boot, see how many we can do, OK?
We're all going to have a try. Don't forget to count. Here we go.
And, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Oops! Never mind, let's try again.
You were concentrating too much on your counting.
One, two, three, and we're off.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
That was brilliant, Esther. I wonder how Dad will do.
One, two, three, four...
Oh, he only managed four.
I think you need to keep practising, Dad.
The first thing to go into Esther's memory box is the dry ski slope.
It's time for Esther's family to go on their big ski trip.
Mum is helping Esther finish her packing.
-Where are we going?
-What are we going to be doing?
-Skiing down a mountain.
It's so exciting, isn't it?
Let's get your snow boots as well, girls.
Hope you've packed your gloves!
Right, put this one down here.
There we are, snow boots in, and I think that's just about us sorted.
-Can you get into the car? Shall we get into the car, ready for Mum?
Right, come on then.
Esther and her family have come to Scotland to ski on real snow.
To get the top of the mountain, Esther and her family
are using a special train called a funicular.
Come on, girls, let's get on the train.
Down we go, that's it.
Move right to the end so that everybody can squeeze in.
-Who's going to be the first to see the snow?
We're going to go all the way up the mountain, up there. Can you see?
-Off we go!
-Right, we're off.
-I can see the snow!
-What can we see?
And lots of it. Look, there's snow everywhere!
-Who can see the digger?
Do you know what they use that for?
It makes the snow nice and flat, so everyone can ski.
Here comes the tunnel.
Oh, we're going through a tunnel.
It's dark. You're almost at the top.
The second thing into the memory box is the funicular.
-I've come for my ski lesson.
-Are you ready for your ski lesson then?
Right, let's go. Come on.
What's the snow like to walk on, Esther?
Whoa! It's because it's really deep.
Be careful not to slip.
Esther, how are we doing? We'll just take your skis
and I just want to see if you can remember
which bits of the ski do what. What does this bit do?
So, this is where your foot is.
Put your foot in there and then that's the slidey bit.
-Does that bit make you go quickly?
Then you put this bit in that boot first.
Then that bit in here and then push down.
-Then it pops up like that, doesn't it?
Well done, Esther, you've remembered how the skis work.
We'll turn your skis sideways like this. OK?
If you step between them and hold on to my shoulder
so you've you got a bit of balance and put your toe in,
just like you said, and push down.
Fantastic. You're ready to go.
-It's pretty slippery, isn't it?
Are you ready to ski now?
What we'll do, I'll get my skis on,
-and then we'll ski down the mountain.
This is going to be fun.
The third thing into the memory box is Esther's skis.
Esther's learning how to use her skis on the snow.
Keep them wide. Whoa!
Let's get you back up again and keep going.
One, two, three, hup.
Don't worry, keep trying.
-Look at me.
-That's it, Esther.
You've really got the hang of it now.
You're doing really well.
Well done, Esther!
-OK, how was that?
-Right, shall be head for the lifts?
-Right, come on then, let's go.
Ski lifts are machines that transport people
to the top of the hill so they can ski back down.
It's a lot easier than walking up the ski slope.
-Hold on tight, Esther.
-Why is it going really fast?
Oh, because we've gone from standing still to going
really fast along the hill.
Oh, we're at the top. We can ski back down.
Esther is learning to zigzag down the mountain
so she doesn't go too fast and fall over.
Esther, you've really improved!
Snowplough, Eva! Snowplough!
All the family are joining in.
That looks like a lot of fun.
Good! Well done, guys.
Don't forget you can use the lift to go back to the top.
But what are Mum and Dad doing?
Snowball fight? Quick, get Dad!
Don't gang up on me.
Ha, good shot, Mum.
You started it, Dad. Got you!
-Who wants to do some snow angels?
Snow angels, now that sounds like a great idea.
You're making a great snow angel, Esther.
Give me your hands.
I'll pull you up and then we'll look and there's your snow angel.
-That's a lovely one, Esther.
The fourth thing into the memory box is a snow angel.
Well done, Esther!
Today, Esther went on a ski trip.
Do you remember what happened?
Let's have a look in the memory box.
First, Esther had a practice lesson at the dry ski slope.
Then she went to Scotland for her ski trip
where the funicular took her up the mountain.
Next she skied down the hill and finally, Esther made a snow angel.
Today, Esther went on a ski trip.
There's a first time for everything.
Join Esther as she goes skiing for the first time. Esther is enjoying playing in the park when Dad asks if she'd like to go on a ski trip. Esther and her family go to a dry ski slope to practice skiing before going to Scotland to ski on real snow.
Once they arrive in Scotland, they get a funicular railway to the top of the ski slope. Esther meets her instructor for her ski lesson. She learns to put her skis on, skis down the mountain, and then finishes the day by making snow angels.