It sounds simple, but it's not as easy as one might think. The right exposure at the right time and the engagement of families and the community are critical.
The the three most important factors are:
1. Gradual exposure to the skills, complexity, time/family commitments,
and expenses of the sport.
2. "Ski for Sport" programs during the skill development window of 9-13 years old.
With entry before 11 being optimal.
3. Staying in a competitive program through growth spurts and beyond.