Maybe. Check in with yr kid Paul. Not saying he's not the next Jean-Claude Killy, but he could just have been out of control and couldn't stop. You see it a lot on the greens, and people will laugh it off .. but then maybe get reluctant to ski again. It can be scary. Luckily kids are very resilient, but confidence can take a shake.Our then 6 year old son was at the back, took one look at where the teacher was taking them then obviously thought "stuff this!" The instructor looked round to see him cutting through the zigzag and heading straight down the steep part almost as fast as the expert skiers who joined that section from one of the hardest routes there. He must have got down and had to wait several minutes until the group got down.