"It's the skis that make you a skier, not poles! First-time little skiers won't need poles. It's better to learn proper balance without 'em. They're tough for tiny hands to hold, and with so many other things to focus on, they just turn into a distraction. Also, they are unwieldy when trying to get on a chairlift with children.
Wait to add poles until they graduate to the more challenging Blue terrain."