As a responsible parent, I was shocked at your thoughtless decision to publish "Toddlers to the Slopes" {Nov. 15, 1987}, in which Geoffrey Aronson extols the virtues of strapping his 1 1/2-year-old to his back while he skis. His reasoning: "Why should babies and toddlers have to spend their days in some stuffy day-care center while parents and older siblings enjoy the thrill of the downhill schuss?"

The reason children too young to ski should be kept off ski slopes is simple and should be obvious to any sensible person: safety. Skiing is a risk-filled (many would say dangerous) sport. Falling or being slammed into by an out-of-control skier are givens in this sport. Although I am a cautious, controlled skier with 26 years of experience, I -- like everyone else I know who skis -- have had my share of falls, bruises, torn ligaments and the like. And it doesn't take much analysis to conclude that such falls and injuries are likelier to occur if the skier has a squirming 30-pound weight on his or her back.

Even if a skier uses a sturdy, aluminum-frame backpack, all it takes is one fall at the wrong angle, and the result is a 125-to-200 pound adult falling -- hard -- on a 25-to-30 pound infant. Broken arms, concussions and crushed ribs are then an inevitability for the child.

Parents carrying children on their backs while skiing are a danger to themselves, their children and other skiers. Children below skiing age belong off the slopes. Any ski resort operating company that allows an adult on a ski slope with a child strapped to his or her back is acting recklessly and irresponsibly. Laurel W. Glassman Washington