TIP: Teaching Your Toddler To Ski
Many ski schools won't allow children under four or five to enroll in ski school lessons. What if you have a toddler who is gung ho to hit the snow? Consider a private lesson or if you are a competent skier yourself, consider time on snow with your little one an investment in a future love of skiing.
Watch: Have your little one watch other kids in ski school. There's nothing like actually seeing it to get a feel for what to expect. Plus your child will see other kids falling and laughing... so they understand it is OK to fall.
Slide: Click into one ski and just practice sliding around. Have your child get a feel for how the ski moves.
Go: If they have mastered one ski, try two. Choose a location where the run out goes up hill. They will feel the sensation of speed, yet remain safe.
Trouble? Many toddlers do not have the muscle strength to maintain a standing position on skis. Remember to make the experience fun and limit expectations on both your child's part and your own. Start with small increments on time on snow: half hour to an hour max on the first day.
Still sliding? Time for the beginner lift. Many resorts have Magic Carpets, which are the best way to go, or head to a slow moving chair. Be prepared to lift your child onto the chair lift. A Kiddie Lift harness works great (and saves your back). Hold onto your child during the lift ride and boost them off the chair to disembark. Have them lean on you for support. And guess what? That lift ride will be the highlight of the day!
Tools: Wedge locks, Kiddie Lifts, and H Bars are great for learning to ski. See our Teaching Aid section in our KidzStore for purchase.
Fun: Both you and your child must be having fun. If not, save it for another day. Happy sliding!
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