6 Tips for helping Teaching your kids to Ski
I didn’t grow up on the mountain but my husband has been skiing since he was 3! When we started dating in high school I had only been on a snowboard once and never really considered skiing before… it wasn’t exactly the “cool” thing at the time haha but he got me out on that hill and I quickly fell in love with it! He always had said that when we have kids we would get them out as soon as we could, and last week thats exactly what we did! Our 2 (almost 3) year old got out there and man did he make us proud, we definitely had some ups and downs with our little day trip but in the end it was an amazing first time experience!
Below is a list we compiled of helpful tricks that will hopefully get you and your littles well on your way to ripen up the bunny hills too!
One) Get the right equipment – This is a big one! And really you can’t do the rest without it! There are lots of plastic ski’s (and snowboard) options that are better on your budget but the good and proper equipment will be properly weighted to allow your kid to ski to the best of their ability! DON’T USE THE PLASTIC CHEAP OPTION. If you don’t want to own, you can always rent at the hill!
Two) PIZZA – This is the position you want your children feet to be in, the shape of a slice of pizza! This means their toes facing in towards each other, as best the can. This helps them to go slowly and maintain control.
Three) No Poles, Hands on the knees – When you ski as an adult you see most people using poles, its a great way to maintain balance and can double as a good tool to dig you out of sticky situations (not that I have any experience with that… haha) but for kids its not really a necessity and can actually be more of a burden. Let them concentrate on what their feet are doing and introduce the poles later. For now have them bend and put their hands on their knees to get the crouched position down…that is if they can remember to keep the stance! (by that I mean they won’t haha)
Four) A Good Attitude – This one is for YOU! If you go in with high expectations or thinking its going to be miserable – guess what… they won’t meet those and it will be! These are kids, toddlers for some of you and the fact they can walk, let alone, ski is amazing enough! This should be FUN for everyone but your kids certainly won’t be excited or enjoy themselves if you come in with a bad attitude.
Five) Positive Reinforcement – This is your time to boost that confidence! To really go above and beyond, encouragement feeds bravery. It not only will keep the spirits positive but the encouragement will give them the best memories and lead them to wanting to come back!
Six) Keep their Trust – Don’t push them beyond what they want to do, this really is the biggest one. If you decide to just let them go down the hill against their will they will end up resenting the sport and won’t trust you to keep them safe. Give them that safe and fun environment they need.
Best of luck and hope your family enjoys making some snowy memories together!
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