Ski Tips For Kids
Have your child memorize the "Your
Responsibility Code." It's the seven rules of the slopes and
many accidents can be avoided by adhering to the Code.
Snow Sport helmets are a good idea. If your
child wears a ski helmet, remember you may have to raise your voice
more to get their attention because a helmet may impede their
hearing. Make sure the helmet fits correctly. A ski helmet is not
an item you buy for your child to grow into. Educate your child
about the benefits and limitations of the helmet. Wearing a helmet
doesn't give permission to ski or snowboard faster or
Dress in layers. Layering allows you to
accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For
example, dress your kids in polypropylene underware (top and
bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs
sweat and keeps you warm. Your kids should also wear a turtleneck,
sweater and waterproof jacket.
When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is
water and wind-resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers,
snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to
the chin and deep pockets. Be sure to buy your children quality
Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Kids
should wear a hat or headband, 80 percent of heat-loss is through
the head. Kids should also wear gloves or mittens (mittens are
usually better for kids who are susceptible to cold hands).
Be sure they wear sun protection, even on
cloudy days. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you
think! A ski vacation with a sun burn is no fun!
Kids should have sunglasses and goggles with
them. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear eye
Be sure you child has the name and phone
number of your hotel written down on a piece of paper and it's in a
secure pocket. If you carry a cell phone, include this number
Although it is very unlikely that your child
would get separated from the instructor, be sure your child has a
trail map and is able to remember the instructor's name.
Make sure your child knows when to stop
skiing. For example, if the clothing layer next to their skin stays
wet and they're chilled, if they're injured, have a problem with
equipment or even if they're simply worn out. Educate them that
it's alright to stop before the end of the day and breaks are
Make a meeting place if you get separated, for
example, at the bottom of chairlift #2. The walkie talkies now
available are convenient and a big hit on the slopes.
Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Put your kids in ski school to get them on the right track.
Children's instructors know how to teach kids, it's their business.
Then you'll enjoy skiing with your kids and they will be proud to
show you their skiing abilities.
When you've decide what area to take your ski trip, call the ski
resorts in the area and research how each area's children ski
school programs are structured. Ask about the number of kids in the
class? What if your child gets cold? What if your child wants to
stop skiing after one hour? Does the ski school offer pagers?
An observance from a long-time skier is that
when his daughter skied with him, she regressed, as opposed to
skiing with her peers in a lesson. "She wanted to ski in-between my
legs and fell down more often. We had fun with her being silly, but
a lesson allowed her to focus on her skiing and she really
Starting your kids early, opens a world of
adventure, fun, laughter and beautiful scenery unsurpassed, from
many other sports and interests. It's a tremendous feeling to learn
that your kids' fondest childhood memories were of your family ski
vacations and now skiing has become an important element in their
lives. Your kids will be forever grateful to you when they become