Getting kids out on the slopes is easier than you think. Skiing is a great family sport, and is something that all but the very smallest children can appreciate, but you will need to make sure that you properly equip your child to get out on the slopes.
Equipment rental is always a possibility, but if your family are keen skiers or you live in a ski area, then you really might want to consider buying equipment.
Most kids will get at least two seasons out of equipment, so it could be a good investment. Want to know what you should be buying? Here’s everything you need to get your child out on the slopes in no time…
Kids Skis Themselves
Kids skis should come somewhere between the child’s nose and chest area when the skis are placed next to the standing child. Shorter skis are going to be best for true beginners, since speeds will be slower, and if your child is a little underweight for his age you also might want to consider shorter skis.
Longer skis will mean more speed, and are also recommended for children who are a little above average weight. These kids skis are a good choice for smaller kids. Notice that they’re thicker than normal skis in order to give the child more control and stability.
For older children something more like this pair of skis may be more appropriate, since they’re a little thinner and will get a little more speed. When it comes to bindings, make sure that they’re tight and fit well and that they are specifically designed to be children’s bindings NOT adult models. The ski’s manufacturer will note whether bindings are adult or child appropriate.