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Skiing is a great kid-friendly sport, and it’s doesn’t have to be expensive thanks to a plethora of rental options. It’s also a great introduction to the more difficult sport of snowboarding, which tends to be more popular among teens. Whether you’re close to the slopes already or making a special trip of it, this resource guide will help kids learn how to ski from beginning to end.
Guide to Getting Started: From REI, this article lists everything from how to keep the kids warm to making learning to ski fun.
13 Tips for Skiing with Kids for the First Time: These tips will help you plan for the logistics of skiing with kids, with ideas like bringing a sled to drag supplies from the car.
Skiing Safely: Learn how to come prepared and stay safe on the slopes. These safety tips are especially important for beginners of all ages.
How to Use Chairlift: It’s not always as easy as it looks! This guide helps introduce kids on chairlift safety.
How to Start Your Kids Skiing: From Ski Magazine, here you’ll learn the value of bringing in a professional instructor to teach your kids how to ski.
The Athletic Stance for Skiing: This step-by-step guide illustrates how to make kids’ ski lessons a fun game with special focus on the ROCK stance.
CoachUp: Here you can find a private ski coach to train you and the whole family at once.
Skiing Etiquette: Learn the “traffic rules” of skiing and how to enjoy sharing the slopes.
Find the Correct Ski Size: Use this chart including age, height, and weight to determine ski length for your child.
Buy or Rent Kids Ski Gear: Check the pros and cons of buying new, buying used and renting ski gear for growing kids.
Buying Guide for Kids Skis: If you’re familiar with skiing, you’ll want to take a closer look at these technical differences in kids skis.
Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families: Ranked out of 100, these ski resorts have extra features to make skiing with kids easier.
Where’s the Best Place for Me?: Look for ski resorts by categories such as summer skiing or European locations.
Best Family Ski Resorts: These seven ski resorts were featured in Parenting magazine for their kid-friendly atmosphere and activities.
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5 Tips for Parents Choosing Kids Ski Gear: Get advice on materials and sizing for kids snow gear.
Choosing the Right Helmet for Your Child: This short guide will help you measure your child’s head for a properly fitting snow helmet.
How to Suit Up for the Hill: Here’s what to look for in ski gear from top to bottom, including helmets, pants, socks and gloves.
10 Best Ski Goggles for Kids: Learn what makes a quality pair of snow goggles and check some specific brands for reviews.
Always start off with renting, even if the adults in the family own their own equipment. Kids grow so fast that a purchased pair of skis and poles will be too small in roughly two years. The only exception would be if you have younger family members to whom you plan to pass the equipment down. Otherwise, the general recommendation is to save your money and rent on-site. That goes for helmets, too, but you’ll want to bring your own goggles, mittens, and other winter weather gear.
If you live near the slopes, consider getting an annual pass. Many of them include free admission for kids under a certain age. If you have to travel a considerable distance to ski, you might be better off skipping an annual pass and going for a family discount or a multi-day pass. Just make sure there aren’t any blackout dates and that multi-day passes don’t need to be used consecutively.
Dress in layers rather than going for an ultra heavy sweater or coat. Skiing is hard work and can really work up a sweat. With layers, you can peel down as you heat up. On the topic of clothing, be sure to participate in the soiree at your ski resort if there is one. Half the fun of ski trips is the socialization and good food that happens back at the lodge. Most soirees require formal wear, which is a fun opportunity to get kids involved in the more “grown up” aspect of skiing.
Make sure your kids know the etiquette of skiing, including how and when to yield to other skiers and how to avoid stopping in the middle of the slope. It’s also important to know the symbols for different slope difficulties: green circles are for beginners, blue squares are intermediate and black diamonds are difficult.