Skiing With Kids Resource Guide

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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.

How To Start Skiing

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.

Getting Kids Skis 

Buy or Rent Kids Ski Gear: Check the pros and cons of buying new, buying used and renting ski gear for growing kids.

Finding a Place to Ski

Best U.S. Ski Resorts for Families: Ranked out of 100, these ski resorts have extra features to make skiing with kids easier.


Kids Ski Gear

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.


Final Tips To Make Skiing Safe & Fun Sport For The Whole Family

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.


Skiing For Kids Beginner Level


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