7 things that can help you when taking kids skiing
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I have been sorting our ski gear today, measuring my kids pants and seeing if their ski boots where still ok for their feet, and doing some adjustments on them. This is the third season on the same boots and I just have to change the settings on the boots of my youngest to the third position, whereas my eldest still is in the same setting. I am thinking that he has been skiing with big boots for some seasons now! They seem to be ok, and he still have four settings to change in his Roces boots…. Here is a post of the Roces boots if you want to read more on them.
But while looking at my boxes where I put away all our ski gear and clothing, I’ve found some things that I really used over the years.
Here is a list of them and how they can be of use for you on this coming season.
- Walkie Talkies- A good pair of walkie talkies stuffed inside a sock and guarded into an interior pocket of your jacket is great for communicating with kids. You need to keep the walkie talkies warm, because the battery can die quickly when it is cold. They are great to communicate with your kids, or from kid to kid when they are having some time off, maybe not the best if skiing down at speed I would say- same restrictions should apply as those for driving and using a mobile phone- basically, don’t use them while skiing!
- Edgie-Wedgies for young kids when starting to ski and they don’t have the strength to open their legs in a wedge. The Edgie Wedgies are a piece of cord that clamps to the tip of little skiers. It makes them ski with their skis together, but not overlapping one ski on top of the other one. It is great for starting skiing, and you should stop using them when the kids have the strength of doing the snowplough or wedge on its own.
- Toddler harness with reins – when you have a small kid that starts skiing, I think these are great. I used more the harness alone than the reins. A teacher told me that the reins might make the kid start going backwards and not putting his torso towards the mountain, so it might delay his learning process. We started using it, but as with lessons kids learn in one or two days how to stop with the snowplough, they did not need any more the reins to go down. I loved the harness though, because I loved to be able to get them from a handle when getting into a lift, to make sure they did not slide down under the safety bar of the chairlift. Also it is useful when you need to get your kid up when he has fallen in the snow. I had two models, one with a front and back handle and one with one handle (that could be used front or back). I used the one with one handle with my elder boy, and the one with two handles for my youngest. I used the handle in the back, because I’ve preferred to be able to catch up with him from his back if he was skiing off fast, and to grab him from the back when riding the chairlift.
- Ski Straps. They are basically a piece of fabric with Velcro, that allows you to keep your ski tips together when carrying them. You can use them while carrying the skis and then put them in your pocket. Small, light and practical. Keep on using them a lot.
- Ski carrier straps. These are an amazing invention. If you do need to walk with your skis to get to the lifts, and you don’t want to carry your skis and your kids’ skis, then I suggest you get them. They are not too expensive and there are different models. I use for myself one that has a double strap and I use it as a backpack. My kids have a model that is only one strap and they put it across their bag. Some models also carry skis and poles.
- Handwarmers – you never know what kind of winter it would be out there. Last year it was really mild when we went in February, but the year before we had everyday temperatures of – 17 C. This could cause the make or break of a ski holiday. If you have a cold kid that does not want to venture outside as he is suffering in the chairlift, you should be ready to have them dressed in layers and also always carry Handwarmers. I bought a big box of them on Amazon, and still have many stuffed in my ski box, so I can use them when necessary. I have also used them on the top of my ski boot (only if you have space for that, is not the best, but when you are really cold, it would help!) If you want, you will find them for sure in the shops by the lifts, but usually are pretty expensive per pair, comparatively to buying a box with many pairs before leaving home.
- The ultimate perfect snowball maker- this is completely for a laugh. We got two as a gift from my youngest boy’s best friend. The boys love them. The balls that area done are a bit hard though, so use with care! If not, just a good snowball fight is always possible with some good gloves. Take a second pair of gloves that can stay dry for the next day’s adventures on the slopes.
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