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What are some awesome things to do with my kids, i would love information on kid friendly skiing locations and skiing gear for kids..thanks guys

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I think you'll get more information if you provide more information.  How old are the kids?  Heights, weights?  Where do you live?  What skiing experience is there in the family?  How much do you want to spend?

 

To answer your questions directly...

 

Awesome things to do with kids: (1) ski with them, (2) stick them in ski school

 

Kid friendly ski areas:  most of them, large and small

 

Gear:  (1) rent as part of a kids package, (2) season rental from a shop, (3) buy what looks nice

 

There's a lot of information here if you search for it.  Most topics related to kids and skiing have been covered pretty well.  Take some time to read through old posts.

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How old are they?  How many are there?  Have they ever skied before?  

 

Here's what I did this year:

 

One kid (age 5) in lessons once a week with a seven week package.  He was in a class with friends, and loved it.

Two kids (twins, age 3) playing around on the "magic carpet" at the same ski area.  We just puttered around, and they learned to walk, then slide, then turn on their skis.  They can now go down the easiest of green runs on their own.

 

I bought most of their equipment at a local discount ski store's sale at the very end of last season.  They sold a bunch of used rental gear  - $50 pairs of kids skis and $40 coats.  You could also go for the season rentals or Craig's list.  Boots are the only tricky thing to purchase for next season - you can't really guess how large their feet will be in six months.

 

I was shocked at how quickly kids learn at that age.  You have to be willing to see them fall a little bit - they don't learn as well if you jump in and help them every time something goes wrong.  

 

Bring snacks!  A little candy goes a long way.

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What age do you think its good to start getting your kids into ski lessons?
 

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Every kid will be different - how strong are they? how will they deal with other adults when you're not around? how will they deal with the cold? how will they deal with failure at first (i.e. falling down, possibly often)?

We started our kids in lessons at 3.

The key is to find other ways to make it fun - see the candy comment above. Our kids enjoyed the lift riding way more than the skiing at first.
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What are some awesome things to do with my kids, i would love information on kid friendly skiing locations and skiing gear for kids..thanks guys

Here is some info on skiing gear for children:  http://www.epicski.com/t/92869/money-time-saving-tips-for-parents-with-small-children-who-ski

 

In terms of lessons, it is whenever the kids are ready (and that can be before the kids are out of diapers).  Some resorts offer daycare with a hour of instruction on the snow for the little guys and girls, and that worked out great for us.  One day our son said he didn't go on the Magic Carpet and sat on a bench instead.  We later found out the "bench" was a beginners chair lift.  His third birthday was one month away.

 

You can did up a lot of posts here regarding skiing with kids. 

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The best advice I can offer - don't throw your kids into ski school too soon!!!!!  Every child is different and some might do well at 3-4 years old.  But from my experience instructing kids, I have learned that most 3 year olds haven't spent enough time away from mommy and daddy to be comfortable in ski school for a full day.  On top of that, I have seen a lot of kids develop terrible habits as a result of starting too soon.  Anatomical limitations force kids to ski in ways that are less than ideal (almost every child skis in the backseat for example).  We have a tendancy to overlook these things because they are kids and as long as they are having fun and not faceplanting every 2 seconds everyone is content.  Just remember that a cute 3 year old using a "pizza" to stop can quickly develop into a 7 year old power wedging down the middle of a black diamond.  

 

Again, every child is different.  Some kids are very bright, independent, and athletic when they are 3-4.  Others are not.  Use your best judgement when deciding when to put your children in ski school.  Remember, you want your child's first experience with skiing to be a positive one.  If you dump your 3 year old in ski school before he is ready, he may end up hating the sport. 

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What age do you think its good to start getting your kids into ski lessons?
 

 

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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post

 

In terms of lessons, it is whenever the kids are ready (and that can be before the kids are out of diapers).  Some resorts offer daycare with a hour of instruction on the snow for the little guys and girls, and that worked out great for us.  One day our son said he didn't go on the Magic Carpet and sat on a bench instead.  We later found out the "bench" was a beginners chair lift.  His third birthday was one month away.

 

We start taking kids at 4 for our half- or full-day kids program.  For younger kids it's probably closer to 'ski daycare' (not that that's a bad thing!), and becomes more of a development program as the kids get older.  For group lessons they have to be 6.  Those are reasonable cutoffs IMO.

 

Ultimately it really depends on the kid.  So much depends on how ready they are both physically and mentally.  I've taught a few private lessons to 4-year-olds, and none of them was capable of a full hour of skiing on the bunny hill, due to both lack of attention/focus and exhaustion.  Even if they're having fun and playing, it's physically tiring.

 

My position is that at that age you should be focused more on fun and being safe, and skill development will happen when they're ready if they get enough mileage.  If being in an instructional program with other kids is fun -- great!  If they'd rather build snowmen, drink hot chocolate, and slide down the hill by the parking lot with mom and dad -- that works too!  If they're having a good time and want to come back, you're probably doing it right.  If ski days involve a lot of screaming and crying, there might be a problem somewhere in the planning...

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