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post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
Was just wondering if there was a rule of thumb for going from skiing without poles to skiing with poles? My son is 11 and a decent intermediate skier (very comfortable with blues / can do some blacks on smaller mountains). He is 4'10" and weights about 95 pounds. He has been skiing for about 4 years (without poles). Each year we start the season with a lesson. I'm thinking about adding poles this year. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 7

Add poles for sure.  Kids generally dont start with poles as they just get in the way, and kids tend to use them as weapons....serioulsy....but by 11, he should have no co-oridination issues, he will appreciate the extra mobility they offer, and he is obvioulsy old enough to not use them to whack the kid standing next to him.

post #3 of 7

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where do you usually ski?

 

I let my daughter use her poles when she was skiing the blue and black runs at Massanutten consistently.  She was around 7 and started ski school at age 4.  She wasn't particularly using them for turning but it certainly made the flatter parts and loading the lift a lot easier.  By age 10 I would tell her instructor for group clinics that using poles correctly was something that needed work.

post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Hi. Thanks for the welcome..and the suggestions! We're in Philly so we usually do the Poconos but try to get to Vermont at least once a season. We're heading out West (Snowmass) for the first time this year. So psyched for winter!
post #5 of 7

My kids started early with poles, once they had coordination with the skis I added poles.  Young Kids learn very quickly.  Remember they want to copy you when they are young.

 

Just watch out for the sword issue it not only happens with the young ones, last year I saw 2 teens fencing (for fun) with poles while they were skiing (at speed) on a crowded hill eek.gif.  Luckily no one was injuried.

post #6 of 7

I figure the sooner they have them the more time they will have spent learning how to use them, but that's just my unqualified opinion. 

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Originally Posted by PhillyDad View Post

Hi. Thanks for the welcome..and the suggestions! We're in Philly so we usually do the Poconos but try to get to Vermont at least once a season. We're heading out West (Snowmass) for the first time this year. So psyched for winter!

Yeah, hoping it gets cold enough in Nov that snowmaking in the mid-Atlantic can start sooner rather than later.  Our "local" mountain is Massanutten in northern VA.

 

Have you skied out west before?  Your son will undoubtedly love it.  I introduced my daughter to Alta when she was 7.  Has turned into an annual late season trip during her spring break.  My husband doesn't ski so I'm the one who must make the sacrifice and travel with her. wink.gif

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