Teaching youth to ski is a topic that is dear to me since I have finally had the opportunity to teach my son to ski. I can say that there is nothing greater than enjoying a sport that you love with your child. I've been and instructor my whole life and have always looked forward to having the chance to teach my kids to ski. I started my son skiing at 10 months and my daughter at 12 months. Basically, once they could stand and walk on their own. My son is now 3 1/2 and can ski blue’s with me. He can turn and hockey stop and loves to ski.
I have a priceless little tip that can help other parents have the most success with their toddlers out there on the slopes. I have rarely found this tip mentioned. I also have a ski training device that I am recommending to go along with this tip.
It’s as simple as this: Buy little plastic skis without metal edges and pull your kid around the house with a t-bar trainer. Pull them inside on the carpet, tile, wood, etc. Don't worry it won't scratch the floors. Around the kitchen island on tile is the best, the plastic skis will slide around and will really simulate a similar experience to snow sliding. It will be a workout for you and your kid will absolutely love it! Both of my kids beg me to pull them around every night when I get home from work. I literally had to hide the skis from my son after I started doing this. If he saw the skis he would follow me around carrying the skis saying “ski, ski, ski” which was his first word.
What this exercise does is it negates a few of the first elements that you have working against you when you first try to introduce your kids to skiing. Sometimes the extra clothes, cold weather, snow, etc...are enough to keep your kid from wanting to ski. Add each of the elements one at a time so they don’t have to get used to them all at once. Pull them around the house, yard, park, wherever and they will end up loving to ski before they even get to the slopes!
Just watch the videos I made with my son and you will see for yourself!
Using t-bar trainer on the slopes
Buy a t-bar trainer here
Good luck to all the parents out there this year! I have never shared these videos publicly before, but if they help another parent enjoy skiing with their child then it's worth it.