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Small boy, age 3, tall, active, much taller than average.  

We have a small ski hill around here & I wanting to get him going, but am terrified the high cost of gear.

I am newish to skiing too, so any thoughts you all have on the topic would be sincerely appreciated. Perhaps used?  If so, where? There's nothing around here.

 

 

Love,

Yellow Mitts

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I rented a season package from a local shop for my son when he was 3.5y/o. I put him a 6 saturday lesson program at a local hill. After showed him how the chair lift works, after his first ride on the chair...there was no turning back, he was hooked.

Becareful about putting him in an all day program at bigger hills. After he was in a day program at Stratton, he said to me, at 4y/o, Please Dad, don't ever do that to me again. We didn't ski much. That was 22 years ago. Some things you never forget.

One tip, bring extra cloths for him...you'll need them one time or another. After he's 6y/o you can leave the extra cloths at home.
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Small boy, age 3, tall, active, much taller than average.  

We have a small ski hill around here & I wanting to get him going, but am terrified the high cost of gear.

I am newish to skiing too, so any thoughts you all have on the topic would be sincerely appreciated. Perhaps used?  If so, where? There's nothing around here.

 

 

Love,

Yellow Mitts

Welcome to EpicSki!  Have you looked at the Family Skiing section yet?  In particular, the thread with money saving tips for parents.  There is a link at the top of the section.

 

http://www.epicski.com/f/35/family-skiing-discussions

 

Where are you skiing?  What age does ski school start?

 

I waited until my daughter was 4 because that's when she could get a solid start with full-day ski school (9:30-2:00).  I was an intermediate skier back then.  While I could help her practice a bit based on advice from her ski instructors, I knew they would do a better job getting her off on the right track.  In our case, I was driving 4 hours for weekend ski trips in the southeast.  Very different for families who live close to a ski hill who can go weekly or in the evenings.

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Thank-You, so much for your kinds replies-both of you.  We are 15-20 minutes from a very small, well run ski hill. (Seven Oaks)  They offer free instruction.  The instructors are aplenty and literally saints with the children, with everyone really.  Instructors buzz around, swish up quickly to helping new kids as they hobble toward the tow rope. In spite of the fact that I am in the middle of the prairies, I could not have picked a more ideal place to learn. There is no way we would get this kind of attention & kindness at any of the fancy resorts -not for such a humble fee, anyhow. 

 

I myself, am getting a pass for lessons deal and afterward, I think my little guy can accompany me therein. We will need skis.  I can't wait until he gets better and can join me down some easy trails.  Thanks for the link & Best Wishes.

 

ANyone have any experience with the roces adjustable ski boot for children? That seems like a fairly good value, given the adaptability. http://www.amazon.com/Roces-Idea-Kids-Boots-2012/dp/B003G5SLL6

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The best way to search for old threads in EpicSki is to use a directed Google search. For instance, search on "roces boots: epicski" and you should find a few threads.  Best if the threads are within the last 4-5 years.

 

Is there a ski shop around that does season leases?  Usually don't start with preschoolers but something to keep in mind for the future.

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