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Rope tow for 4 yr old

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Hi all,

 

My 4 yr old daughter has started this year, enjoying it and has been on the carpet so far.

 

We are planning to go somewhere with a rope tow, but not carpet. Would it be difficult to adjust? She is a smallish kid, but relatively strong. What I don't want it have a bad experience, and go back to square one.

 

Any experiences with rope town for beginning small kids?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 17
Rope tows are rough for little guys and gals.... Be ready to take her up between your legs.
post #3 of 17

^^^Yep, and be sure all clothing and straps are all tucked in nice and snug.  No scarves!  I grew up around rope tows.  They can actually be fun, but are usually intimidating at first.  A four year old will need help the first few times and close supervision the entire time.  If they happen to fall under it someone will need to quickly get them out from under it because it will be buzzing across them with a fair amount of down weight.  It can wear a hole in their clothing pretty quickly.

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Rope tows are rough for little guys and gals.... Be ready to take her up between your legs.

That's what many parents do for the rope tow up to Alta Lodge.

post #5 of 17

If is a rope tows in a beginners area they usually aren't too fast or intimidating. Both my daughters have been using rope tow since they were 4 or 5 years old.  Now at 7 and 10 years old they seek out the rope two at one of our go to resorts as a quick way to "ski laps" in the terrain park.  While you should be prepared to the "between the legs method" for a fast primary rope tow if you can find a slow kid friendly tow I suggest what my wife calls the "pitcher and catcher" method of teaching how to use a rope tow.  Here's how it goes:

 

Step 1 -- One parent or adult rides the tow up the hill.  It need not be all the way but at least a good way up and at a place where it is easy to dismount.  This parent is the "catcher"

 

Step 2 -- The second parent or adult (the "pitcher") stays at the bottom of the hill and helps the kid mount the lift.  If the parent/adult is not a strong skier this may be best accomplished without skis.  If the parent/adult is a strong skier and can keep their skis on they can follow the kid up the mountain.  It seems all kids want to stand with their skis perpendicular to the rope tow and as soon as they grab the tow it will pull them over. The key to success is getting their skis parallel to the two and sometimes it helps if the "pitcher" gives them an even push forward to get them going.

 

Step 3 -- The "catcher", waiting up the rope two, receives the kid and helps them get clear of the lift.  Again this is sometime easier without skis on for the adult if they are not a good skier.

 

Step 4 -- Ski down the mountain together.

 

My wife and I did this for about a half dozen laps per kid when they were this age and they picked it up right away and quickly didn't want mommy or daddy's help.  Have fun and make a game out of it.  This is a great age to start your child skiing.

post #6 of 17
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Reporting back. It was actually a handle tow, but didn't really go well. She wasn't able to do it herself, it was quite fast and required strength. The ski school's "young instructors" couldn't be bothered either. So, me and my wife ended up towing with her.

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Reporting back. It was actually a handle tow, but didn't really go well. She wasn't able to do it herself, it was quite fast and required strength. The ski school's "young instructors" couldn't be bothered either. So, me and my wife ended up towing with her.
If you are paying for a lesson they are responsible for necessary uphill transport. If you did not sign your kid up for a lesson it is not their responsibility to carry your kid around.
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If you are paying for a lesson they are responsible for necessary uphill transport. If you did not sign your kid up for a lesson it is not their responsibility to carry your kid around.

 

Of course not.

 

I signed her up for a whole day lesson. And I saw my 4 yr old walking uphill and carrying her skis!

post #9 of 17

That is inexcusable.  Complain to the ski school director.

post #10 of 17
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Of course not.

 

I signed her up for a whole day lesson. And I saw my 4 yr old walking uphill and carrying her skis!

:eek:nono:

 

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That is inexcusable.  Complain to the ski school director.

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Yep, this is why we used to refer to the toddler lesson as "fifty pound weights" kidding around in the locker room.  I never made anyone walk up except when teaching them how to fishbone or side step with skis on.

post #11 of 17
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Reporting back. It was actually a handle tow, but didn't really go well. She wasn't able to do it herself, it was quite fast and required strength. The ski school's "young instructors" couldn't be bothered either. So, me and my wife ended up towing with her.

 

You enrolled her in ski school and you still had to "tow" up with her? What would have happened had you not been there to help? The purpose of the ski school (amongst other things like teaching) is being able to handle your child while you do your thing (like skiing).
post #12 of 17

Wow. Definitely make a complaint to the ski school director. I have private lessons with children your age all the time - I would never make them navigate the lift by themselves (unless they were able to do so - AND had demonstrated that!). That's totally unacceptable . . .

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Reporting back. It was actually a handle tow, but didn't really go well. She wasn't able to do it herself, it was quite fast and required strength. The ski school's "young instructors" couldn't be bothered either. So, me and my wife ended up towing with her.

 

You enrolled her in ski school and you still had to "tow" up with her? What would have happened had you not been there to help? The purpose of the ski school (amongst other things like teaching) is being able to handle your child while you do your thing (like skiing).

I pulled her out after the morning disaster. I towed with her for the pm.


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I pulled her out after the morning disaster. I towed with her for the pm.


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You should look for a place with a magic carpet.  They are much easier to use than tow ropes.

post #15 of 17

Where were you? I have small kids and would like to avoid the place for now...

post #16 of 17

Just to add what they have in Australia at Thredbo which has a very conveniently located kids ski school at the bottom of Friday Flats, there is a carpet and a chair lift and also snow mobile called Freddy, who is a tractor  (I think) that tows a carriage where all the toddlers load on sideways and go up to the top.   Love it.   Kids love it.   Of course it doesn't train you for rope tows or pommels but it gets 12 toddlers up the hill quite efficiently.    A while since I have been there but I think Freddy is still in operation.

 

Another option when taking toddlers is just wear your apre ski boots (Mum and Dad) and one is the thrower at the top, one is the catcher and you just tow them up yourself using a ski pole, easier than you think on gentle slopes and you get some exercise.

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Just to add what they have in Australia at Thredbo which has a very conveniently located kids ski school at the bottom of Friday Flats, there is a carpet and a chair lift and also snow mobile called Freddy, who is a tractor  (I think) that tows a carriage where all the toddlers load on sideways and go up to the top.   Love it.   Kids love it.   Of course it doesn't train you for rope tows or pommels but it gets 12 toddlers up the hill quite efficiently.    A while since I have been there but I think Freddy is still in operation.

Another option when taking toddlers is just wear your apre ski boots (Mum and Dad) and one is the thrower at the top, one is the catcher and you just tow them up yourself using a ski pole, easier than you think on gentle slopes and you get some exercise.

Freddy is still there, though it might have changed it's name. All of the NSW resorts have varying numbers of carpets, and I remember one enormous one in NZ (Mt. Hutt?) that was enclosed. Fantastic way for the little kids to start. On a different note, I still hate rope tows :P
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