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Carrying children's ski gear to lodge

post #1 of 19
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Hi, 

I'm currently a student at Lehigh University doing a project on a better way for adults to carry children's skis/gear to the mountain or an easier way for children to carry their gear to the mountain. I really hate to have to do this but we really need feedback from people in this situation so if you have young children, or did could you please just take our survey so my group can pass the class. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9XJB7SZ

 

I apologize for the inconvenience and spam, but we really need your help. If it helps at all I am avid skier myself and absolutely love the sport and want to make it easier for others to enter and enjoy the sport. Thank you so much.

 

 

PS. I'm aware this is spam, please do not merely comment that. It would be quicker to just help us out. Thanks again.

post #2 of 19

I raised two toddlers taking them to the mountain occasionally but not frequently.  Kids boot up at the car and carry their own skis as soon as they are actually able to ski.  Before that I sometimes used a baseball bat and gear bag to carry 2 pairs of 80cm skis and assorted misc gear.  They still wore their boots, helmets, gloves, etc.

 

General rule is that as soon as they can walk in ski boots fairly well they can carry their skis.  Before they can walk with stuff in their hands either rent the gear at the lodge for them or drop it off before parking if you don't have a better plan.  Baseball bat bag, golf bags, I've seen several creative solutions.

post #3 of 19

I don't think this will help you but your post reminded me of when my daughter was young, her favorite "ski scam" was to look at me with her big eyes and say, "Daddy, I will carry your poles if you carry my skis!"   Sometimes it actually worked.

 

Rick G

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post #5 of 19

And here I thought "I'll carry your poles if you carry my skis" was a genuinely reasonable compromise! Five year olds can be amazing negotiators.

post #6 of 19
I completed the survey for you. We dress fully at the car then walk to the lodge, but the best device I have found so far is the carry strap from REI. It is a canvas strap with velcro wraps on both ends so the kids can sling the skis over their shoulder to carry. Only downside is where to put the straps once we're on the hill. They usually end up in my pockets which I don't love, or in a back pack that I'm wearing to accomodate all of the other little incidentals that skiing with kids requires (which I love even less).
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post
 

I don't think this will help you but your post reminded me of when my daughter was young, her favorite "ski scam" was to look at me with her big eyes and say, "Daddy, I will carry your poles if you carry my skis!"   Sometimes it actually worked.

 

Rick G


Crap, I'm still being scammed, and she's a teenager!

post #8 of 19

I'm still new at this, but when my son was two he was an only child and my wife helped get us and all our gear from the parking lot to the lift. It was also a small resort, so that helped.  At age two my son wouldn't walk in ski boots and I had to put all the gear on him when we got to the hill.

 

We now have a six month old daughter so I had to get more creative this year. I was looking around online and saw this picture so decided to get the same backpack. That worked great the first couple of times, but after that I got my son walking in his own boots. The last weekend we were up he even wanted to carry his skis, though he only made it halfway before he was too tired doing that. 

 

I still ended up using the backpack to carry my skis and his skis most of the season. It low-profile on the back and you don't notice it while skiing or riding the lifts, which is nice. It even holds a hydration pack and all the snacks you might need for little ones. 

post #9 of 19

We have 2 kids. Everybody in the family has their own backpack (Transpack) where they keep all their own gear (helmet, goggles, gloves, gaiter, hand warmers, ski boots, chapstick etc.). In the morning everybody gets fully dressed for skiing, except we wear street shoes/boots. Ski boots are in the backpack. Each person's skis and poles are strapped together in a bundle using a pair of Voile straps (heli ski style). We all walk to the base lodge wearing the backpack and carrying the ski bundle over the shoulder.  At the lodge we change into ski boots. The backpacks are stored lockers. The Voile straps can be left in the locker or kept in pockets.  At the end of the day just reverse the process. If it's a multiday trip we will check our skis and poles at the base lodge to save time and having to schlep the gear back and forth.

post #10 of 19

My method was to drop the kids off with all the gear at the lodge, then go park the station-wagon.  

Then I would guard the skis while mom got the kids ready to go;  Mom doesn't ski any more.  :(

 

If it was crowded at the lodge, all gear went on at the car.    Colder, more wear and tear on every ones boots, but at least the labour was more shared.

post #11 of 19
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Crap, I'm still being scammed, and she's a teenager!

Ditto! Even when we get home - "Want me bring the bags in?" Which is code for "You lug our four pairs of skis around back to the basement and hopefully won't slip on the trail covered in snow and ice. Shouldn't take but three trips. I'll carry both bags inside in one trip and will be sitting by the wood stove playing with the puppy by time you get in. The bags will be plopped on no the floor waiting for you to put the boots on the dryer and the batteries on the charger.

She's 16. I've always referred to ski dads as "Sherpas".

I just read this to my daughter. She said "You're the one that puts up with it. You're the enabler." I'll do it again next season too biggrin.gif

To the OP,
Transpac for the kids. They get the poles and I carry the skis. We drive there dressed to ski and only need to put boots and helmets on at the lodge.
Edited by L&AirC - 4/12/14 at 7:45am
post #12 of 19

I have three young kids so I appreciate this thread and the suggestions from those who have gone though the same in the past -- I will definitely employ some of them next year.  I, too, have fallen for the "Hey Dad, I'll carry your poles if you carry my skis" ploy.

post #13 of 19

pertinent to the research/development project....i ski california and the east coast and i have noticed the locals deal with "booting up" differently.   In california...maybe more of the west...the majority of skiers boot up in the car, while easterners do it in the lodge.   Maybe its a temperature thing.   Personally, I think walking half a mile wearing out the lugs of my expensive ski boots while sherpa-ing the ski gear is horrific, but the Californians seem to love it.  "its all good".

post #14 of 19
The parts of your ski boot that wear when you walk are replaceable. You can remove them and purchase the replacements for pretty cheap.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by TahoeRourke View Post

The parts of your ski boot that wear when you walk are replaceable. You can remove them and purchase the replacements for pretty cheap.


Know where I can find some for my Koflach 911 ski boots?

post #16 of 19
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The parts of your ski boot that wear when you walk are replaceable. You can remove them and purchase the replacements for pretty cheap.

 

Not if you had work done to them.  I have a canting shim (as do many here) and required a new plate.  I have to go see the fitter for replacements.

 

There are many folks that can do this but you need to check the bottom of you boots to make sure first.

post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

 

Not if you had work done to them.  I have a canting shim (as do many here) and required a new plate.  I have to go see the fitter for replacements.

 

There are many folks that can do this but you need to check the bottom of you boots to make sure first.

 

Doh. Sorry, my mistake. I've seen them on every boot sole I've looked at for some time so assumed it was a universal solution. 

 

The front and the back of ski boot soles wear pretty fast. If you can't replace those bits, it seems like you'd have problematic wear on the boots before they were otherwise past their prime. For those who don't have the option to replace the worn parts, do you just avoid walking on pavement and in parking lots as much as possible? Wear street shoes to the locker room most of the time?

post #18 of 19

Yep.  Pre heat the boots in the house in the morning (in front of the fire).  Boot heater in the car.  Back pack boot bag to the lodge and then slip my feet into the softened plastic and let them cool onto my feet.   That Lange RS plastic is just a lot more manageable with a little warmth.  Pity the fool who throws the boots into the back of the subaru,drives 90 minutes and then tries to put them on and deal with New England temperatures.   IF i have to walk back to the car, i have a pair of CatTrax in the boot bag so the gravel is not chewing up the boot bottoms (and i am not falling on my ass slipping on ice).  I LOVE my boots; taking care of them is just an extension of that love.

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by TahoeRourke View PostFor those who don't have the option to replace the worn parts, do you just avoid walking on pavement and in parking lots as much as possible? Wear street shoes to the locker room most of the time?

 

I have custom cant plates plus my boots are really snug and painful to walk in (actually they can be pretty painful to ski in too, but that's another story). When walking to/from the parking lot or condo I change into street shoes. When I have to walk around in my ski boots, to preserve the plates and to avoid slipping I use Yaktrax Ski Trax.  I used to use Seirus Cat Tracks which work pretty well too.  The Yaktrax attach to the boot sole more securely and are rockered for easier walking, but they are bulkier.

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