Originally Posted by qcanoe
Jeez, litterbug. We press some buttons there? Remember, she's eleven. And twiggy.
Unlike most of you, probably, I can clearly remember weighing that much (because I was ten-ish, not five-ish, when I weighed it). When you're that small, things that seem like very manageable, normal objects to most people can feel like intractable giants' toys because you just don't have the mass to counterbalance them. Much laughter was heard in the Maine woods when I went to summer camp for the first time at age eleven and was asked to try to portage a canoe. Just imagine a canoe lying upside down on the ground with sneakers sticking out like the ruby slippers under Dorothy's house.
I guess I struck a nerve, too.
I was that short kid too (though not twiggy), and later an athletic petite woman keeping up with everyone else using the same equipment, carrying the same load in the same towering pack, holding one end of a boat high enough to compensate for the height difference between me and the 6"2' guy carrying the other end...you get the idea. So I'm just encouraging adaptation.
So, while holding the ski tips down with one hand with the toe piece behind the shoulder may be the "right" way to carry skis (though nobody has ever explained why this is so), it's also much harder than if they're balanced front and back as they are when the shoulder is between the bindings, and even more unwieldy for the short and lightweight among us. So why not do what works?
What I found was that if I did what worked for me, as opposed to what bigger and stronger people found easy, I could often outperform them simply because I was no longer wasting energy trying to be like them.
It would be too bad if the coaches didn't let her carry her skis balanced on her shoulder, though, in which case you can just throw out everything I just said!