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post #1 of 13
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I have a 1 and a half year old.  I want to put him on skis this winter and push / pull him around when it snows out, maybe down a bunny hill at the end of the season.  Has anyone done this before?  If so what skis should I get?

 

I've seen these online at REI... 

 

http://www.rei.com/product/874139/komperdell-kids-ski-set-70cm-2014-closeout

 

They are strap onto a boot type.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 13
I've done it for a three and a half year old. It's a lot of work and hot chocolate. I'd wait until the kid is older and sturdier. Look at it this way, give yourself another year.
post #3 of 13

I went through two toddlers a year and a half apart.  First took them  up at ages three and four to do exactly what you are proposing.  They thought it was OK for almost an hour.  The next year I put them in a half day ski wee program on a pretty cold day.  The older one did OK.  The younger one bailed to the lodge for hot cocoa all day.  It took me four more years of taking big brother skiing before lil sis finally started to show interest again last season.  Many years later I have one kid that can sort of ski most regular trails and another that is now starting to learn to ski some terrain.

 

Get the skis and let them play in the yard with them, even if there isn't any snow.  Stomping around the yard is a lot of fun form them and most of what they'll need to know the first time out for real.  Falling down, getting up, putting them on and taking them off, etc.. but don't get your hopes up too high because they need to do it at their pace, not yours.

post #4 of 13

^^^^ This. Wanting a kid who just learned to walk to ski is more about our adult mythologies than their welfare. Or their likelihood of enjoying our fantasies more than building a snowman. Be patient. Let the little ones learn to love snow first. Even at 3 or 4, keeping them warm and happy trumps how much time they spend on skis. 

post #5 of 13

Every kid and every family is different. The other posters are on the money based on my experience.

 

My son happened to be an early bloomer, coordination- and daring-wise, and took to skiing very easily at 4. (After he started zooming around on a regular bike, we realized we might be a little behind the 8-ball with him.) 

 

He enjoyed skiing a whole lot all through his single-digit years, although for a bunch of complicated reasons the very high level skills he had relative to his peers when he was 5, 6, and 7 did not keep tracking that way. (Sample data point: it emerged that he inherited, um, one of his parents' atrocious vision and the associated Coke-bottle lenses. Sample data point: just by coincidence the kids in his grade who are the avid skiers and race on the alpine team are ones he prefers to stay away from. Sample data point: His mom does not ski.) Now, at 16, he only skis one or two days a year, which makes me sad in some ways, but it's just the way his life has gone for him. It's not about me. Meanwhile I just hope and assume that someday he'll come back to it.

 

The point of this whole story is that the exact intersection of your ski life and your kids' ski lives is hard to predict, and controlling it is a more slippery task than might first appear to be the case. Not every family with skiers in it can or does devote itself entirely to skiing for the winter. And even those that do are not guaranteed to produce a litter of instructors and patrollers and racers. So go with the flow and drink some of the hot chocolate yourself along the way.

post #6 of 13

We put my daughter on that sort of ski when she was 2 - 2 1/2.  The best thing about it is getting the child comfortable with having something on their feet.  As others have said let your child be the guide.  Make it fun for him, and if a session devolves into rolling in the snow, go with it.  Keep him warm, keep the sessions short, one of the best pieces of advice I got was to leave them wanting more.  Better to have him get mad because your are ending the session too soon, than have him meltdown because he stopped having fun.  Finally, he may be a bit young for it, but treats were a big help...a Hershey's Kiss or a couple of M&Ms are great motivators to keep them going outside.

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

The point of this whole story is that the exact intersection of your ski life and your kids' ski lives is hard to predict, and controlling it is a more slippery task than might first appear to be the case...So go with the flow and drink some of the hot chocolate yourself along the way.

Truth, here ^^^^. It's not about us. 

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by cli4d36p View Post
 

I have a 1 and a half year old.  I want to put him on skis this winter and push / pull him around when it snows out, maybe down a bunny hill at the end of the season.  Has anyone done this before?  If so what skis should I get?

 

I've seen these online at REI... 

 

http://www.rei.com/product/874139/komperdell-kids-ski-set-70cm-2014-closeout

 

They are strap onto a boot type.

 

Thanks!


I don't think I would start at 18 months wait until 3. I started my oldest at 4 and we did the magic carpet and a small lift which she fell alot on. The next season at 5 she really excelled and was able to ski any run at the areas we ski at Perfect north and snowshoe. This season she picked right back up and loves the challenging terrain. My middle daughter was out once last year at 2.5. The first morning she refused to put skis on and I basically held her between my legs and skied down the bunny slope. She had a blast. After lunch and a nap she went back out and put skis on and did great. It was a sunny day and not very cold. Tomorrow is going to be her first time at 3. There is no way I would start her at 18 months. I have a 26 month old that I will not take to slopes this year unless maybe at the end of season depending on her motor skills at the time and my patience.

 

I would also advise not to buy those skis. If you look hard enough you will find kids skis cost effective maybe ski swap or ebay. Ski areas will not let these on the lifts or magic carpet.

post #9 of 13
Our 1st one started at 15 months on the snow mound from shoveling the driveway. 2 weeks later he was on a T bar with me on a local hill and going down between my legs. On the slower sections let him go so that he coasted on his own. The giggles and laugher was what kept us going.

It depends on your confidence and love of your children that will determine what works for you. If 8 months is good for you, it is, if it's 3 years, it is.

There is more to our story, but that's a different thread.

I forgot to mention, full ski boots, helmet the following year as it hard to find sizes that small.
post #10 of 13

All good advice above. Now for the utterly absurd. I once met a guy at Stratton that had his 9 month old out on the slopes. We went over to talk to him because this was obviously child abuse, When we got there the kid was smiling from ear to ear and obviously having a good time. We watched her ski and saw her turning her legs. I double checked the coffee for LSD. The dad said he started with short sessions on the flats at home towing her around. He was using a T bar like device called a "kid-ski" to support her on the slopes and said he was supporting about 30% of her weight. We saw them again a couple days later with his 9mo in tow, his 2 year old skiing unassisted and his 4 yo ripping (the two older ones started at 9 and 14 months).

 

Not recommended and a decent chance this was all just mass hallucination. We saw RSN filming the guy but I've never seen the video.

post #11 of 13

I really think it depends on the child and no one knows your child like you. My younger girl started walking at 9 months and seemed to have good balance so I started her on skis at 1 yr 9 months and she had a blast. I just rented the tiniest skis Mammoth had, took her out on a warm spring day, plopped her on top of a small slope at the base area, got her skis straight, and let her go. I pulled her around on the flats as well. She lasted about an hour and then had enough. The next year she had a one hour private (shared with her older sister) and then was in half day ski/play school. The private helped tremendously and was much easier on my back. She loved the magic carpet. This year she will be skiing a lot more so I found some good deals on ebay for toddler equipment. Skis and boots for about $90. My older one started at 3 and did ok but did not do well the next 2 years due to fear so I didn't push it. Then she had a huge breakthrough this past year at age 6 and now is cruising so she got equipment as well for the upcoming year. Good luck with your little one, hope it works out.

post #12 of 13

I wouldn't recommend the REI skis.  Even used real ski boots and skis, that are too big,  will be better than those.  

Make it fun, with other kids if possible.   Peer pressure works 10x better than parental pressure.

I started both of my boys at 2ish and the youngest one is moving to Aspen tomorrow..

post #13 of 13

 

Short and sweet and not too far from the hot cocoa for a first go.

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