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We're working on getting our almost 3yo twins on skis.  They don't have the muscle control to wedge yet but just want to get them out having fun for now with some lessons along the way.  (We really just want to get back skiing ourselves with our 6yo!)  Anyway, I've looked at several models of kids ski harnesses (recommended approach by director of local ski school) for them and see that there is one that attaches over/around the torso to steer from the hips and one that attaches to their boots for steering.  While the idea of the torso ones seems safer to me so I can hold their bodies better, it occurs to me that the boot ones may be better for teaching them how to keep their balance/stance.  Any recommendations for either?  Good or Bad.  TIA.

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We're working on getting our almost 3yo twins on skis.  They don't have the muscle control to wedge yet but just want to get them out having fun for now with some lessons along the way.  (We really just want to get back skiing ourselves with our 6yo!)  Anyway, I've looked at several models of kids ski harnesses (recommended approach by director of local ski school) for them and see that there is one that attaches over/around the torso to steer from the hips and one that attaches to their boots for steering.  While the idea of the torso ones seems safer to me so I can hold their bodies better, it occurs to me that the boot ones may be better for teaching them how to keep their balance/stance.  Any recommendations for either?  Good or Bad.  TIA.

My personal recommendation is to wait another year until the kids are 4 since they will have more muscle control and will be able to at least make a basic wedge turn and stop. I feel that skiing harnesses cause more harm than good to most kids since usually they teach kids to lean backwards and to rely on power wedges. most resorts have a ski and nursery program that teaches toddlers how to ski, and will teach them good skiing form. Also any mistake you make while teaching your kids will make it harder for the instructor to later fix said mistake, leaning back being one of the biggest ones. 

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We're working on getting our almost 3yo twins on skis.  They don't have the muscle control to wedge yet but just want to get them out having fun for now with some lessons along the way.  (We really just want to get back skiing ourselves with our 6yo!)  Anyway, I've looked at several models of kids ski harnesses (recommended approach by director of local ski school) for them and see that there is one that attaches over/around the torso to steer from the hips and one that attaches to their boots for steering.  While the idea of the torso ones seems safer to me so I can hold their bodies better, it occurs to me that the boot ones may be better for teaching them how to keep their balance/stance.  Any recommendations for either?  Good or Bad.  TIA.


Welcome to EpicSki!  Here's a related thread:

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/90922/teaching-kids-with-a-ski-harness

 

What I've seen is that it's a lot easier to have fun with a little one when two parents are involved, one in back and one in front.  When only one in back, the kid naturally tends to lean back in order to stay "closer" to the parent, with or without a harness or any sort of training aid.

 

I only have one child.  Since we live in the flatlands, I waited until age 4 when she could get started in ski school.  Especially because she was social.  She loved the instructors and once she had finished the never-ever class, it was easy for me to go on the bunny slope with her.  Only needed an edgie-wedgie that first afternoon.  By the next day when we were free skiing, she had figured out how to hold her ski tips together in a nice pizza.  The ski school lent us one to use so didn't even have to pay for one.

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