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My son is seven and has been skiing about 8-10 times (green level - he can go down green runs and is beginning to parallel turn). So far he has not used his ski poles. When should he begin to use them? Thanks.

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Originally Posted by naja View Post
 

My son is seven and has been skiing about 8-10 times (green level - he can go down green runs and is beginning to parallel turn). So far he has not used his ski poles. When should he begin to use them? Thanks.


You should find some useful answers in this Beginner Zone thread about poles for a boy slightly older who is also a beginner.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/143860/skiing-without-poles-a-beginner-zone-thread

 

By the way, threads in the Beginner Zone are moderated a bit differently than other forums.  That is also true of the Family Skiing forum.

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I've never understood why you wouldn't start a kid out with poles. I started my son when he was five with poles and it was never a problem.
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I've never understood why you wouldn't start a kid out with poles. I started my son when he was five with poles and it was never a problem.
Oh it can be a problem.
Anyway, the only use for them in the beginning is getting to a lift. Most kids hold poles all wrong, trip over them, plant them in reverse order, and generally are too concerned with them. Once they're pretty good with their feet and turning well one can add poles.
I've also noticed recently kids with poles way too long. I had one kid exchange them for ones 6 inches shorter. Several others had them 4 inches too long. Best to err on short side because they just get in the way.
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Oh it can be a problem.
Anyway, the only use for them in the beginning is getting to a lift. Most kids hold poles all wrong, trip over them, plant them in reverse order, and generally are too concerned with them. Once they're pretty good with their feet and turning well one can add poles.
I've also noticed recently kids with poles way too long. I had one kid exchange them for ones 6 inches shorter. Several others had them 4 inches too long. Best to err on short side because they just get in the way.


Agreed.

 

Generally once they are able to good parallel turns on green and blue runs is when you want to introduce poles and start them working on proper arm and pole positioning (arms out front, pole plants to initiate the turn).

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