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post #31 of 39

I started my boys at 4 & 7.   We rented for the first year, and they got tired after only a few runs each time going.   We simply made everything fun for them didn't make them do anything they really didn't want to do.   Honestly the hardest part was safely geting my 4 year old onto the lift each time.  

 

The next year we did a seasonal rental for my 5 year old and bought used equipment ($70 for everything) for my then 8 year old.

 

This year we bought my now 10 year old his first new skis, which are 1 year old Vukyl Unlimiteds, and our now 7 year old got all of his brothers old stuff that fits him quite well.   We've gotten 3 seasons out of my older sons gear and it should fit his brother again next year. 

 

This year I've finally been able to take both boys out skiing by myself (without the wife) which is nice.   She can't go as much as we boys like to, and it sucks leaving one kid home each time.   My area ski hill has mainly 2 person lifts so I needed the older son to be able to ride the lifts by himself safely before I could go with both of them by myself...

post #32 of 39

I ended up getting those Luckbums skis that just strap onto his normal boots.  He's only going to be 2 in February, so this season will likely be on the hill across the street from our house and mostly me dragging him around getting a feel for it.  

post #33 of 39

I will throw in my two cents on this.  I bought my daughter her own stuff, just because its cool to see her geek out and get excited about getting new ski equipment.  Also she has a sister that will also (hopefully) be excited about getting new to her stuff.  I got two seasons (age 2 and 3) out of her 67 cm skis and moved her on to 80s this year.  I found the 67 cm Dynastars with bindings brand new for around $125 and think I paid around $175 for her 80s because she wanted something pink.  She has required new boots each year, so if you are going to rent something that is where I would look.  I think a harness is a must buy for the little ones, that way you have something to death grip on the lift.  I also used a leash (for lack of a better term) her entire first season and about midway through age 3.  Even this year we started each day doing a couple turns with it on just in case.  The tip connector was useful until this year, but she doesn't require it any longer.  I purchased, but never used, a ski bar and a wedge lock that went in between her ankles.

post #34 of 39

I'll definitely take your advice about the harness - that seems like a stellar idea.    The LuckyBums skis just strap to the feet anyway, and at this point (22 months) its more dragging around the yard than it is learning to ski.  

 

Do you guys have tips on how you taught your super young kids to ski?   I really want to make sure he has a chance to like skiing. 

post #35 of 39

Show them videos of other little kids skiing.  Don't make the mistake I made of showing them extreme skiing clips.  They went eek.gif and freaked out a bit.  Seriously though, with the really little ones its cool to get them whatever you can as long as it fits.  Let them put it on and stomp around the yard.. no snow required!  Learning how to walk around without stepping on the other ski and getting stuck, how to get up, how to step in and out, and walking around more is 90% of what they need to know the first couple times out.  Much better to learn that stuff there than after little sleep in a place they're not familiar with, getting blasted with snow guns and all the crowds and stuff.  A ski resort can be an overwhelming place to a really tiny tot.  They may just want to make snow angels when they get there.  Having any gear at home gives them an edge even if you live someplace with no snow or slope (see what I did there? haha)

post #36 of 39

Did you find this thread about teaching little ones, as in less than age 4?  Obviously what's practical depends a lot on whether you live relatively close to a true ski mountain or hours from a ski hill that depends on snowmaking because there isn't enough natural snow.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/109216/how-young-is-too-young

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I'll definitely take your advice about the harness - that seems like a stellar idea.    The LuckyBums skis just strap to the feet anyway, and at this point (22 months) its more dragging around the yard than it is learning to ski.  

 

Do you guys have tips on how you taught your super young kids to ski?   I really want to make sure he has a chance to like skiing. 

post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by MrBishop View Post

I ended up getting those Luckbums skis that just strap onto his normal boots.  He's only going to be 2 in February, so this season will likely be on the hill across the street from our house and mostly me dragging him around getting a feel for it.  

 

I've been eying up the Luckybums, but am planning to wait until next year (my daughter is 10 months now). Please repost and update us on how they work out.

post #38 of 39

What size boots did you buy for your 2 year olds? The smallest i can find are 14.5 mondo, I think that's too big but not sure.

post #39 of 39
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What size boots did you buy for your 2 year olds? The smallest i can find are 14.5 mondo, I think that's too big but not sure.

14.5 is the smallest. It should work, at 2 years old, (s)he just does not have the muscle control to "ski", you are just getting them out there in the snow. I remember my wife asking "what if the baby doesn't like to ski", I replied.."he won't know he doesn't like to ski, it will be all he knows...we ski in the winter, its like a fish not knowing it doesn't like to swim"

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