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Okay, I have my older children up and going, now I need to work with my youngest son. He's 2 1/2. I've done well with the older kids but I'm absolutely lost here. Any pointers??
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Ski2xs: This is the age that I started to ski! It is a tough age to teach, but it can be done! The most important thing is just getting them out there and used to the feeling of ski boots, puffy clothes, and sliding on snow. Teach in short bursts and make sure they are comfortable and having FUN!!! Get him used to walking and running in ski boots, then sliding on one ski. Goals of te first few lessons should be: snowplow, with some speed control on aan easy beginner slope. You will most likely need to hold him up or use your poles or a hula hoop since his muscles are not fully developed, and his centre of mass is high (his head). He will tire easily.. DON'T push him!! Keep it simple; one thing to think of at a time. make up games such as "stop and gO" and let him use his imagination. Do lots of demos (Kids love to copy). Some people swear by a harness; I have never used this in lessons, but it is how my dad taught me to ski on the longer runs where it could be dangerous if I could not stop on my own. A good tool to have is called the "Edgie Wedgie", it holds the tips of the skis close together to help with the snowplow, and prevents the tips from crossing.
The most important thing to remember is to just get out there on the hill and HAVE FUN.. at his age you have all the time in the world to learn skills.. concentrate on fun and games for the first few years!!
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Originally posted by rossi9irl:
Ski2xs: .... Some people swear by a harness; I have never used this in lessons, but it is how my dad taught me to ski on the longer runs where it could be dangerous if I could not stop on my own. ......
If you go the harness route, consider using a retractable leash (like for a large dog). I used one with my daughter (16' I think - our Shepard doesn't ski, so she didn't miss it!). It allows all the freedom you want them to have, and is a flexible link so you do not have to match speed and direction perfectly. However, if you need to put the breaks on them, just a squeeze of the thumb and you have a tight line. Also, it stays taught, doesn't get covered with snow, and packs neatly!
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Here is a site with gear, teaching aids and a video how-to for the parent. http://www.applerise.com/merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=ARS&Category_Co de=KIDSKI

Hope it helps.

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Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the info. Had forgotten all about the edgie wedgie. The retractable lease is a great idea! And the site looks like it has plenty of good info Mark, thanks. I'll gleen it well tomorrow.

[ December 12, 2002, 08:09 PM: Message edited by: ski2xs ]
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If you are 2.5 years old, and you are buck naked in the warm comfort of your home, and you fall down, it's hard to get up!

So imagine being 2.5 years old, outfitted with nearly half of your body weight in clothes, heavy, stiff boots on your feet and long, slippery things stuck to the boots. Then go outside in the cold and snowy world. There's a lot to process!

Simply being outside in the winter is an accomplishment for a 2 and a half year old. So go tobogganing. Make the simple act of being outside and enjoying it your first priority. After a while, you can take away the toboggan and slide on your bums down a little wee slope. Get closer to the snow. Crawl around in it. Dig in it, throw handfuls of it up in the air! No snowballs, though... just let it drift down as if it were falling for the first time again. Marvel at the wonder of snow, absorb it's innocence reflected against a steely winter sky. See it as a 2 and a half year old. Plant a seed of passion and it will grow. Skiing is truly a sport of a lifetime and this is why.

Go skating. Lightweight helmet and a chin guard. A chair to lean on and push around the ice. Laugh and giggle and play.

Another thread here asks if skiing is art or science... for a 2 and a half year old, yeah, it's art! The snowy slopes are the canvas on which the memories of a lifetime are painted. And maybe there's a lesson for mom and dad here too. Science can come later.

Generally people say that kids have "no fear". True, some little dudes are quite precocious. Others are VERY fearful. Either way... take it slow, they've got the rest of their lives to figure it out.
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A friend of mine loaned me his harness for my grandson. It was a long cloth bandage. You put it behind the neck,like a scarf, and under the arms to give two "handles" behind. Worked great and allowed for "steering" the child.
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