At 19 months old, the best introduction to skiing would be through cross-country skiing:
-the terrain is more level, the slight variations of slope on a XC trail is more than enough at this age;
-the kid's heel is not attached - more like walking;
-it is easier to get the kid up;
-the kids have the poles to hold on to;
-no lifts to fall off from;
-you can rent a one-man sleigh and pull it behind you like a horse (they come with a hip harness). Then after the kid gets tired of "skiing" (40 minutes?), she will go for a two hour nap in the sled (if you get some warm blankets) while you are working out (pulling the sled)
We did it with our then-20-month-old 2 years ago (against my objections, I must add
: ). Now she is comfortable on both XC and alpine skis.
And as an added benefit, she's been turning on parallel skis from day one: it's the only way to turn on XC skis, when both feet are in the track [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Now that she is 4, and her sister 15, we always have at least one day on XC skis each vacation.
Re. DH skis - 70 or 80 shoulnd't matter, as long as they are soft. Next year, she will likely need the 80s.
PLEASE get a KiddieLift harness and perhaps a leash. The harness helps a lot in getting her on and off the lift without dislocating her elbows. The leash will keep her always near - and it helps turning too. AND it is a huge help in propelling the kid across level or uphill terrain. You will forget about sore back, and the kids love to play a horsie or a steam engine that could at this age. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
The reason kids' instructors don't use it is it takes a doubly-private lesson: one instructor goes in fornt and shows what to do, while the other holds the leash behind the kid while guiding the kid's hips into the turn by pulling on the leash.[ January 22, 2004, 03:42 PM: Message edited by: AlexG ]