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Hi there,

 

 I am completely new to the skiing community...I am signing my 4yr old up for lessons and I have no idea what we need. I've ski'd and boarded a few times in my younger years...but it's been a while, and I'll be hopping on the slopes while he's in ski school so I can keep up once he knows what he's doing! So....advice/tips? Should I invest in used equipment before starting his lessons, or should I rent for the first few times to see if he likes it? He's totally stoked about the idea...from pictures!

 

any input is appreciated! Thank you :-)

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Many things will work so this is just my 2 cents.  Keep in mind that it's all about having fun.  The most important equipment is clothing - keep them warm and dry.  Rental equipment is fine; there should be plenty of available stuff that fits well and they won't need high performance equipment.  Next year you'll all have a better idea what sizes you need and how they fit; you can go to the ski swap and find something they like.
 
You're onto a great adventure - good luck!
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Good advice above about warm dry clothing being most important.

 

 

As for gear, my advice is buy it.  Second hand kids stuff is easy to come buy as they outgrow it so fast, and inturn easy to sell.  Ask your local ski shop or ski hill about the "ski swap".  Typcially a 1-3 day giant swap meet for used gear.  Most towns with a ski hill do this annually.  Great way to get excellant deals.  If you need advice there is usually a few knoweldgable people around to help as ski swaps are usually done as fund raisors for the local ski club.  

 

The most important thing is that your child has fun and loves it.  Having their own gear goes along way to that.

 

If you are in the market for new...lots of ski shops have special kids deals on new stuff.  This is even better if you can find a shop that does it.  The shop I used to work at sold kids gear at near cost, then guaranteed they would buy the stuff back at 50% of the purchase price provided you came back within 3 years.  The reason?  Simple really, break even on the kids gear, make money off of mom and dad buying their stuff.  The system worked well, and could benefit you substantially.

 

At a guess you should be able to get boots and skis suitable for a 4 yr old used for under $40.  New under $120.

 

Where in Canada are you?

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Where in Canada are you? And where are you taking the lessons?..... Calgary and Banff have ski swaps coming up and I know of a couple of shops that run buy-back deals for Kids.

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nope, not out West- we are in the Toronto area and I'm starting him a ski club near our home and then next year we'll maybe venture to Blue Mountain or Collingwood [both about a 40min drive] . I've looked at Ski Lakeridge in Uxbridge On as well as Dagmar- I can't imagine they're very big hills as ...well...we don't have mountains here!!! But they'll be just enough to learn, and they're abuot 15mins away.

 

Thanks for the tips everyone, keep 'em  coming!! Whats the best clothing to buy? Columbia , or otherwise? he's got a "Next" ski jacket ...it seems like it'd be a good ski coat- but then again.... this is a first for me so I have no idea. I don't want him turned off because his hands or butt get cold and wet though..I know what that's like.

 

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Don't know much about the clothing, but I can suggest you look at consignment sales or half-back deals for equipment.

 

Mount St. Louise is the best place to go if you are learning to ski; more snow, no scary terrain, steep enough for intermediates to be challenged..

 

Good luck.

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many ski schools rent both equipment and clothing...and sell used/demo equipment

 

also, i'd check into 2nd hand sports shops ie, we have 'sports junkies' here in vancouver...or on craigslist for used equipment.

there is no 'best' clothing line out there...in this day and age with the technology it's hard to find crap from the good suppliers.

...many of them, arc'teryx, westcomb etc have sample sales...i'd call around

(ie is sporting life still in toronto?...or try MEC) and ask the dept mgr about any suppliers

 having 2nds or sample sales OR find the main outlet for the big makers where they'll often do sample sales.

 

there is also a ski swap coming up in toronto pretty soon (unless it's over)...good place to walk around and get ideas

 

CSPS Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap dates for 2010

Abbotsford, BC
 
Nov 19-20
  Ashburn, ON
Oct 23-24
Kamloops, BC
 
Nov 5-6
  Barrie, ON Oct 29-31
Kelowna, BC
 
Sept 11-12
  Pickering, ON Nov 5-7
Penticton, BC
 
Sept 24-26
  Uxbridge, ON
 
Oct 23-24
Vancouver, BC
 
Sept 25-26
  Toronto, ON
Oct 14-17
Whistler, BC
  Oct 9-10   Rouyn-Noranda, QC
 
Nov 6-7
Fernie, BC  
 
Nov 13-14
  Montréal, QC
Nov 13-14
Golden, BC   Oct 9-10   Victoriaville, QC Sept 25-27 Oct 2-4 Oct 9-11
Lethbridge, AB   Nov 20   Baie-Comeau, QC Nov 13-14
Huntsville, ON   Oct 2-3   Wentworth, NS Nov  27
       
 

 

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Originally Posted by totskimum View Post

nope, not out West- we are in the Toronto area and I'm starting him a ski club near our home and then next year we'll maybe venture to Blue Mountain or Collingwood [both about a 40min drive] . I've looked at Ski Lakeridge in Uxbridge On as well as Dagmar- I can't imagine they're very big hills as ...well...we don't have mountains here!!! But they'll be just enough to learn, and they're abuot 15mins away.

 

Thanks for the tips everyone, keep 'em  coming!! Whats the best clothing to buy? Columbia , or otherwise? he's got a "Next" ski jacket ...it seems like it'd be a good ski coat- but then again.... this is a first for me so I have no idea. I don't want him turned off because his hands or butt get cold and wet though..I know what that's like.

 


Edited by canali - 10/21/10 at 4:47pm
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You've just missed the big Toronto Ski Swap but Canali was kind enough to post others that are still to come in the S. Ont area.  Barrie would be a good alternative, and Pickering & Uxbridge would also be worth a look if they are closest to home for you.  A note about the CSPS ski swaps:  most of the gear, especially for kids, is actually new, just a season or two old so very nicely priced.

 

Check out the local shops as well, and you'll find that gear for small kids really isn't that expensive. Skiis & Bikes (Collingwood, Mississauga, Don Mills), Sign of the Skier (Toronto), Sporting Life (I prefer the Collingwood store, but good selection of ski clothing in Toronto), Gates & Boards (Barrie) are all shops that have good selection and good service.

 

I don't recommend rental equipment for kids at that age because first of all, it can be hard to get properly sized equipment.  I've noticed that area rental shops are stocking gear more for kids starting at around the 10-year old age group.

 

Secondly, the time you would spend going through the rental shop with a four-year old is not going to help get primed for a fun time on the slopes.  If they have their own gear, you'll be further ahead by having things better prepared ahead of time, and you'll just need the final dress-up at the hill.  You can also practice wearing boots at home:  good for you to get used to putting them on and taking them off, and good for the child to get used to the equipment.

 

If Dagmar is a convenient location for you, go for it.  Yes, very small hill, but it has a really good ski school director and good staff.  They have a very strong focus on beginners and young kids, so it will be a great place to start. 

 

Mt.St.Louis is another great local hill with a top-notch ski school director who runs excellent programs.  Best beginner terrain of all the local areas, nicely separated from the main runs so your four-year old will be quite safe.  As Ghost has hinted, you'll have a bit more to ski or ride on yourself at St.Louis while your child is in a program.

 

There's another hill you'll see an exit for if you're following the 400 to Mt.St.Louis.  Keep going the extra 15 minutes to St.Louis.

 

And after a few seasons, you'll be ready to check out the escarpment areas, and side trips out west or to the Laurentians...

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totskimum,

 

I would agree with the people who have suggested buying skis from a ski swap.  Having your own equipment saves both time and the aggravation of waiting in line trying to rent equipment.  Dagmar is having their ski swap next weekend, October 30 and 31, 10 am - 4pm both days according to their website.  On Sunday November 7th there is a ski swap at Ontario Motor Sales in Oshawa which usually has a huge selection of used equipment.  Lakeridge usually has one too but they don't have anything on their website.

 

Depending on where you live Brimacombe would be another good option and they have a decent ski school and also a peewee program which is an even cheaper option to group lessons.

 

If you have any specific questions feel free to pm me.  I've had experience at all 3 of the above hills and would be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

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