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Tips for hooking kids on skinny skiing

Brooks Schaaf progressed from a snow-eating munchkin to a speedster on skating skis after just a few years of involvement in the Nordic Kids program at Mount Spokane
Brooks Schaaf progressed from a snow-eating munchkin to a speedster on skating skis after just a few years of involvement in the Nordic Kids program at Mount Spokane

Tips for hooking kids on skinny skiing

•Snow suits are fine for toddlers, who spend much of their time rolling in the snow, but older kids need layers they can shed to avoid overheating.

•Kids will learn faster with equipment that fits. Some shops have trade-up programs to keep down the cost.

•Nordic skis for small children should reach somewhere between the nose and the top of the head.

•Teaching a child to ski doesn’t necessarily start with a lesson. Begin with games and outings with easily attained goals or destinations.

•Keep the length of the outing appropriate to the child. Be sure the child doesn’t get cold.

•Carry snacks and water on the trail.

•Kids of different ages can play certain ski games together, but it’s unrealistic to expect a 4-year-old to ski with a 7-year-old. Consider letting the older child bring a friend.

•Keep verbal instruction brief. Never make kids stand around for long.

•New skiers of any age benefit from skiing without poles to develop balance for both classic and skating techniques. When kids are skiing without poles, parents should put theirs aside, too.

•Bring the kids around people with enthusiasm for skiing. It’s contagious.



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