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The proper equipment set up and fit can help provide the child with a positive sports experience that delivers increased chances of success in developing their fundamental skiing skills.
Poorly fitting, improperly adjusted or un-tuned equipment can prevent a child from successfully developing their fundamental skiing skills.
- Boys 1-6
- Girls 1-6
- Snow Stars Level 1 - 3
- No formalized competition
- Skis length should measure between the shoulder and head height when held up next to the child.
- Ski sidecut should be that of an all mountain ski and skis should not be twin tipped.
- Skis should be well taken care of including sharpened edges, wax on the bases and bindings adjusted correctly.
- Boots should be a front buckling boot with no more than three buckles.
- Properly fitting boots are required to execute fundamental skiing skills successfully.
- Boots need to be capable of being flexed at the ankle by the child and should fit securely around the lower leg, but not too tight.
- Properly fitting boots will allow a child to feel shin pressure when they are flexing their ankles resulting in more success while learning how to ski.
- Goggles should have double lenses to help avoid goggle fog which inhibits a child's ability to see.
- Goggles should fit comfortably on the child's face when wearing a helmet.
HelmetChildren participating in skiing are required to wear a properly fitting helmet.
Helmet fitting tips:
- Make sure the pads are flush against the child's cheeks and forehead.
- The back of the helmet should not touch the nape of the child's neck.
- The helmet should fit snugly with a fastened chin strap.
- The helmet sits level, with the front edge just above the child's eyebrows.
- The helmet should not shift when the child shakes their head from side to side or front to back.
- The helmet should work with the child's goggles and fit comfortably when both are worn. Have the child try the helmet on with their goggles when purchasing a new helmet.
Helmets DO NOT last forever or until a child grows out of their helmet. Worn and damaged helmets should be replaced to ensure they can adequately absorb possible future impacts.
- Children should have waterproof mittens or gloves with insulation.
- If a child's hands get cold, quickly plan to have enough room in a child's gloves or mitten for a hand warmer.
Warm LayersChildren need to dress in warm layers similar to adults.
Warm layers include:
- A base layer made of wicking material (i.e., wool, synthetic), this includes socks.
- A mid layer that contains more insulation (i.e., sweatshirt, hoodie, softshell).
- An outer layer which contains insulation is waterproof and versatile (i.e., three in one jacket, insulated ski pants).