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  1. #1926
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    But why?

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    Why not? It doesnít touch the snow but lots of potential to hit people including my son.


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    2 1/2 yo getting after it. Got the hula hoop out there next day but didn't get pics... Click image for larger version. 

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  4. #1929
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    Just tuned my 2yo and 5yo kidís skis. Nice sharp edges.

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    His smile makes me smile.


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    What a great thread.

    My 2 year-and-3-month old is skiing unsupported for the first time. Not very steep terrain. He can't turn very well, but he can definitely veer around stationary people. He can also turn around, once stopped. My wife is worried that he's too young, that his muscles or bones aren't strong enough, and we might screw up his development. Any thoughts on this?

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    I'm not a doctor, but I started at exactly 2 years old, and I turned out fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafjell View Post
    What a great thread.

    My 2 year-and-3-month old is skiing unsupported for the first time. Not very steep terrain. He can't turn very well, but he can definitely veer around stationary people. He can also turn around, once stopped. My wife is worried that he's too young, that his muscles or bones aren't strong enough, and we might screw up his development. Any thoughts on this?
    Started our Granddaughter at 2 1/2, by the end of the first day she could glide down the bunny hill, hands on knees and could also avoid stationary objects. Starting young sure has not hurt her development. She's 9, skis every inch of terrain at Alta, loves to hike and take the High T out to thirds, Eagles Nest and bus laps from the Ho. Not sure who has more fun, her skiing or her Grandparents watching. As a former instructor some kids are ready at two others at six.

  9. #1934
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    Here's what the American Academy of Pediatrics instructs:
    https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-...ctivities.aspx

    All common sense suggestions to anyone who skis regularly, although I'm sure most of us on here are not certified ski instructors (ha!).
    Note, that they dont list any age restrictions for skiing.

  10. #1935
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    Our daughter started at 2.5. She only went a few times that year, but on one of them the beginner lift broke and she and I hung there on an old 2 chair in 5 degree air with 30 mph winds for literally 25 minutes. She had to pee really badly - was quite traumatic. So much so that when the lift finally started up again I swooped her up and straightlined it to the lodge. She took a leak, we ate some lunch, and then to my massive surprise she asked to go back up.

    That's when I knew my life as a dad was gonna be pretty awesome.

    Fast forward 12 years, and her favorite present of the last few years was her new Prodigy Ws this summer. She skis switch damn near faster than I ski straight.

    So I'm saying I agree. 2 years plus a bit is fine to get them on snow. Don't push, just whatever they want to do and be ready to bail when they are done. Make it a great experience, and it'll just become something that they do and don't question, and eventually fall in love with.

    Just be real mellow about it this year.

  11. #1936
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    Quote Originally Posted by hafjell View Post
    What a great thread.

    My 2 year-and-3-month old is skiing unsupported for the first time. Not very steep terrain. He can't turn very well, but he can definitely veer around stationary people. He can also turn around, once stopped. My wife is worried that he's too young, that his muscles or bones aren't strong enough, and we might screw up his development. Any thoughts on this?
    He will be fine. Just know that you're on the magic carpet for another year or two. Keep it mellow and make sure the little guy is having fun.

  12. #1937
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    Hot chocolate. Every time you play on snow.
    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
    "She was tossing her bean salad with the vigor of a Drunken Pop princess so I walked out of the corner and said.... "need a hand?"" - Odin

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    If the kid is fine with it then it's fine. Everything I've seen re starting kids off is that the real focus is
    proprioception (knowing where your body is in space). A common test you'll see is whether the kid can mirror you when you make a thumbs up. As I understand it, the thinking is that if the kid doesn't know what they're doing with their feet and can't employ edges or turn their skis, then they're not really "skiing," even if you have them up on skis. They're just walking around with skis on. Though given the level of control you're talking about, sounds like your two-and-change kid has enough control to actually be skiing.

    Our 3 yr old had her first day of full-day (830-230) ski school last weekend. Highly recommended, if only for the fact that the good ski schools make sure the fun/hot chocolate to skiing ratio is high, and it lets you go bomb around the hill for a few hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cravenmorhead View Post
    If the kid is fine with it then it's fine. Everything I've seen re starting kids off is that the real focus is
    proprioception (knowing where your body is in space). A common test you'll see is whether the kid can mirror you when you make a thumbs up. As I understand it, the thinking is that if the kid doesn't know what they're doing with their feet and can't employ edges or turn their skis, then they're not really "skiing," even if you have them up on skis. They're just walking around with skis on. Though given the level of control you're talking about, sounds like your two-and-change kid has enough control to actually be skiing.

    Our 3 yr old had her first day of full-day (830-230) ski school last weekend. Highly recommended, if only for the fact that the good ski schools make sure the fun/hot chocolate to skiing ratio is high, and it lets you go bomb around the hill for a few hours.
    That's a long day for a kid that small. It's great that they are taking lots of breaks and keeping things as fun as possible

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    Yeah, they have the indoor space for the 3-4 yr olds right next to the outdoor space, and especially on cold days, they'll be inside >50% of the time. When I asked kiddo how her first day was, her response was "fantastic!"

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    If your kid has been in daycare, a ski school day isn't that long. And as much as it's fun to rag on ski schoolers, they're professionals who know how to keep it fun and not tire the kids out too too much. My kid started at 3-4, and she has always been ecstatic when we picked her up.
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    Agree with all said. My kid started out around age 2, and at 7 skis all around Kirkwood. There is certainly some terrain he wonít touch, but handles steeps just fine. In fact, he often looks more comfortable than most as he descends.

    He started ski school at around the same age and he always loved it. They play a lot in with the younger groups.

    Hot cocoa, hot cider, trail side breaks (make your skis into a bench), build forts (he used to make me travel w a shovel), throw snow balls, go in when they get cold, jelly bellies, make it fun.

    I think my son will surpass my wife in the next two seasons. Then Iíll be up on the chopping block.

    All the schlepping of gear, single run days, missing the powder, waiting on the steeps, etc has totally been worth it. Skiing with him now is just plain good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafjell View Post
    What a great thread.

    My 2 year-and-3-month old is skiing unsupported for the first time. Not very steep terrain. He can't turn very well, but he can definitely veer around stationary people. He can also turn around, once stopped. My wife is worried that he's too young, that his muscles or bones aren't strong enough, and we might screw up his development. Any thoughts on this?
    Orthopedic surgeon friends of mine say no problem. Fwiw

    Magic carpet goes away pretty soon with the hula hoop. Thx to detrusor for the hula hoop idea!

    Keep it fun! Nothing else matters.

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    I just made an oversized hula hoop with Pex from Home Depot, to replace my kids broken actual hula hoop, and it works awesome.

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    Pex is what we did too. Plus gold glitter and space galaxy duct tape.

    Detrusor does pex. Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by ski-wpk View Post
    I just made an oversized hula hoop with Pex from Home Depot, to replace my kids broken actual hula hoop, and it works awesome.
    Please explain the hula hoop technique.

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    Basically he skis and i hulz hoop behind him. Great physical therapy for too many nights in russian brothels.

    Put kid inside hula hoop. Ski behind kid while holding hula hoop. Tease kid to reach for said hula hoop to keep kid in front seat and skiing in their own. Pull kid back with hula hoop at kids center of mass when the going gets to fast to slow them down. As they get better, ski backwards in front of kid while they hold hula hoop. Skate alongside kid with hulahoop to tow them on the flats.

    Saves your back. Forces them to stand and support their own weight. Great physical therapy for past brothel visits. Chicks dig it.

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    I gotta try the hulla hoop technique. Here is some stoke from last weekend. 1st day evar for my 3YO girl. Definitely helped to have a older sibling to look up to. Itís his 3rd season, took him till 1/2 thru last year to start pizza / French fry. She was doing it her 1st day. And itís all about the funz! And coco!

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    ^^ nice work. start 'em young.

    the 9yr old was stoked to see the park added additional features and for some reason, heís been eyeing up the kinked rail. figured it out about the 5th time down but man, to his credit, has no fear and has no problem completely eating shit trying to put it all together.

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