Skiing is an activity that is difficult at the best of times but for those who may be slightly youngger or less experienced it can be a real challenge to learn and get to grips with life on the powder. Thankfully, the ski world recognizes this and has come up with a series of nifty gadget solutions to nearly every kind of problem skiing can throw at children. Here's a list of some of the best:
This ingenious device is great for adults as well as kids. By attaching wheels to the bottom of skis via a Velcro fastening, children as young as five are able to pull their skis along effortlessly behind them.
SKBoot Rolling Bag
In a similar vein, the SKBoot Rolling Bag is the pull-along luggage that kids can use and is specifically designed to fit ski boots and a helmet. Anyone who has been on a family ski holiday knows that it can be a lot of fun but organizing the whole family's luggage and working out how to carry it all can be a nightmare and that is where this brilliant bag comes in.
When it comes to teaching the kids to ski, while you may be staying at a reputable family ski resort that takes care of lessons and childcare for you so that they can learn and make friends at the same time from trained instructors, you may want to teach them some of the basics yourself. Tip connectors are a great place to start: the short rubber tube connects the tips of the skis so kids can adjust to the feel of skiing and learn balance and control safely.
Hula Hoops and Harnesses
Working much like the harnesses you use when the kids are very young to prevent them from wandering off unsupervised, these devices also prevent them from falling over while learning to ski. In a similar way to stability aids, they allow the child to balance on their own while letting the parent guide their direction and speed.
Strap on Skis
Another great way to teach the kids stability before they find their ski legs is by getting them to use strap on skis. These enable the teaching of balance and movement before the kids hit the slopes and are very safe.
Burton Riglet Reel
And for those who are not starting out on skis but on a snowboard instead, the Burton Riglet Reel is a great training aid. Attach it to the nose of their board and you will then be able to pull them around as they get used to standing sideways on a board.