How to Choose Skis for Kids

How to Choose Skis for Kids
In addition to being a family sport that allows you and your children to spend quality time together, skiing offers children a chance to learn such life skills as balance and attention focus. Repeatedly renting skis can be expensive, so buying skis for your child is necessary if you plan to ski more than two or three times a year. Correctly choosing skis for kids ensures their safety on the slopes.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • tape measure scale
  • tape measure
  • scale
 
Step 1
Weigh and measure your child. Measure his height in centimeters because skis are measured in that measurement.
Step 2
Look up the recommended ski length based on your child's weight on a ski sizing table.
Step 3
Evaluate your child's skiing skill level. Beginning skiers will use shorter skis relative to their height than kids who have been skiing regularly for a couple of years.
Step 4
Choose skis for your child taking into account her age, weight, height and skill. Request a demonstration set of skis or rent the skis for a day to ensure that your child is comfortable with the skis and that they are a good fit.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
If your child is a beginner who is under age 6, look for skis that end between his chin and eyes when he is standing next to the skis. A beginner over age 6 should have skis that are slightly shorter than she is. Intermediate skiers under age 6 may use skis that are approximately their height. As he gains skill, he may use a ski that is 5 to 10 cm longer than his height.
 
If your child is a beginner who is under age 6, look for skis that end between his chin and eyes when he is standing next to the skis. A beginner over age 6 should have skis that are slightly shorter than she is.
 
Intermediate skiers under age 6 may use skis that are approximately their height. As he gains skill, he may use a ski that is 5 to 10 cm longer than his height.
 
Never try to get multiple years out of your kids' skis. Their skis must fit perfectly every year in order to avoid damage and injury.
 
Never try to get multiple years out of your kids' skis. Their skis must fit perfectly every year in order to avoid damage and injury.

Article Written By Jessica Morelock

Jessica Morelock began her professional writing career in 2007, after a three-year stint as a producer and co-host on Sirius Satellite Radio. She has also worked for the airline industry and as a travel agent. She completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.