How to Buy Skis for Kids

How to Buy Skis for Kids
The sport of skiing has stood the test of time, and skiing as a family is a great way to spend time together enjoying the great outdoors. Once your child is at an age and maturity level that she can physically handle the cold weather and the demands of wearing bulky clothes, heavy boots and other snow gear, she may be ready for ski lessons. If you have never bought skis for kids it is important to take some points under consideration.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Ski shop with a knowledgeable sales associate Professional binder
  • Ski shop with a knowledgeable sales associate
  • Professional binder
Step 1
Buy skis for kids only from a ski shop that has a professional and knowledgeable sales staff. You will need someone who knows what they are talking about to help you. If you are unsure of where to go, ask friends or other skiers for advice.
Step 2
Ask the sales representative to show you and your child examples of skis that are chin height for skiers who are 5 or 6 years of age and shoulder height for younger kids. Skis that are any longer can pose a serious injury risk.
Step 3
Look for skis that are manufactured with a soft core material, as this makes the skis more flexible. This is important for kids who might not have the control or body strength to turn on a more rigid set of skis.
Step 4
Purchase skis that are eyeball-height for the seasoned junior skier who has seen his share of slopes and has good body control. Forehead-height skis are acceptable for a kid who is comfortable skiing on single or double black diamond trails (expert-level trails in the United States). Expert-level kids are also better off with a stiffer set of skis.
Step 5
Make sure the bindings on your child's skis are adjusted and maintained by a professional. This is one of the most important parts of purchasing a set of skis. Any necessary adjustments to the bindings must be made before your child steps onto the skis. If the child falls while skiing, and the binding is too tight, the ski will not pop off and the child could be injured. If the binding is too lose, the skis could pop off while he is traveling downhill.

Tips & Warnings

 
Shorter is better when it comes to kids' skis, especially if they are beginners. Skis are not something to let your child "grow into." Purchasing skis that are the right size is essential. Consider renting skis. The same rules apply: the skis should be properly fitted and maintained. Skis can be purchased online but it is important to note the return policy. Upon receiving the skis, you will need to make sure that they are the right height and that the bindings are secure and properly adjusted. A ski-shop professional can help.
 
Shorter is better when it comes to kids' skis, especially if they are beginners. Skis are not something to let your child "grow into." Purchasing skis that are the right size is essential.
 
Consider renting skis. The same rules apply: the skis should be properly fitted and maintained.
 
Skis can be purchased online but it is important to note the return policy. Upon receiving the skis, you will need to make sure that they are the right height and that the bindings are secure and properly adjusted. A ski-shop professional can help.
 
While you are shopping for skis, you may also want to consider purchasing a ski helmet for your child. Make sure the child who will be wearing the skis is with you when you go ski shopping. There's less chance that the skis will be too short, too long, too rigid or too soft if the child is present.
 
While you are shopping for skis, you may also want to consider purchasing a ski helmet for your child.
 
Make sure the child who will be wearing the skis is with you when you go ski shopping. There's less chance that the skis will be too short, too long, too rigid or too soft if the child is present.

Article Written By Eleanor Jewell

Eleanor Jewell started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jewell is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in education and a teacher certification.

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