How to Buy Skis for Children

How to Buy Skis for Children
One of the problems with bringing children to the skiing slopes is the cost. Kids are always growing, and much of the equipment they're using today won't fit tomorrow. For this reason, most children's equipment is recommended to be purchased at larger proportional sizes than would be bought for adults. It's important to know what to look for when buying skis for kids to ensure you don't end up overpaying for a set, and have a pair you can get maximum mileage out of.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Determine the right length of ski for your child. Children six years and under should use skis that fall just short of reaching their chin when stood on end. Kids 12 years old and under should use skis that reach to the middle of their face, but no higher than the eyes.
Step 2
Search for easy-to-turn skis that will help your child learn how to navigate easier on the snow. These skis have narrow middle sections (where the boots attach) and become wider at the ends.
Step 3
Find ski boots that are one to two sizes bigger than what your child needs. However much larger they are than a perfect fit, make sure that the sides of the feet are still supported and that the cuff of the ski is snug.

Tips & Warnings

Poles are not necessary for young children (eight years old and under) because their skis allow them to learn turning by using their upper body to shift weight and generate force.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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