The earlier you introduce a child to skiing, the more likely she is to progress and embrace skiing as a lifetime activity. Many of the best skiers start as young as 2. However, ski boots are not made small enough for kids 4 and younger. For these kids, a pair of strap-on skis is a solution, because they help get your child comfortable with having boards strapped to her feet.
The Lucky Bums skis and pole package ($49, 2010 prices), is geared toward any child who weighs less than 45 lbs. However, since most instructors recommend children not use poles when starting out, you can save a few dollars by buying the skis by themselves. The skis have a 7-inch-long fishtail pattern underfoot like cross-country skis that provides traction when sliding on flat terrain or moving uphill. The Lucky Bums are 70cm long and have an adjustable nylon strap binding that works with any standard snow or hiking boot.
Kid Ski Happy Skis
The Kid Ski Happy Skis ($44, 2010 prices) are designed for children up to 30 months in age. The skis are 70cm long and have an 8-inch-long fishtail pattern underneath to provide traction on the snow. The plastic binding is designed to work with any snow boot. Kid Ski was founded by former U.S. ski racer Steve Lathrop, who also designed teaching aids to work in conjunction with the skis, including ski tethers and a wedge lock.
The Karhu K'Boom ($55, 2010 prices) are 85cm long and have a 50mm waist. The skis work with children up to 65 lbs. The base has a fishtail pattern underneath the foot area of the ski for traction. The K'Boom has a dual nylon strap binding system with easy-slide buckles to quickly get the ski on your child's feet and is compatible with any snow or hiking boot.