5 Tips For Introducing Ski Poles

I always recommend you start your child off learning to ski without ski poles. In fact, don't bother introducing poles until your child is good and ready. This can be at different ages for different children, it's more about ability and comfort level. If they can stop in control and use their turns to control their speed, than they may be ready but, always check in with them and gauge their interest level first. There is no rush. Introducing poles too early can cause frustration and ultimately create bad habits. Truth bomb - the best skiers can ski without their poles anyway.

If your child IS ready to start using ski poles, these 5 tips will get them started off right!

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Janelle Thomas
6 Reasons You Are Your Childs Best Instructor

You have the benefit of already knowing how your child works, what drives them and what triggers set them off! You already know what motivates them, how far they can be pushed and their physical strengths and weaknesses. You may even know their learning style. A good Ski Instructor will spend the majority, if not all of a full day lesson gaining this information about your child, so they can cater the lesson to their individual needs.

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Janelle Thomas
How To: Family Skiing On A Budget

As a family of 5, we have always lived off of one income (often below the poverty level) and yet we have skied every season. Over the years I’ve had to get real creative to make this happen and along the way I have discovered how to save thousands of dollars when it comes to skiing with your kids.

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Clint Malson
Knowing When To Sign Up For Lessons

I get this question all the time: “How should I get my child started skiing?” The A-typical choice is to wait until they are old enough for group lessons (usually 4+) and then sign them up to learn the basics.  Mamas are most often looking for their child to gain enough ski skills in their group lessons to be able to join them on intermediate runs, without being stuck in power wedge. But, I’ve never been A-typical, so my answers to this question may surprise you.  

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Clint Malson
Teaching Tools: What To Use And How To Use It

Teaching tools are not used to teach kids as much as they are used to keep them safe. So from this point on, let me just call them what they are, safety tools. My best advice for safety tools; don’t over do it! Consider this, would you teach your child to swim wearing a lifejacket and swim arms while sitting in an inner tube? Well, maybe. Ok, I did once (when I had first child syndrome) but, I know it was overkill and ultimately very unproductive. Why? Because he couldn’t even move!  He couldn’t experience the water and what it’s like to float so how was he suppose to gain any of the skills he needed to swim independently? It’s the same for skiing.

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Clint Malson