When your child has the right size ski, it can help them learn and improve faster. Ensuring the ski isn’t too long helps them turn more easily, maintain the appropriate speed, and have an all-around fun experience on the hill. Ultimately, the holy grail of a family ski experience is a happy child (which usually means a happy parent), minimal tears (let’s be honest though- parenting without tears isn’t a thing), and a desire to do it all again. While ski size can seem so trivial, it can be the single factor that helps create this fun, tear-free, empowering ski experience for your family.
Do you plan on taking a family ski trip annually? It can seem tempting to size up the ski with fast-growing kids to get more life out of the ski, and in turn, more bang for your buck. While this is harmless when shopping for pajamas, it isn’t the best practice for kids’ skis. Again- the wrong size ski can impact safety, confidence, and all-around fun. Instead of sizing up to save the pocketbook, check in with local ski shops to understand what discounts and programs they have in place for kids. Most shops allow you to trade in skis for children each year for a credit towards a new pair. This option allows you to choose the appropriate size ski without worrying about breaking the bank. Some shops may even provide seasonal rentals, especially for kids, at a great rate. So take it from us, and use these #Protips as alternatives to ensure you set your child up for success, and your bank account is thanking you!