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    Toddlers Ski Equipment - Advice

    need a little help friends - My wife and I want to get our daughter on skis this year. She will be 21 months as of January. Any recommendations on where to get skis/boots? I'd do a season lease or buy used. Thinking play it again sports but i'm not really sure.


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    Try some ski swaps. You can get some good stuff cheap.
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    I'm not sure. I would keep your expectations low on several fronts:
    -You may have a hard time finding boots small enough.
    -Don't expect to do much more than pull her back and forth on flat ground this year. She may make it down a bunny slope, but I wouldn't bet on it.
    -I don't know if any ski school would take a kid that young.
    -Kids get cold fast and like hot chocolate.

    We started our younger daughter at 3, and she was the smallest kid around most days. She only really got going last season at age 5. By the end of the season she and her sister found their first unmarked tree shots off the trail. I was so proud!

    That said, maybe your daughter will take to it right from the start. If you know a community with a lot of locals and ski bums raising kids, they might have good advice. Our VT friends helped us out in that regard.

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    Dont most folks rent until their kids reach a certain age?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    Dont most folks rent until their kids reach a certain age?
    Sometimes ski swap stuff is actually cheaper than renting and then you can resale it and by the next size the next year. When they are that young quality really does not matter.
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    Ha yeah my wife and I plan on skiing until 1 - lunching - then taking her out to pull her back and forth just to get used to being on snow. We have no expectations at all! Most ski schools won't take kids until 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smellytele View Post
    Try some ski swaps. You can get some good stuff cheap.
    I second this. Get the shortest ski's you can (we started with 70cm, but I've seen smaller) and boots that will last a couple years. All 3 of my kids have been on skis since they could walk. Their progression looked something like this:

    1.5 years - plastic boots that went directly on ski boots (this might be a good option for you too)
    My youngest totally rebelled at this age. Don't force it...it should be fun, not torture.
    2.5 years - real skis/boots, take on bunny slope between legs
    My youngest did really well at this age...could go on his own, but not turn or stop
    3.5 years - Real skiing/lessons (depending on where you go)
    All of my kids were skiing at least the bunny slopes by this age. My youngest was a rockstar and skied most of Bretton Woods and good portion of Cannon at this age.

    Good luck! Skiing with kids can be so much fun. Pro tip, though - take them out in the morning. When they are cranky and tired in the afternoon, your chances of them (or you) having fun goes down exponentially!

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    Taught both my sons at age 20/21 months. Highly recommend Pats Peak. FREE magic carpets for both adults and kids. Great lodge. We rented skis for 1 day with our oldest. After the first day, we rented for the season for like $150. They have all necessary equipment. $0 for lift tix. We went like 8 times. We bought skis next season at Mcintype ski swap. Last year my oldest was 3.5 years old skiing from the top of Pats Peak. My younger boy went like 6 times on the carpets. I had to help him each time.

    Some days we would only do 2 runs. But without paying for lift tix, we didn't care.

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    Killington has (or at least used to have) programs for 2 year olds, where it was mainly daycare, but with some on snow lessons 1 on 1 with an instructor on the carpets outside of the Ramshead Lodge. Both of my kids had their 1st days on skis there in those programs when they were 26 months old.

    The instructors/staff are all about making sure the kids are having fun and being aware of the child's attention span and interest. So as I was told when I dropped my kids off there... "we're going to do our best to get your child out on skis, but if they are having way more fun playing inside and throw a large temper tantrum every time we try to see in they want to go outside, then they may not get on skis today." (They also said that over 95% of kids DO get on skis every day)

    The key is to find a day when it's comfortable outside. A snowy, cold, windy, drizzly day isn't the best for a young child, even if that's what mother nature throws at you and your schedule availability. Teaching a young child to ski is WAY more about putting your ego and wishes and wants in check and making it all about the child having fun outside...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoublePlanker View Post
    Taught both my sons at age 20/21 months. Highly recommend Pats Peak. FREE magic carpets for both adults and kids. Great lodge. We rented skis for 1 day with our oldest. After the first day, we rented for the season for like $150. They have all necessary equipment. $0 for lift tix. We went like 8 times. We bought skis next season at Mcintype ski swap. Last year my oldest was 3.5 years old skiing from the top of Pats Peak. My younger boy went like 6 times on the carpets. I had to help him each time.

    Some days we would only do 2 runs. But without paying for lift tix, we didn't care.
    Good to know! I'm hoping in a couple years Pats Peak is my local hill. Planning on a move to Concord/Hopkinton area. My daughter would be hopefully ready to start trying some skis not long after.
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