If you decide to purchase Ski
equipment you must do your homework. It is important that you
understand what you are purchasing so do some research, ask
questions and shop around.
How do I select a helmet?
Purchasing a helmet is not
difficult. You must measure the circumference of your child’s head;
use a tape measure around the head just above the eyebrows. Most
helmets are sized in centimeters so you may need to convert your
measurement if it is in inches. Sizes may vary based on the
manufacturer so be sure to try on the helmet. Also, be sure to try
the goggles on with the helmet you plan on purchasing.
How do I size my child for ski boots?
There are many different styles of
boots to choose from however the most important thing to remember is
that they fit properly and are comfortable. It is important to try
on a variety of styles and sizes at a reputable ski shop where they
can properly size your child. There are two types of boots either
top entry or rear entry. With rear entry, you slip your foot into
the boot from the back. Top entry boots will have multiple
clips down the front and you slip your foot in from the top.
Make sure you child is
wearing ski socks when they try on the boots. Let your child put
the boot on as an initial test. First make sure all the buckles,
straps and Velcro fasteners are completely undone. If your child
doesn't complain, you're off to a good start
Have your child take the boot off
and remove the liner. You'll get a better idea of how close toes are
to the end of the boot with a soft liner.
Ask your child to wiggle
his or her toes to get an idea of tightness and space. Make sure
that there is some space beyond the toes within the boot. Kids need
some extra space to keep their feet warm. Also, a little extra space
may allow your child to get more than one season's wear from the
boots. All boots will get
"roomier" as the inner boot packs down. Be sure to have them flex
their knees similar to a skiing position. The heel should stay in
place and the foot should not move up
Put the liner back in, and have
them latch the clips to tighten the boot on their feet.
If the boot has a power strap, Velcro strap across the top, pull it
tight to adjust the fit. Listen to what your child
says about the fit and comfort
of the boot.
Should Children Use Ski Poles?
Almost any child under the age of 6
will find no use for poles on the ski slope. Poles are used to help
you with your balance and they are extremely useful in
helping to initiate your turns, perhaps to break a fall, or to pole
yourself along on flat terrain.
What are bindings?
Bindings hold your boots to the
skis and are designed to release when you fall. The type of binding
used is based on weight, height and ability of the skier. It is
important that bindings be set by a certified technician, because
they are set incorrectly, you could suffer a severe injury.
important for your comfort and safety.
You should choose a pair of ski
goggles like you would choose a pair of shoes, accurate fit is
The ski glasses should be
strapped on snugly over your ski helmet or hat. The feel of
the goggle foam on your face should be consistent all the way
around the goggles, there shouldn't be any uncomfortable
Make sure your goggles have
good vents. These are foam covered air portals, to let air flow
through the skiing goggle to keep them fog-free.
When buying ski glasses or
snowboard goggles, look for double lenses. They perform the best
by creating a thermal barrier. Double lenses won’t fog up on you
Goggles come in a variety of
colors and each has it own benefits.
are best for extremely stormy conditions or for riding
Lemon, or yellow lenses are best for stormy conditions
and overcast days, they increase contrast and brighten
up the landscape.
or pink lenses increase contrast in most
conditions. This lens with a silver gun mirror is ideal
for most riding conditions. Pink ski goggles are very
Citrus or orange lenses also increase contrast, and are
great for bright days. Choose an option with a mirror
for a darker lens for the brightest conditions.
or photochromic lenses change depending
upon the light conditions (for example from a light pink
or orange, to a dark pink or orange). They are a very
light high contrast color for stormy weather, and dark
enough for the brightest bluebird days.
Polarized ski goggles
lenses can cut glare that reflects from snow or ice.
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Understanding Ski Length
It used to
be you could determine your ski length by reaching the tip of the
ski to the top of your head. You'd add five to 10 centimeters
according to skill and weight.
Using the top of your head is still a good guide, but with shaped
skis, the trend is to shorter skis. Shaped skis are wider and have
more surface area touching the snow. They're more stable. If one
word can describe the way they work, the word would be "automatic."
Lean a little and the skis almost turn themselves.
Do I need shaped skis for my child?
For the typical skier under 8-9 years, the corresponding ski length
isn't even long enough to benefit from a side-cut. Furthermore, it
requires a great deal of force to bend a shorter ski enough to feel
the difference that a shaped ski provides. Lightweight youngsters
traveling at slower speeds simply do not have what it takes to carve
a turn. Some instructors feel shaped skis are actually detrimental
to wedge-turning, because the shape might serve to force the tips
together rather than releasing back into the parallel position
needed for beginner turns.
Skis that are about 130 cm in length will begin to perform
differently depending on their side-cut. It is at this length when
manufacturers begin to make style-specific side-cuts on skis (i.e.
GS, SL, etc.). At this point, you can decide what shape would be
ideal for your child depending on their skiing style.
What ski length should you get?
Here's a good place to start:
Juvenile: Age 2-5
Ski Tip should be between mid chest and below the chin
Junior: Age 6-12
Ski Tip Center of Forehead
If you are unsure about what size to get, always err on the shorter
As with adult skis, you should take into account the child's weight,
ability and aggressiveness when picking the correct ski length.