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Going skiing with Barriguitas
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December 25, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

Even if it´s cold this winter season, there are so many fun things to do as a family! In this post, we spoke about how healthy it is for kids to play outside even during the cold winter days. We´ve also published several articles about winter sport activities such as Ice Skating. But today, we´d like to focus on skiing. Skiing with children shouldn’t be complicated or dangerous but there are certain things you must keep in mind. Barriguitas knows best as she is an expert skier. That´s why we asked her to share some tips for mommys and daddys who want to take their kids skiing this winter.

Tips for skiing with kids

FUN NO MATTER WHAT

The most important thing about any sport is to have fun while they learn. If you manage to have your kids see it as fun, you´ve already accomplished quite a lot. This positive attitude will come in handy every time they have a setback. Each new challenge will be an adventure and not a problem. “When I ski, I am happy and I forget about the cold and the wind! It´s like a game. If I fall down, I just get back up!” says Barriguitas.

AGE APPROPRIATE

When kids are old enough to walk (at about 2) they can be in touch with the snow. “But, that doesn’t mean they´re old enough to ski”, says Barriguitas. Experts don´t recommend it. Not only because their muscles and bones have not yet fully developed but also because they haven’t developed their motor skills. During those years however, your children can become accustomed to the snow, the ski gear and get used to being on the mountain. Once they start skiing they´ll make fast progress and by the time they are eight years old, they will be able to go up on a lift and ski downhill.

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Patience, patience, patience

Kids, like everyone who learns something for the first time, will have to do it slow and go step by step. To get them used to the snow, have them play making a snowman or ride in a sleigh. These are fun activities, which will get them used to some of the equipment needed to ski (ski boots, snow jacket, gloves, hat, sun glasses). “It´s a bit uncomfortable at first because all those clothes limit their movements,” says Barriguitas.

Once they are able to move around with ease, they could play in the snow park. Almost all ski stations have them: safe protected places for children who want to start to ski. The instructors will be the ones who will let you know if your children are ready.

Supervised always

We might be expert skier but that doesn’t mean we know as much as the ski instructors. Nor does it mean we can teach our own kids. But that’s what instructors are there for. To make sure your child is prepared to ski. And that requires practice. Barriguitas confessed: “My instructor knows what my ski level is better than my parents. I feel better when they listen to him.”

Weather and Snow condition

We must check the weather, especially for wind and snow conditions. We should try to avoid bad weather days for the kids. “I´d rather start my day later because the weather is nicer then,” says Barriguitas.

It´s also important to check the snow conditions. If your child still does not know how to come to a full stop in powdered snow, he might have serious trouble if the snow gets hard. We should try it first or ask what the snow conditions are on the slopes. Never force your kids to ski if they don’t feel like it or are afraid to. It might prevent them from skiing forever.

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