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Time for a Family Snow Dance (Prep those kids for ski season!)

By Alyssa Erickson Fri Nov 11 2016 Basin Buzz, Skiing, Snowboarding

I think mother nature needs a little help this year from her most devoted followers: the powder hungry. With record high temperatures as we get closer to Thanksgiving, I am finding myself staring at our skis and boots with a downcast face.

But winter WILL arrive. So do this snow dance with your kids to help them (and mother nature) prepare for the snow to fly!

Stomp and Buckle

Get those boots out of the closet and try them on. If you are wondering how to double check the fit of your kid’s ski boots, here are my quick tips:

  1. Take the liner out of the shell. Have your child slide their foot in the shell until the toes just touch the front. You should be able to fit two fingers stacked between their heel and the shell.
  2. Replace the liner and put the boot back on. Have them flex at the knee and walk in the boot.
  3. If all signs say go, you are good to go!

family ski trips

Shuffle and Slide

While you have the boots out, get your kids clicking in and out of their bindings. Check that all bindings are adjusted correctly for their size boots and weight.

Have the kids practice walking forward and side-to-side with their skis on. They will use this movement frequently during the upcoming season but it will be more difficult on slippery snow. Why not practice now?

Plan Ahead

Once ski fever hits, I usually wish I’d used more of my “lazy weekends during the fall” to plan ahead for the ski season. Could your kids use a few lessons or even a month-long series of lessons like the ones provided in the Wildcats Program? Register early, save the date, and when the snow starts to fly, you can ski worry free!

Our kids had a great time, made new friends, and progressed significantly as skiers in the Wildcats program last season.

kids ski school

Now if only it would snow! See you on slopes!

 

Alyssa Erickson
I am a wife, mom, rock climber, skier, coffee lover and all around adventure lover with a passion for writing. I have my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Colorado and am the founder of KidProject.org. I live and play near the Wasatch Range, partnering with my husband and teaching my kids to make the most of life and the One who gave it to us.

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