Skiing is fun for all ages; however, teaching kids to ski can be difficult and time consuming. The need to hold on to ski poles is what makes the activity a bit difficult for young children to pick up. Why not consider snowboarding instead? Snowboarding is easier to teach children since there isn’t as much need for coordination, which can be harder for children to pick up. Also, they don’t need any extra equipment to hold on to, such as ski poles. Here are some tips for getting your kids started with snowboarding:
Get the Right Gear
First off, visit an outdoor or specialty snowboarding equipment store and head to the children’s aisle. You’ll want to get some assistance from a salesperson to make sure you are getting the right equipment. They will also make sure that you select the right sizes. Your child will need warm clothing of course, especially a winter jacket, as well as gloves, a hat, scarf, goggles and special boots that will clip into the snowboard. Of course, you’ll also need to select just the right size of snowboard for your child. The size of all this equipment depends on your child’s age, weight and height, so it’s a must to bring your child along with you while you shop. Don’t forget to buy a helmet for them. While a head injury is not something you think about often when skiing or snowboarding, the fact is, it is a very real danger, especially when the snow is hard and the mountain is busy. Collisions and falls do happen and bumps on the head are a real concern. Also, a child’s head is more fragile than adults, making a helmet for them absolutely critical. Don’t think about taking them out on the slopes without one.
Now that you have all the right gear, you want to head out to the slopes with your child. However, don’t let them try this sport without getting lessons first. Children need to know the basics of snowboarding before they give it a try. Make sure to hire a certified instructor to teach them the basics. Any good winter resort will have lessons available. If you chose a resort that caters to families with children, surely they will have an instructor available that specializes in teaching kids. For kids, they often learn best in groups, so try a group snowboarding class.
Safety should be your #1 priority, of course. Before letting them slide down the bunny slopes, you want to make sure they have all the right gear, as well as instruction, and also supervision. You may also want to pick up specialized safety equipment if they’ve never been on the slopes before, like special pants that have extra padding in the rear end. There’s no doubt that your child will fall on their rear at least a few times while snowboarding, so this extra padding will make sure they don’t hurt themselves. In addition, make sure the child knows how to fall safely. Hold their hands the first few times down that bunny slope; it will make all the difference in the world to them.