Many questions can arise when choosing ski equipment for the first time, especially for younger kids. When going skiing as a beginner and as a kid, there are multiple factors to bear in mind, and sometimes it can be overwhelming for families to arrange the best possible experience for the little ones.
Choosing the appropriate ski equipment for your kids can be a determining factor for a successful skiing experience. It may shape their fondness for the sport, particularly in the early stages of skiing. Hence, it becomes essential to find the right ski equipment based on a number of factors that will help them to have a trouble-free, enjoyable and most importantly, comfortable experience on their skis.
This article answers some of the common questions regarding the specifics of the world of skiing equipment. From the specific details you need to know to the process of getting the right equipment and valuable tips that will make it a lot easier when choosing your kid’s ski equipment.
Which ski equipment is best for my kid who is a beginner?
When looking at ski equipment shops, you will find a great variety of ski equipment, accessories and clothing for different levels and ages. We know it can be overwhelming to find the right equipment, that’s why, in this blog post, we will break down the process for you.
Kids between 2 and 3 years old
For toddlers between 2 and 3 years old, they will start with basic equipment, since it will be almost like taking a walk in the snow. The ideal equipment is mini skates, which are really short skis, easy to take on and off, and perfect for a first introduction to the snow. For boots, it is recommended to use those with one or two ski buckles, which are easily removable. Always make sure to measure the width and length of the boots, so they are comfortable and do not hurt the foot.
At this point, no poles are needed. This is because kids can control their turns and balance through their legs. As for accessories, it is crucial to wear a helmet, as well as goggles or sunglasses to protect them from the sun, wind or rain.
Kids between 3 and 6 years old
For ages 3 to 6, it will depend on their skiing ability. In some shops, you will find multiple brands and equipment for different levels. For beginners, the most important factor to consider is the length of the skis. Always make sure the skis are not too long, as they are harder to move around.
Kids this age can go for boots with three buckles. You can find a great variety of brands, such as Nordica, Fisher or Dalbello that offer great options for beginners and are a good reference to look for when choosing your kid’s boots.
Poles are not really necessary at this age. However, you will see they are generally offered together with the rest of the equipment. Of course, and in most cases, a helmet is mandatory and highly advised, as well as goggles or sunglasses.
Kids 7 years old and older
For kids who are 7 or older, skis should be 10 to 15 cm shorter than their height. This will allow for better performance on the slopes since it will be easier to manoeuvre, turn and stop. Keep in mind, the longer the skis, the harder it will be to move.
You can choose from a wide array of boots, depending on their level and age, you will find multiple categories to choose from. Kids this age will start using poles. The right length of poles for children depends on their height. The ski pole should be comfortable on the hands when going down the slopes. This formula can help you find the right measures for your kid’s poles:
Ski pole length = Body height x 0.7
✅ CheckYetiTip: If you are deciding between two ski poles, always chose the longer ones.
How do I pick the right size for my kid’s skis? (step by step with CheckYeti size guide)
Here is when things start to get tricky. Finding the right size for skis and boots can be challenging. To make sure you get a perfect fitting of ski boots, we recommend getting them sized in a ski shop. The boot-fitting ensures a proper adjustment of the foot to the ski boot. These boots tend to be very stiff, so it is essential that the boots do not feel either too tight or too loose, as this can lead to injuries and a bad experience on the slopes.
As for finding the best possible skis for your kid, CheckYeti offers a size guide table where you can find the ideal ski length depending on your kid’s age. This way, you will know in which category your kid falls, and can easily book the equipment without even having to go to a shop.
Once you know the equipment your kid needs, we always recommend giving additional information regarding the experience level, shoe size, height in centimetres and weight in kilograms. This way, a professional can choose the right boots, skis and poles for your kid, and have them ready for pick-up at the shop.
Should beginners use shorter or longer skis? Are shorter skis better for kids?
Shorter skis are a great option for kids and beginners, as they are easier to turn, you have more control, and are also lighter to carry around. They are also better for a slower speed on the slopes, so if your kid is just getting started, look for shorter skis. Eventually, when you have more experience and control, you can switch to longer skis for better performance.
Does weight matter for ski length?
Weight plays an important factor when deciding which skis your kid needs. Ski length is generally determined by your age, which is measured by your average weight and height. However, if your weight is less than the average for your height, you should choose shorter skis. If you weigh more than average, you should go for longer skis.
✅ CheckYeti Tip: The junior categories for skis are typically designed for children or teenagers who weigh less than 55 kg. Starting roughly at 45 kg, the ski equipment is considered for adults. If your kid is above average, he might fall into the adult category.
Once you have figured out the right size of equipment for your kids, you will find the rest of the process to be a piece of cake.
From the comfort of your home, workplace or any other location, you can easily find the equipment and book it. Afterwards, all that’s left to do is pick up the equipment at the shop, where a team of professionals will advise you on any questions you may have, making the whole process much easier and more convenient.