Parenting: Skiing with your children
March 9, 2012 (WPVI) -- Both of my children have fallen in love with skiing. My husband and I, both avid skiers, started taking Luke and Emma to the Poconos slopes when they were 3-years-old. They would last a couple hours, usually skiing between our legs on the bunny slopes.
This year, when Emma turned 4 and Luke turned 6, the ski bug bit them HARD. The past couple of months, we've been heading to the slopes nearly every weekend and both kids are skiing the black diamond runs.
They even started to join the ski development team in slalom races. I looked to the National Ski Areas Association for tips on skiing with your children. Most importantly, they say put a lid on your kid! Ski helmets are a must. My husband I and both wear helmets. Risking a head injury is not worth it.
Even if you ski in control, you can still be hit by another skier. But remember, if your child wears a ski helmet, they may not hear as well. You may have to raise your voice more to get their attention.
Also, make sure the helmet fits correctly. A ski helmet is not an item you buy for your child to grow into.
They also suggest dressing in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature.
Dress your kids in polypropylene underwear, or another synthetic base layer. Not only does it feel good next to the skin, it also dries quickly, absorbing sweat and keeping you warm.
Your kids should also wear a turtleneck, sweater, waterproof jacket and a gator or balaclava to cover their face.
Be sure they wear sun protection, even on cloudy days. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think! So, kids should also have a good pair of goggles for eye protection.
Carry your cell phone with you on the slopes and be sure your child has your name and phone number written down on a piece of paper in a secure pocket. That way, if you enroll your child in lessons, which I recommend, you will always be in touch.
Lastly another way to stay safe on the slopes - discuss with your children a place to meet if you ever get separated.
Happy parenting! Cecily
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