How to Teach a Toddler to Ski!

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Who am I to tell you how to teach your toddler to ski?

I’m not a skier.  I’m a snowboarder…yes, I’m a knuckle dragger as you skiers like to call us.

The last time I skied was when I was 5 years old.  The only memory I have is the time my parents took me to the top of the mountain and I cried because I was deathly afraid of the steep mountain I had to go down.

The only experience I have of teaching anyone to do anything on two sticks is my 3 year old daughter.  I know what equipment you will use, and the terms pizza and french fries…I’ll explain if you don’t know those terms.



I’m not going to lie, there’s a lot of equipment needed and it can get pricey, but there are ways to save and I’ll share them with you.


My daughter is three and a half, and her foot is too small for normal ski boots.  She is almost there but if the boots don’t fit right you are risking injury.

You can go to your local ski store and they will measure their foot for you.

If your child is big enough for normal boots you have a few options.  You can buy new equipment every year as they grow, or you can buy used gear on Craigslist or your local second hand store or pawn shop.  Or you can see if any of your local ski stores have a ski swap.  This is probably the best way to go.  The way it works is you rent gear for the whole year for around $100.  If your child grows out of it that season, you can just exchange it for a bigger size.  You turn everything in at the end of the season and do it again the next season.  Just make sure you plan early because gear is limited at some places.  Usually the beginning of October is a good time of year to look into this.

This will save you a ton of money.  Have you looked at the price of ski boots and skis?  Not cheap.

So this year we ended up getting some plastic skis on Amazon that she can wear her snow boots with, instead of buying ski boots.  This beginners gear was pretty cheap for toddler skis.

Ski Wedge

This little device helps kids keep their skis together in a wedge to make a pizza slice.  This is where their toes are together as a pizza wedge formation with their heals apart.  This helps them to slow down and control their motion forward.  The french fry formation is where they straighten their skis out so they are parallel.  This looks like two french fries together,  and allows them to go faster.


I was on the bunny hill last week and I saw a mom trying to teach her kid how to ski.  Not only did the kid not have a helmet, he didn’t even have a beanie on to keep his little noggin warm.

Please don’t be this parent.

I’ve seen my  fair share of head injuries working in the medical field and most of them could have been prevented if they just had a helmet on.

If you start them out young wearing a helmet, it will become second nature to them.

Ski Trainer Harness

Without this piece of equipment you will have a backache at the end of the day.  Trust me, this piece of equipment will save your back.

The harness allows you to easily hold your child until they get their balance down.  Then when they learn to balance themselves, you can graduate to the leash.  The leash allows you to keep them under your control while you can  safely ski down the hill together.

Snow Outfit

This outfit needs to be warm and waterproof.  The last thing you want is a little frozen snow bunny.  I suggest either getting a one piece or a jacket with snow bib pants.  Snow bibs prevents snow from to getting down their pants.  They also need some long johns as a base layer to keep them warm. They also need gloves.  I suggest getting mittens because they seem to keep hands warmer than gloves.

You will also need to consider investing in some ski socks.  These tend to be a thicker sock to keep those little piggies warm.


Protect those little eyes.  On sunny days the sun reflects off the snow and can be very damaging to your eyes.  You can have your child wear sunglasses or goggles.  If it is snowing you definitely need to have your child in googles.

This makes it easier to see the slope and keeps the snow out of their eyes.

Last but not least…sunscreen

Do not forget to apply sunscreen and reapply.  Being up in the mountains means you are closer to the sun.  It also reflects off the snow so it’s really easy to burn up there.


I think that just about covers it.  I know it’s a lot of equipment but to have a pleasant experience the gear is necessary to keep your kids warm and safe.

Most of all go out there and have fun with your little one.  Let them be in control of the situation and don’t push them to do things they don’t want to do.

Some kids learn better from people other than their parents.  Ski school is a great option.  Most places have a starting age of 3 or 4 years of age.   This will give your child a chance to interact with other kids and they learn from an instructor.  This also gives you a chance to get out and do your own thing on the mountain!!  Win Win!!

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About Somer Nelson

Hi my name is Somer Nelson. Adventurer-in-Chief at RockStarMama LLC I have a passion driven business and a passion for helping people. I am an internet marketer and I help home-based business owners build and monetize their business online! I'm always looking for the next adventure and I love my wine and coffee! I look forward to guiding you on your entrepreneurial journey!


  1. Kaleigh


    I love this post, Somer! I used to teach ski lessons and taught the 3-5 year old class. It was awesome, and they are so capable! I love seeing parents bring their little ones out on the slopes early! I had not heard of the wedge before, that is interesting!

    • THanks. I bet you had a great time. I’m just learning as we go. I know nothing:(

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