Skiing Basics for Children

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional ski instructor Robin Shudak demonstrates the basics of skiing.

    Robin Shudak: Hi, I am Robin Shudak, an instructor at Sn Mountain. Today's lesson is how to teach your child to ski. Now let us learn to put on our skis. Now you want to separate them by lifting one over the other to unchain all the bindings. The last thing what you are going to do is help the children put on one ski at a time. So it is just like we did before; toe goes in first and then you push down and you can pretend that you are -- you can tell your child to pretend that they are stepping on a bug or just tell them to press down on their heel. We are going to put your ski on now. The first thing you want to do is put your toe in and then you want to press down on your ankle like you are squishing a bug. There you go. There is the first one. Now don't get too excited about putting on the second ski because we don't put on the second ski just yet. The first thing you might want to try are scooter drills and this is to make sure that the child is comfortable gliding around on the snow. So with the scooter drill, you put your hands up just like you are riding a scooter, bend at your knee and then you want to make sure that your calf is up touching the front of the boot. So you are down at your scooter position and then you glide. You are ready, and just glide. Flip your hands up, hands in front. After we have done the drills with one ski on either foot, it is time now for two skis. So let us get booted up and go to the top of the gentle grade. Now this is just like the scooter alright. Get your hands up, now you are going to take little baby steps, start gliding, just keep going down the hill. I will help you. You got your knees bent, okay, go. Next, instructors will show your child one of the most commonly used moves in skiing, it is called the Wedge or depending on the edge of the pizza. It could be used to slow down or to stop depending on the size of it. A small wedge can be used to slow down, a big wedge width about a foot between your knees and having your knees bent; it can be used to stop. The fundamental thing that you want to look for here are that your edges are pointed in, that your knees are bent and that your weight is forward. Jump up and make a wedge. Now what's important here is that Cassidy's tips are close together but they are not crossed and that her edges are leaning in slightly towards the snow. She has her shins leaning up against her boots, her knees are bent and she has her arms out still like she is riding the scooter. Now we are on to turning. When we are turning, we want to do a smaller pizza but turn one foot just a little bit more, from here how you do boot drills, well, it is just like pushing your heel out. You are going to push your heel out doing the pizza and you are going to turn. You still have your arms up, now I am pushing my right foot out a little more. Oh, keep those arms up. So that's it. How was it Cassidy? Cassidy: Fine.

    Robin Shudak: Good. I am glad you liked it. So that concludes this lesson.