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Crystal Mountain – Ron Shepard offers some tips to help get the kids on the slopes

Ron Shepard, Snowsports Director at Crystal Mountain Resort offers the following information:


Exercises, Games, Drills:
Begin with games and outings with easily attained goals or destinations.
Gain awareness of what feet are doing inside before going outside.
Take your kids to the Roller Rink for practice. Skiing has similar movements.
Side step up & down on stairs.
For snowboarders, stand on a cushion with the snowboard to feel the sensation of moving back and forth on the board.
Pick up boot rentals the night before so kids can walk around in them.

Nutrition & Sleep:
Make sure kids get a good night’s sleep so they have energy for the long day of skiing.
Eat carbohydrates the night before, but the morning of skiing focus more on protein & Vitamin C.
Hydration is key! Drink lots of liquid so kids are energized.
Bring trail-mix and/or granola bars on the slopes in case kids get hungry.

Kids will learn faster with equipment that fits.
Many resorts rent equipment for kids.
But if purchasing clothing, look for fabric that is water and wind-resistant, look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and deep pockets.

Other items to consider:
Ski Helmets – Make sure the helmet fits correctly and wear the helmet without a hat underneath.

Dress in layers – Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature: Polypropylene underware (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm, then wear a turtleneck, sweater and waterproof jacket.

Mittens are better for younger kids, non-cotton material.

Wear sunscreen! Even on cloudy days, the sun reflecting on the mountain can cause sunburns.

Always wear eye protection glasses or goggles.

Video Courtesy of WGN-TV – Chicago

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