In this video we will cover using an easy wedge to help brand new skiers maintain proper body position. We will also go over ski harnesses, which help when lifting a child up after a fall, getting them on the chairlift, and -- when used in conjunction with a leash -- keeping their speed under control.
A wedge is generally appropriate for toddlers and can be removed once they have a basic snowplow technique mastered. Older kids struggling to learn to snowplow may also benefit from using an easy wedge. Attaching an easy wedge to your child's skis is a very simple, tool-less process.
A ski harness is meant for very young kids. The biggest benefit to a ski harness is the handle on the shoulders to lift your child after he or she has fallen down or when getting on a chairlift. Since the chairlift is one of the most intimidating parts of a ski run for many new skiers, the added security of having a ski harness can make a big difference in giving your child the confidence to tackle the mountain.
You can also attach a leash to your child's ski harness to help control their speed if that is an issue. As they progress to more advanced terrain, a leash may give you the peace of mind to know that they won't get out of control.