Good equipment is essential. Kids ski best on the
same equipment that adults use. Light wax-less skis are best for learning,
and they should be about the
same height as your child. Poles should come up to your child’s armpit.
If you don’t have your own, equipment can be rented as a fitted package
If you have a really little one, try a pulk! Child ski carriages come in lots of different shapes and sizes these days, and they make it easy and comfortable for moms and dads to get out on the trail while the little one takes an afternoon snooze. Pulks can be rented through the Methow Valley Ski School (above).
When the kids are ready for a change of pace, and you still feel like treating yourself to more skiing, offer them some winter fun up at Sun Mountain Lodge. On weekends and holidays throughout the winter, the afternoon ski school staff offers an afternoon program with kid-oriented ski lessons, sleigh rides, snowshoeing and ice skating, with all equipment included. Three hours for $48, ages 4-12.