Young children should be in the care of an adult rather than an older child. If you are not skiing/boarding together, be sure they know where they can find you.
Clothing and equipment
Skis, boards, boots and bindings can be bought new or second hand but should be specifically made for children, not adapted for them. Equipment should be properly fitted by a reputable ski shop where the proper ski binding settings can be adjusted.
Warm, protective clothing should always be worn by children. The use of a helmet is recommended and may be mandatory at some resorts to take lessons. The advice regarding layers and materials referred to earlier apply even more so to children.
Dress to be seen
Make sure you are able to be seen ware high visibility clothing bright colours and/or reflective materials.
For more information about clothing and equipment requirements, click here to see the Food, Clothing & Equipment page.
Having a name tag in an obvious place (with ski lodge or home address and contact phone number) can help the Ski Patrol locate you should your child be lost or injured.
Ski and boarding lessons
Most ski and snowboarding schools provide special classes for young children. This is a great way for them to learn to ski or board. They are taught by instructors who are trained to teach children and they learn to ski or board with people their own age. As they become more experienced they can become involved in the more advanced programs available at most mountains.
Child carriers and backpacks
Children should not be piggy-backed in child carriers while skiing or boarding as there is an increased risk of hypothermia and frostbite to the child. There is also an increased risk of injury to both the skier/boarder and the child if the skier/boarder falls. Child backpacks are prohibited at some alpine resorts.