SKI-PAL Hoop Ski & Snowboard Trainer
SKI-PAL HoopSki & Snowboard Trainer

... 3 Stages of Use with a Tike on Skis

STAGE 1 - "Hitchhiking"

Both the child & the adult are inside the Ski-Pal. The adult is right up against the back of the child with very little, if any, space between them. This positioning is best used with kids under the age of 3 who are in need of maximum support because their tiny little legs get tired & weak very quickly! There is very little speed during this stage. In essence, the little tike is bumming a free ride off you down the slopes! This beats deserting them in day care all day. See our video page for a demonstration.

- Stage 1Tips -

  • Position the end of Ski-Pal with the protective padding at the child's belly button or waist.
  • Make sure child doesn't "hang" too much on the Ski-Pal.
  • We recommend using a "ski-tip" device on child's skis such as "Edgie Wedgie"

STAGE 2 - "Schooling"

This stage allows the adult to grant the child tiny "sips" of independence at will. While remaining inside the Ski-Pal, the adult gradually slides away from the child while in motion down the hill towards the back of the hoop. Unlike the harness, these brief "sips" of independence can given or taken away while in motion as nothing ever needs to be unclipped with the Ski-Pal! In this stage, we recommend the Ski-Pal be adjusted to its longer 49" length.

- Stage 2 Tips -

  • Encourage child to form a "piece of pizza", or a "wedge" shape with skis while in motion
  • Start to teach kids to shift weight to change direction.
  • Continue to use the "ski-tip" device. This will facilitate learning the above two tips

 

STAGE 3 - "Graduation"

  • The Ski-Pal remains at its longest length of 49". The adult is mostly positioned OUTSIDE the Ski-Pal during this stage, but can still "duck back inside" the hoop if needed. The device is nothing more than a "security blanket" in this stage because by now the child should be able to pretty much stop and turn on his/her own.
  • Even bigger "sips" of independence can be given to the child by simply removing the Ski-Pal from around them at any time while in motion, however, the adult should remain very close to the child. Should the student become frightened, simply put it around them again. All this can be done while on the go!

- Stage 3 Tips -

  • Watch our video and see all the possible uses when in this stage





Shipping Options

PORTABLE. The Ski-Pal easily breaks down to fit into the included nylon travel bag. Bring it along on your next family ski vacation!

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