Our favorite shop always organizes Burton Riglet events, and you should look around to see if there are any shops or resorts by you that have one planned. It’s the perfect way to see if your children have any interest in snowboarding.
We went to one of these events, in the fall, to get the girls back into snowboarding mode. They loved playing in the park and kept asking when it would snow.
This season Emma was 4 and Sophie 2,5.
For us, it’s not so much about Snowboard vs. Ski but more Snowboard combined with Ski. Conrad and I are both snowboarders, but we also ski a little. I found a great deal on REI for the skis/boot/bindings for less $100, so we went for it.
To me, Snowboarding is a little more challenging to learn than skiing. All I was hoping for was to get the girls excited about snow sports. I never wanted to push snowboarding too much, especially since all of her friends were skiing or doing other winter sports. As long as they were happy being outside in the cold, I wanted them to try all winter sports, even if it was only sledding.
For the beginning of the season, my focus was more on snowboarding, since I knew that Emma was going to take ski lessons in France during Christmas. Snowboarding lessons are not an option at the ski resort close to my parent’s house.
I will talk more about Snowboarding vs. skiing soon in a new post.
I am really for the idea that the girls will be able to follow any friends (snwoboarder and skier) they want on the moutain and able to choose which sports they like to do best at that time.
Snowboarding looks to me a little more difficult to learn than skiing, I have seen so many 2,5y on skis but none on snowboard. So all I was hoping is that get Emma excited about snow sports. Not pushing her to much all the time about snowboarding but also enjoying ski ice skating and sledding.
For the beginning of the season I focused more into snowboarding. Emma will learn to ski in France.
I will talk more about Snowboarding vs ski soon in a new Post.
Sometimes the closest place are the best. It takes the stress of the drive away for the kids and for us parents. Drive isn’t the worse for us, the girls are pretty easy and use to be in their carseat, and when we are the 2 of us, Conrad will drive and I make sure that if the girls wants something I have it accessible to pass to them. On our first 3 seasons 90% of time it was me alone and the girls during these drives, stopping at every dropped water bottle or snacks or wahtever wasn’t an option for me. Any backyards, mini hills, playground can make for a fun moments snowboarding, and practice tricks and things that you will not at the mountains.
For little ones like mines were when we started, under 5, they love those days, we will alternate with sledding, some of their friends, non snowboarder would try, we would built small features, including snowman. It’s an easy access to the comfort of the house, for bathroom, Sophie was still in diapers when she started, for snacks, for breaks. Sophie wasnt a super fan of the cold when little and so she had the option to go back home while Emma could still play outside in the snow. The Playground had fun features, going down slides, inside tub, even just climbing, I alwasy had our snwoboards in the back and let the girls choose what we were doing. I also brought some mini ramps to builts small jumps at the local sledding hill. It all about the make it fun. So if you are looking to introduce your little ones to snowboarding, you do not need to much.
I have received a lot of emails and messages on how to start kids on snow and first I always ask back for your kids age. For kids under 5, It can be very , you don’t even need to know how to snowboard, you need a snowboard with a Riglet Reel or any kinda of leash to pull them around, they needs bindings and boots but even regular snowboots are enough, a helmet and their regular snow clothes.
That’s when I realized that one parent 2 kids under 5 situation was definitely going to be interesting.
Copper and Ruby Hill Denver
I have never been to the park before, so we all were trying something new
What I love about Winter Park