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Old 04-10-2013, 07:27 PM
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teaching skis for a five year old?

I've been talking up how it might be fun to get towed behind the boat for a bit now, and he's warming up to the idea. So the question is, what sort of things should I look for as a teaching set of doubles for his size? He's around 40 lbs and around 3.5 feet tall. I'm looking for good used equipment. I've seen some that strap together (to maintain parallel orientation -- that's probably a good idea right? Anything else you guys can think of as well. . .
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:14 PM
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Last summer we taught my five year old son how to get up using an old-school bob-sked. I was able to find one on eBay earlier this winter and now my four year old daughter is excited for it. I let him get used to standing on it in the water while I held the front-end down. Once he was ready to be towed, I drug on the back and let go once he was ready for me to do so. He should be ready for the training skis that are tied together this summer.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:42 PM
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Last summer we taught my five year old son how to get up using an old-school bob-sked. I was able to find one on eBay earlier this winter and now my four year old daughter is excited for it. I let him get used to standing on it in the water while I held the front-end down. Once he was ready to be towed, I drug on the back and let go once he was ready for me to do so. He should be ready for the training skis that are tied together this summer.
That's my plan as well, I picked us a zip sled from east tx skier, my 5 yr old can't wait to try it out and start skiing like his big sister.
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Old 04-11-2013, 05:23 AM
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Started mine on something like this at 3

http://www.overtons.com/modperl/prod...1&merchID=4006

Went to this at 4

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Old 04-11-2013, 10:21 AM
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We started our now 8 year old on a zip sled/bob sked like the one pictured above at just over a year old (with dad dragging behind). He skied on HO trainer skis at age 3.5. He has been riding the kneeboard all over the place for the last two seasons and really wants to slalom this year. I'm pricing ski schools for us.
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Old 04-11-2013, 10:33 AM
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We started our now 8 year old on a zip sled/bob sked like the one pictured above at just over a year old (with dad dragging behind). He skied on HO trainer skis at age 3.5. He has been riding the kneeboard all over the place for the last two seasons and really wants to slalom this year. I'm pricing ski schools for us.
I would look into Coble Ski School, my be a little far for you but April is awesome with little kids. Heck I've seen her in the water on several occasions teaching kids how to ski, I even saw her jump in the water right before she was leaving for the airport for a pro event to teach someone to ski. Can't think of many pro's that would do that. She had my daughter slalom skiing by the age of 5.
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Okay I ordered the Gladiator. I think it might just do the trick for him. Next question. About how far behind the boat do you place your young skier? Obviously far enough to keep out of the CO zone. 30 feet or so? Or closer.
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