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Does anyone know at what approximate age kids can pick up cross-country skiing? We really want to go and I would love for DD1 to be able to participate, but I don't know if that's too much to ask. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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IME -- many children, if properly motivated, can pick up these kind of skills as soon as there is proper equipment for their size. I have asked these questions and they aren't very helpful because there is an extremely wide range.<br><br>
But since she's not going to be as fast as you are for a long time, is it really going to help you out for her to learn? Wouldn't it be more typical for you to pull her on a sled while you skiid? Or teach her to drive some type of child's snowmobile?
 

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They're going to teach dd to do it at her preschool. I think 3 is the age you can start. I know in the LL Bean catalog as well their earliest x-c ski package is for ages 3 and up.<br><br>
But I also ditto the above post.
 

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We usually just pull our kids (5 1/2 and 3 1/2 yrs old) in a pulk sled when we x-c ski, though we might let them have a try if we can find rental equipment their size. I can't imagine that they'll be very successful though. They have trouble roller skating and iceskating and my older one usually gives up after one fall. Still... it might be fun for them to try on the equipment and spend a short time playing outside with it, but I'm not expecting much actual skiing.
 

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We took 4 yo dd on her very own skis for the first time last night! This was the first year our local ski shop had skis in her size. Before this we wore her (ages 0, 1, and 2) then last year we just did not go very much and hired a sitter because we could not afford a pulk sled.<br><br>
So on to last night. It was a rip-roaring success. She practically had a tantrum when it was time to go after 5 km!!!!! I think that there are lots of way to make it work for everyone if the child is really slow. Even with all dd did, she was still nowhere near fast enough for us. So we went on small loops and dh and I took turns lapping each other. Whoever was not lapping went with dd at her pace. By the time each of us had done one solo lap, dd was all the way to the end. Then we moved on to a new loop and repeated. Just stick to small loops. This way, dd skied 5 km, and dh and I both skied 5 km at dd's pace and 5 km at higher speeds.<br><br>
Also, dh and I are just getting into skate skiing (rather than classic). This season, while dd is going to be slower, is a great time for us to work on our skating skills.<br><br>
We found that dd did not need the poles and that they actually made things too difficult for the first time out. So we put them back in the car. Later that night we ran into a ski tigers coach (for 5yo+) and he said that they don't usually start them with poles for quite some time. We probably could have gotten by without even purchasing them.<br><br>
And speaking of purchasing...... Check with your local shops before ordering online. Ours has an initial "buy-in" of about $100 for a used ski package. Then every year we can size up whatever pieces she has outgrown for $5!!!!!<br><br>
And lastly, have you thought about snowshoeing? Dd has been snowshoeing since she was 2.5 yo and was quite quick right off the bat. She was able to shoe for up to one mile that first year.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But since she's not going to be as fast as you are for a long time, is it really going to help you out for her to learn? Wouldn't it be more typical for you to pull her on a sled while you skiid?</div>
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I suppose she would be quite slow to begin with, but honestly will it be that different from going on hikes with her? We are pretty used to going at her speed. Plus, DH has never been cross county skiing and it's been about 5 years for me, so we're not going to be super fast.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">They're going to teach dd to do it at her preschool. I think 3 is the age you can start. I know in the LL Bean catalog as well their earliest x-c ski package is for ages 3 and up.<br><br>
But I also ditto the above post.</div>
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I never thought to look at the LL Bean catalog! Thanks for the idea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We usually just pull our kids (5 1/2 and 3 1/2 yrs old) in a pulk sled when we x-c ski, though we might let them have a try if we can find rental equipment their size. I can't imagine that they'll be very successful though. They have trouble roller skating and iceskating and my older one usually gives up after one fall. Still... it might be fun for them to try on the equipment and spend a short time playing outside with it, but I'm not expecting much actual skiing.</div>
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Thanks, I will look into a sled.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">So on to last night. It was a rip-roaring success. She practically had a tantrum when it was time to go after 5 km!!!!! I think that there are lots of way to make it work for everyone if the child is really slow. Even with all dd did, she was still nowhere near fast enough for us. So we went on small loops and dh and I took turns lapping each other. Whoever was not lapping went with dd at her pace. By the time each of us had done one solo lap, dd was all the way to the end. Then we moved on to a new loop and repeated. Just stick to small loops. This way, dd skied 5 km, and dh and I both skied 5 km at dd's pace and 5 km at higher speeds...<br><br>
And speaking of purchasing...... Check with your local shops before ordering online. Ours has an initial "buy-in" of about $100 for a used ski package. Then every year we can size up whatever pieces she has outgrown for $5!!!!!<br><br>
And lastly, have you thought about snowshoeing? Dd has been snowshoeing since she was 2.5 yo and was quite quick right off the bat. She was able to shoe for up to one mile that first year.</div>
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Thanks for the suggestions! I will look into local shops. And I had never thought of snowshoeing! We will look into that as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Norwegians are born with skis on their feet! Or so the saying goes. Both my eldest started skiing when they were two and a few months. We still have the tiny skis in our cellar, ready for our 22 month old to try in a couple of months.<br><br>
Actually getting anywhere didn't really happen until they were about four, though. In the beginning it was mainly a matter of walking very slowly while holding mummy's hand or standing between mummys skis and being held down slight slopes. My daughter easily went on hikes og five kilometer and more when she was five.<br><br>
I have photos of myself skiing at three, wearing a lovely skisuit knitted by my mother. I can remember that I thought it was fairly difficult, though, and I was only walking around in our garden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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