Manual Backcountry Kids

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We ask parents not to give instruction, coaching, or correction during class. Parents have the option to drop-off and pick-up their child or to wait in the couch area of the shop. Parents are not permitted to participate in the class or wander the floor. How do I sign up my kid? Fill out the form for a free intro Please leave this field empty.

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Jenay DeCaussin Jenay comes from Michigan where she grew up playing hockey. CrossFit Kids: Ages 5—7 This class is an hour in duration. A typical class would include: General warm-up Focus and skill work Wod Skills Additional skill work on advanced movements or weightlifting Mobility. CrossFit Teens: Ages 13—17 This class is an hour in duration.

Frequently Asked Questions. Imagine what it would be like for you to ski with 10kg of resistance on each foot. Equipement is the key for the kids to enjoy the backcountry. I geared my girls up with mini alpine touring setups, keeping their gear as light as possible. It helps to bolster enthusiasm and really improve the safety. Doing this does not require a second set of equipment to ski at the resorts.

Remember, light is right on both the ascent and descent. Nowadays, with the increase in popularity of backcountry skiing, there are a few more options. My girls started when they were 6 years old with regular ski boots, customized light touring bindings Silvretta Pure and light downhill skis. The weight was not perfect, and comfort and range of motion of the boots for skinning up were not optimal. However, as an introduction to short and easy slopes, it was good enough. We also tried some light adapters like Alpine Trekker for kids and it was OK, but a bit heavy and not comfortable because it made them stand a little too high on their skis.

The key equipment for keeping weights low and comfort high are the boots. Using real touring boots makes the biggest difference regarding comfort and weight considerations.

Touring boots with inserts for tec. Now, Heidi and Kiona can use the smallest skitouring boots allowing them to use tec bindings…. Compared to boots and bindings, the skis are the easiest parts of the equipment to find. Any kind of skis can be used, but lighter is better. Be sure they are good all terrain skis, so they will not sink in deep snow; furthermore, narrow skis make it next to impossible to make turns in variable depth and conditions.

Some parents may choose to take skis which are a bit shorter than usual, and these are good as long as you do not ski in deep snow. A few brands are offering little and light backcountry skis and even alpine touring skis. When we were finally able to find real alpine touring boots in size 22, it was a real game changer. We were then able to use light weight tec-bindings. Lightweight freeride skis for kids also arrived on the market, and this made them able to ski easier and happier.

What an improvement! Skinning up was easier, especially with the increase of range of motion and skiing was even more enjoyable because of the quality light skis for kids. For my girls, this is what we use:. They offer great control, response, and are lightweight. These setup are very efficient and we use the same equipment to ski at the resort, so they know their equipment well.


Helmets are another important piece of equipment as well as goggles and sunglasses. For the first trip, a beacon was not part of the equipment because I wanted them to focus only on technique and equipment. I must say, that for these first intro back country experiences we were far away from any avalanche terrain. Now, even if in non-avalanche terrain, we outfit the kids with beacons so they can progressively learn about mountain safety.

It is easy for kids to learn to use a transceiver. The new generation transceivers are very intuitive, and kids learn them very fast…it is just like a game for them.

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Light freeride skis, easy to ski in everykind of snow…and of course so fun in the pow. Keep in mind, it is all about fun, the primary goals of a backcountry ski trips are safety and fun.

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To achieve these goals, the supervising adult s should be very comfortable in backcountry terrain and in full control. Do not expose them to any kind of hazards. Trip planning is even more important than when you plan a trip for yourself. Do not leave any room for doubts and unknown parameters. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to be choosing appropriate terrain, compatible for those in your group.

Especially during the first experiences, choose very simple terrain with absolutely no hazards.

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In terms of technical and physical abilities, keep a very large safety margin. Of course, stay away from avalanche terrain and other traps.

Keep the slope under 30 degrees, stay away from areas which lie under steeper terrain above, far away from steep slopes and cliffs below you, and avoid sharp gullies. Be aware of direction of fall lines and a wide slope without any obstacle is perfect. Never go to an unknown place, and this also means never try a new route with your loved ones.

Always bring them to a place you already know well, which includes knowing where all the safe zones, threats, anchors, etc. Choose a visibly engaging and achievable route with immediate interests near the start point. Have an easy escape route in case something goes wrong. Immediate vicinity of a ski hill could be a good choice too.