A Guide for Safe and Enjoyable Experiences
Including the youngest family members in a skiing trip doesn’t have to be complicated. By using a sled, children can become part of the winter fun. However, before embarking on the trip, it’s important to consider some key factors that can contribute to making the journey safe and comfortable.
- When is the child old enough for skiing with a sled?
- Children who are 6 months old are considered suitable for sled skiing. Before this age, their backs and necks may be too weak, making them more susceptible to cooling. Start cautiously with short trips to allow the child to get used to the sled. It’s advisable to have a companion to keep an eye on the child. Let them explore the sled at home before the first trip.
- Important! These recommendations are based on evaluation from the Norwegian Red Cross, and is a guideline for Norwegian parents. This may differ and we recommend asking local doctors or guidelines what is recommended for you.
- Safety and control during the trip:
- Choose routes and terrain carefully to maintain control. Maintain a steady and calm pace when pulling the sled. When going downhill the sled will push you, so always start gently on slopes. You can also use a rope behind the sled so a companion can hold back in descents or provide support in sideways movements.
- Focus on the child’s well-being:
- Frequent breaks, adjusting clothing, and varying sitting positions are important. Let the child step out of the sled occasionally to stretch their legs. Ensure the child doesn’t get bored sitting behind for hours. Bring toys, plenty of food, and warm drinks.
- Comfort equipment for the trip:
- Pack extra items to make the trip more comfortable, such as mats, wool blankets, warm clothes, firewood, reading material, food, and drinks. Make sure the child is well dressed and has sunglasses for extra protection.
- Protection against cold and sun:
- Apply cold or sun cream to the child as needed. Sunglasses are important as reflected light from the snow can be harmful. Also, ensure the child is well dressed and protected from cold and sun, and that the sled offers sun shading and UV protection in materials.
- Play breaks and simplification during the trip:
- Take breaks for play even when the children are a bit older. Adjust clothing according to the child’s activity level.
- Focus on sled performance and shock absorption:
- Maintenance and cleaning of the sled can improve its performance and the overall experience. Make sure all equipment is with you when you leave home. There’s nothing more irritating than missing a ski boot or the sled harness upon arrival.
- Additional considerations and general tips for safe use:
- Pay attention to weather conditions and the child’s well-being. Ideally, have two people in the group and be observant of the child’s comfort. Ensure the sled is in good condition before use, and make sure the safety belt is properly tight.
Taking children on a skiing trip in a sled can be a fantastic experience for the whole family when considering the child’s safety and well-being. Plan and prepare well, and enjoy the beautiful winter together!
What should I consider when choosing a sled?
- Check for sturdy safety features like reliable stability, a rollover bar, and a safety belt to ensure the child’s safety. Consider the quality of the materials and construction for stability and durability.
- Prioritize sleds with comfortable seats, adjustable options, and padding to ensure a comfortable experience for the child. Easy access and the ability to vary the sitting position are important.
- Assess a sled’s maneuverability on different terrains and under various conditions based on your needs. Ease of pulling the sled and control on slopes and descents are important.
- Insulation and protection:
- Ensure the sled provides good insulation against cold and weather. Does the product provide enough protection against weather and wind?
- Accessories and features:
- Investigate if the sled has useful features and accessories for various needs, such as air vents, extra storage space, adjustability, space for two children, and more. Look for a sled that covers the needs throughout the early childhood phase.
- Quality and price:
- Assess the quality in relation to the price. A sturdy sled doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive, so read reviews and ratings to ensure it meets your reliability and durability requirements.
- Transport and storage:
- For car transport, it’s important to check that the sled fits in the trunk. Consider the dimensions before buying. Regarding storage, assess whether there’s enough space in the shed or garage. Measure the storage area and compare it with the sled’s size to ensure easy and practical storage. It’s important to store the sled properly to preserve its condition and durability over time.