Ski Instructors have long advised that the optimum time to start ski school is when your child has started school, when they are more used to taking instruction and have more stamina. So if you are taking your toddler or child skiing this year for the first time it really is worth taking the Hobbledehoo Ski Harness and let them get used to wearing heavy skis and have fun on the nursey slopes. This helps you teach your children the basics of skiing. The skiing harness is great for both teaching your child to ski and practising what they have learnt in ski school in the afternoons.
A ski harness simply puts you firmly in control of their speed on a slope. You teach them how to stop and then once this is mastered you can start teaching them how to turn. The Hobbldehoo ski harness is invaluable as your children progress from relatively flat green nursery slopes to steeper blue runs and definitely builds their confidence on the increasingly harder runs. When a child falls over the harness with its front and back grab handles allows for ease of picking the child up and untangling their legs and skis without too much bending over by the adult.
I used a ski harness on my daughter when she was just over three years old and we started on plastic toddler skis on the nursery green slopes in Flaine, France. To start with I didn’t wear skis, just walked behind her controlling her speed and turning her (pull on the rein for the direction you want to turn) and its great fun and they learn instinctively how to position the skis and cope with the slippery nature of skis. The next year we hired real skis and did the same on piste on green runs and easy blues and taught her the snow plough. I felt confident that I was controlling the speed and when she fell, using the handle on the back was brilliant for lifting her up again. We had such fun learning and messing around - which is key to learning to love skiing.
I kept the harness on her as she progressed, but didn’t always attach the reins, only on steeper sections or when the runs became crowded. We carried on like this for a few years more, she started ski school in the morning and learnt to turn very quickly and then I used the ski trainer in the afternoons.
So in my experience, the main pros of using a ski harness is the speed control aspect, the handle on the back is great for saving your back when lifting them off the ground and while getting on and off the chair lifts and if they fall over!