• Classic skis should reach just below the wrist of the skier's outstretched arm, with the camber suitable for classic skiing
• Skating skis should be 3-4 cm above the head of the skier, with a camber suitable for skating.
• Dual purpose skis should be a length mid-way between the length for a classic ski and a skating ski, but the camber must be determined by what is suitable for classic skiing.
• If the skis are not the correc
t length and camber the skier will have difficulty mastering the technical skills necessary to become competent in the sport.
• Poles must have adjustable straps
• Classic poles should reach under the arm when the skier is standing on the floor
• Skating poles should be the same height as the chin
• If poles are too long or too short, the skier will have difficulty mastering the technical skills necessary to become competent in the sport.
• For skiers old enough to participate in the skill development sessions, select bindings that will not rub in the track when the ski is on edge or when skating technique is used.
• Salomon and NNN are the two commonly used, suitable boot/binding systems. Both are good and equally functional, however, the Salomon binding system offers more of a variety, and is available from more distributors.
• Boots must be comfortable. If boots are too large, they will be awkward to ski in and if they are too constrictive, feet will not stay warm.
Whatever you do, don't settle for poor quality just because the price is right, or it's the only thing available. Keep looking until you get the equipment that will give your child good ski experiences.