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Westside Snow Report 11-19-16 | West Seattle Herald / White Center News Skip to Main Content Area Saturday, November 19, 2016 | Overcast, 53.6 °F search Letters Sign in Subscribe Contact Us Front Page News Features Sports Opinion Police Blotter West Seattle weighs in on potential impacts of Trump Administration By Lindsay Peyton Earlier in the week, students across Seattle ... Faculty demonstration at South Seattle College shows hard differences over teacher pay Faculty members of South Seattle College, supported by students, ... Westside-O-Rama West Seattle Entertainment Guide Admiral Theater 2343 California Ave. S.W. 938-3456 Movie ... Amanda's View: Addiction, face-to-face, part two: Tricks and triggers By Amanda Knox   I accelerated into the mostly empty parking ... Police blotter Week of 11-14-16 Robbery on 56th Avenue S.W. A woman residing on the 3200 block ... Sports Westside Snow Report 11-19-16 Sportswatch: For the week of Nov. 16-22 Kennedy girls soccer season ends Sports Roundup 11-8-16 Sportswatch: For the week of Nov. 9-15 Washington’s Ski Resorts, a guide by Mountain to Sound Outfitters Sports Roundup 11-1-16 Sports Roundup 10-30-16 Keeping Track: Where area stars meet their future Sports Roundup 10-28-16 Sports Roundup 10-24-16 Sportswatch For the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1 Sports Roundup 10-21-16 West Side Snow Report 10-21-16 Sports Roundup 10-18-16 Sportswatch: For the week of Oct. 19-25 West Side Snow Report 10-16-16 Wildcats dominate Seahawks 29-13 in Huling Bowl Saints come from behind to beat rivals Evergreen Lutheran Sports Roundup 10-7-16 WestSide Snow Report: Tis The Season Keeping Track: Where area stars meet their future Sports Roundup 10-1-16 Sports Roundup Sports Roundup Westside Snow Report 11-19-16 Tips and tricks for introducing young kids to winter sports. 11/19/2016 updated 3 hours ago Video By Greg Whittaker West Seattle is experiencing a baby boom. Everywhere you look you new families are out and about experiencing all that we have to offer. Our family has joined the West Seattle Soccer Club and it seems to be a good indicator of just how many kids are here, during the last 2 years the league has had a hard time getting coaches for all the 5-6 year old teams that are up and coming, and it seems there is a very young boom happening. So, these tips are for those of you who have little ones that are now out of diapers and ready to get up into the mountains. If you are new to skiing, introducing your kids into it can get you into a new lifetime sport. Having had a bit of experience with others and my own children, I have some great tips to help you make it worth your while as well as your kids while to get out and enjoy yourself in the mountains. It is important that you repeat the mantra “skiing and snowboarding is fun” throughout the day and to help facilitate that for you and your kids. This sometimes means more hot cocoa than skiing, but hey as long as you’re having fun with the kids, it will lead to years of fun experiences for the family. Those with a skiing family often choose to introduce little ones to the hill before they can walk. But generally, around the age of four or five, kids are able to start taking lessons or learn with the family and enjoy the experience. A good rule of thumb is if they are potty trained; they are ready to gear up. Whether you are starting off your kids at the age of 2 or 14 consider giving the kids a lesson, advice given by parents will often be better received by a person viewed as new and awesome. Since you will be in an extreme environment, we will start with clothing and gear. Goggles are the biggest key everyone. From the tiny one, who is either riding in the Baby Bjorn or riding along in the sled, to you the parent who won’t be able to function without vision. Get goggles for everyone. A kid with visibility will have a blast, whereas a miserable time will be had with rain, sleet and snow nailing you in the face and eyes without protection. I also outfitted my young children with helmets as big bumbling adults can fall on, step on or injure those not protected. Aside from that the obvious…gloves (a couple pairs as they get wet), base layers, mid layers, and outer layers. Gear that is needed can be found through your local shop, which we wrote about in October. ( To ski or to snowboard, that is the question… Mom and Dad are shredding boarders, so my kid will snowboard. Well, that’s one way to look at it. I have found that it’s pretty important to just have fun and get used to sliding. Kids with skis can walk around, and the first few days that’s all that really happens when they are young. There have also been studies that indicate hip problems for growing kids that snowboard daily, so if you’re going to go every day, look into that. That said I have good friends who have successfully lead their kids into snowboarding before the age of 4 and everyone had a blast and can ride. I generally recommend people start kids off skiing and move them to snowboarding when they have a good ability to control themselves getting on and off the lifts and can ride a chairlift alone. Some families also find that cross country (X/C) or nordic skiing is also a great way to get the family out. You can explore local trails and get you glide in without the crowds of a ski area. Think hiking in the snow. Younger kids can be pulled in sleds and still join for an adventure in the mountains. Gearing up is similar, so definitely visit your local shop to figure out how to get the most out of your time going up to the mountains. When you do decide to get the kids gear, go ahead and make the gear a part of the toy box, particularly the boots. Kids succeed when they can wear the gear around comfortably in the house are not introduced to a whole new world when they get to the mountains. It’s also important for the younger kids to play around on the skis on the carpet. Kids tend to lead with their head when walking, and it can lead to crossed skis and confusion. If your child can learn to lead with their tips/toes/feet and shuffle the turn on a carpet they are well on their way to figuring out how to get where they want to go in the snow. So the kids are now geared up and you’re ready to take them up to the snow to slide. My favorite tool for getting the smallest kids around in the mountains is the hula hoop. Seems weird, but this is a tool that help you out get the kids sliding without breaking your back. With the hoop held in front of you and wrapping around little Jonny/Suzie like a handle you can glide in a wedge down the hill with complete control of the floppiest little flopper. When the kid falls, simply picking them up and suspending them from the hoop can untangle skis that are pointed every which way. The hoop also can be used to pull a child up the hill when they have the ability to grip it, however the ones under 2 sometimes cant quite grasp the hoop. Some Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) trainers may disagree, but as a parent this tool has lead to many happy days as long as you don’t let them rely on it to stand, as they get strong enough to slide. Reports are we could be skiing as early as Thanksgiving Weekend, so the season is here. We encourage you to get your family up into the mountains to play in the snow, it gives kids experiences and skills that not every child is given and strengthens their connection to the planet we all share. We will continue this weekly discussion with suggestions on fitness, boot fitting, and other important subjects to help you get dialed in for the season. Here are links to local ski areas so you can visit their sites for the most up to date info. If you want to contribute, come by Mountain to Sound Outfitters and let us know how your trip was or feel free to post in the comment section. Who’s been to Whistler? Crystal Mountain Resort Summit at Snoqualmie Stevens Pass Mt. Baker Ski Area Mission Ridge Ski Area White Pass Ski Area Loup Loup Ski Bowl Make sure you check the WSDOT Pass Reports for driving conditions. Greg Whittaker is the owner of Mountain to Sound Outfitters your West Seattle ski, snowboard, kayak, and paddle board experts that can also rack out your car so you can carry all that gear that wont fit in your trunk. Photo gallery for this story We encourage our readers to comment. No registration is required. We ask that you keep your comments free of profanity and keep them civil. They are moderated and objectionable comments will be removed. View the discussion thread. 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