Forums Tips & Questions Tips for Toddler Boarding
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  • #789030
    schwalbster
    321 Posts

    To the Snowboard Moms and Dads:
    Does anybody has some tips to get my boy on a board? He is 2 now and I think it’s time.
    He wasn’t totally in love with snow the first couple times we went, but I don’t think that means much. Generally he loves to be outside and active.

    Originally I thought skis first, now I’m not so sure. Maybe do the board right away!? He doesn’t like to put on all the gear and I think I’m better off just let him wear comfy shoes.
    I’m thinking just getting a Burton Riglet and start playing and worry about boots and bindings later.

    Any tips are appreciated!

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

    #789038
    Cbalke
    237 Posts

    With my kids, it was and is all about keeping it fun and keeping them warm and dry. If the opposite of any one of these occurred, they are done.

    I started one of mine on a snow skate and did it with sledding to mix up. I like the Burton cords which attach to the nose of the snowboard. I have not used one, but it looks like a great way to tow them around and get them sliding around. You could start him on skis but it’s not necessary, theres videos of 1 year old out there snowboarding now.

    #789039
    Jimy
    64 Posts

    @schwalbster, just to add to what @cbalke said, the Burton cord is called a Riglet Reel and it is designed to be used with their Youth Snowboards, although I am sure it could be used with any snowboard of appropriate size. And I don’t have kids, but I have taught plenty of them (even some using a riglet reel) and I will second the FUN, WARM, and DRY for success.

    knuckle dragger

    #789050
    schwalbster
    321 Posts

    Thanks for the tips guys!

    Whats the difference between a snow skate and a toddler snowboard?

    Looks like the Burton Riglet comes with the Riglet Reel: http://www.burton.com/default/burton-riglet-board-snowboard/W16-117591.html?cgid=youth-boards&start=7

    I like it because of it, so I can start towing him around, before I push him down a slope.
    @cbalke. Yes I saw it on TGR again. So cool!

    @Jimy. The kids you taught do they do it with bindings and boots? Another thing I thought was good with the Burton Riglet is that is has the EVA pad so he can just stand on it, but also inserts to add the bindings later. Just want to see if anybody says, strapping in is better or something?

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

    #789054
    Scooby2
    611 Posts

    I first put them on a cheap snow skate that they would straight line down a hill in my backyard. I screwed down a bicycle inner tube for each foot with small blocks of wood to keep their feet in. then I’d just throw them up on my shoulder and walk them back up as much as they wanted. Usually after a few goes they just want to sit on the board and sled which is great.

    Both my girls were able to get off the chair lift ( yes, I let them ride chairlifts) pretty well once the got on their kids boards at the resort (Brighton). The riglet boards are pretty good, when you drag them back up the hill (in bindings) they learn a lot of balance just as they do going down. It just takes a lot of one on one attention. Then you do falling leaf with them holding hands. then you have to walk with them not board when they are practicing toe side slips. If you have your board on, they will fall into the edge of your board (not safe) so you teach this one with you in boots and them on a board of course.

    Best of luck! I love the mittens with built in wrist guards and padded shorts. I also found that they were happier in skate helmets and said the harder foam ski helmets hurt their heads when they hit them in basic minor falls with any regularity. I think the snow helmet standard is kind of wrong, but that’s each parent’s call.

    #789057
    schwalbster
    321 Posts

    Good advice in there Scooby! Thanks!
    I assume it’ll be a while before I’m even anywhere close to taking him on a lift with him being only 2. But great future reference. Especially falling on my edge, that would be bad.
    And I will keep your advice in mind when I have to buy a helmet and gloves etc.

    After much research, experimentation and consideration, I have decided adulthood is not for me. Thank you for the opportunity.

    #789082
    Scooby2
    611 Posts

    Vaya little shwalbster!

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