Thanks for these tips. I love the idea of making it fun for them and quit while you are ahead and they are still having fun so they come back.
I've had a Google Pocket for years. Got a new one after they improved the design to use at Massanutten. Never thought about using it for RFID though. Certainly makes good sense.I have a clear pass holder that snaps onto my goggle strap, I think I’ve seen kids at Sunday River with them on as well.
Many of the lifts in St Anton have conveyor loading. Makes life easier (and I guess safer) for everyone!Since I spent a couple weekends in January with my friend's little ones (ages 4 and 6) who were skiing for the first time, wondering what tips we can collect together for skiing with young kids. In particular, kids who can ski unassisted but are young enough that they are always skiing with an adult.
Ran across a video series out of the UK that includes one with basic advice for parents of young kids who are learning to ski. Talks about the best way to load a chairlift when the kid is small enough to need help.
Happens to be at a ski resort with conveyor loading. Massanutten installed conveyor loading for their beginner lifts in recent years. Alta added it for the Supreme lift. Definitely makes it easier for parents skiing with younger kids, as well as adult beginners. Have you run across conveyor loading? If so, what ski area?
Welcome! I assume you live pretty far north so that there is always snow on the ground deep enough for a sled during the ski season. What's your home mountain?One tip I have, but it's more of a hack (sorry didn't see if anyone mentioned this) but to bring a sled for the gear. We use a sled that we back the kids and the gear into so we can literally drag them to the lifts/chalet.
We have "Liftie" goggle pass holders (https://theliftie.com) for our non-RFID passes. They work great. It would also work for RFID assuming your head is the right height for the scanner. I was super annoyed when we had RFID tickets and my son was too short for it to work in his pocket. I think we ended up sticking it in his mitten. Now he has a jacket with the pocket in the sleeve in the event we encounter that again.The Goggle Pocket is still around. The design was changed a few years ago so that the pass clips in instead of being inside plastic. The idea is that scanners do better without a layer of clear plastic over the pass. Also the plastic didn't last that long. I've managed to keep mine intact enough for almost 10 years, but will be getting a new one soon to use at my home mountain.
Most of the destination resorts I use Ikon at are using RFID. But the Goggle Pocket could still be useful where RFID hasn't been implemented yet.