Once back at the magic carpet or chair lift, parents can easily flip the Slope Ropes over the kid’s heads. Wrap the rope around the handles and tuck it away for the next run!
I personally find the Slope Ropes a simple way to teach my daughter not only how to stop, but also how to turn to stop. Now that she is skiing on her own she has gone straight from the Slope Ropes to turning while making her pizza to stop. (The technical ski school term for this is Wedge Christie.)
Another advantage of using the Slope Ropes is that it gives you the ability to tow your young kids through flat terrain. Bunny hills can be notoriously flat, to the point where younger kids can get stuck. Before toddlers can shuffle through flat areas at the ski resort they will need your help to get where they need to go. To give your toddler a tow using the Slope Ropes, hold the handle and either place the handle on their lower back (this works best for very young toddlers) or have your child hold the handle as you skate them through the flat terrain."
Instead of teaching our toddlers the wrong way to ski, we use a teaching tool that works with their body to put them in the correct skiing position from the get-go. The Slope Ropes is a rope with two plastic sticks. One side is for the parent to hold. The other side goes around your toddler’s waist. This simple device pulls the toddler’s hips slightly back while keeping their upper body straight.
Bonus: It also works well to tow your kids around the mountain! Have them hold on like they’re holding reins and you skate in front of them while pulling your toddler or kid through flat areas. Heck, you could even use one to help a snowboarding buddy out! The Slope Ropes is easily stowed in your coat when you’re on the lift, or when you’re giving your toddler the freedom to practice independently."
Then came the introduction of the Slope Ropes to my son. Well, he LOVED THEM. He calls them “my ropes”. So selling the concept wasn’t a hard deal to do, now it was time to test them out. I first started with walking behind him on the bunny hill while he got used to the rope. After 1 run on the bunny hill, it was clear that the we were ready for the board. Having him hold on to the ropes vs. being set up with a harness, means he was learning how to carry his own weight and getting stronger with his balance.
What I love about the Slope Ropes is that I can hold them with 1 hand. The other versions of ski harnesses usually have two parent ropes, which yes could be held with 1 hand but it’s a lot to manage. (Trust me, I’ve tried it)."
"Slope ropes is for people who are learning to ski, designed with children in mind. From the first timer, to kids who are trying more advanced hills for their first times. The design helps teach proper form and allows enough movement for the child to learn correct turning techniques. As much as it is for the kids, it’s also for the parents! An easy way to keep your children near you and in control on the slopes!
MTN Town Magazine Winter/Spring 2018
02/04/2018 - Page 32
"One set of handles is for the parent or instructor, who skis outside the loop. The other handle is for the child, who skis inside the loop with the handle at his or her waist. This reinforces a forward stance, because if the child leans backward, the ropes will fall.
Slope Ropes expand the circle provided by a hula hoop, while giving parents some control over their child’s speed and direction. The rope is also helpful for pulling kids across flats."
"Slope Ropes are an ultra simple product to guide novice skiers through their first steps of learning, providing an easy way to get up hill for short repetitions for the little ones and a controlled way to get down hill to keep them safe. Honestly I think the bold design and colors is what sells them. Kids like bright fun stuff and moms and dads like seeing their kids."
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"Any parent tasked with teaching their children how to ski will tell you how difficult it can be. Trying to ski backwards while guiding your child down the hill is taxing, not to mention uncomfortable. Slope Ropes aims to eliminate that problem. Slip the tow rope around your child's waist and hold the other end in your hand. Stand behind them and guide them as they make their way down..."
Durham Parent: How to Teach Your Kid to Ski
"For Ms. Kelderman and Hannah, going down the hill was a little tricky, admittedly, and they were initially using a hula hoop to help the youngster steer. When Ms. Kelderman switched over to Slope Ropes, they found it a breeze to help Hannah steer and keep her in control. They used a skipping rope for Hannah's first time skiing, but by the end of their lesson, they were hooked on Slope Ropes..."
Durham Parent: Slope Ropes
"Sean Dempsey had tried everything he could think of to help his children learn to ski. From expensive back harnesses to hula hoops to steering the child down the hill between the legs, he knew there had to be an easier way to train his kids to ski using the proper form..."
Snowsports Industry Association SnowShow: Wish List
"Lap after lap, skiing with the kids just got a whole lot easier with this debut learn-to-ski aid: Slope Ropes. The simple (yet groundbreaking) newbie-skier device is a new-fashioned hula-hoop. No harness. No leash. Handle in hand, parents can provide gentle guidance through the turns, speed checks and pulls on the flats. The rope rests at the child's waist, with the goal of not introducing bad posture backaches - for the parent or the kid..."
City Parent: Cool Stuff for Kids
"Dubbed the easiest way kids learn to ski, Slope Ropes provide them with the thrill of actually skiing. The product enables a teacher to gently guide a child’s movement without restrictive harnesses or leashes. Parents like them because they don’t spend the day bending over..."