THE PIZZA WEDGE: OR HOW CHILDREN LEARN TO SKI THESE DAYS

The “snow plough” has long since done its time – these days, children learn the “pizza wedge”. Our expert, Christian Pöll from the Silvretta Galtür Ski School, tells us what else goes on on the baby slopes, where children learn to ski.

Start slowly, don’t overload the children – and do everything possible to make being in the snow and on skis fun. That’s what kids’ ski courses are all about these days, summarized in a few words. So says our expert, Christian Pöll from the Silvretta Galtür Ski School, and Christian knows what he’s talking about: he’s been a ski and snowboard instructor for 20 years, and in charge of the little ones for three years.

Or in charge of teaching them to ski.

How do you do it? It might not have changed drastically over the years (keep your skis together in front of you, keep them apart behind you, hands on your knees and then press the outer knee inwards on the turns – Ed.), but there are some pretty cool learning aids around now.

Every children’s ski school worthy of the name now has small snow balance bikes, for example, which the kids can ride down the slope. Christian: “It’s really great fun for them. And if they sitting on one of the bikes, it’s really hard to get them off again.”

The basic equipment for a children’s ski school these days also includes steering wheels (which the children rotate whilst they’re turning), different ropes and bands (which distract the children), and, as the special highlight, pizza wedges. This is one thing that actually has changed over the years: if you start skiing today, you won’t do a snow plough any more when you want to brake, you’ll do a pizza wedge instead. It’s more international – and people who don’t know what a snow plough is because they don’t have enough snow do know what a pizza is. These foam pizza slices are fastened between the skis and the children are then pretty much always in the correct position.

And if that doesn’t help either, at least it looks cute.