There's nothing more exciting than getting your toddler started skiing. Being part of the family ski vacation can be one of their most memorable occasions - or their worst, so start out with a few hints that will make your child's skiing experience fun and something they'll want to do again and again.

For the sake of discussion, we'll assume that a toddler is a child between the ages of 3 to 4 years old. At that age, their skiing goals are simple: be able to stand up, walk and glide on skis. Nothing more, nothing less. To insure that they get that far, be sure that they're dressed appropriately and have warm, comfortable boots. Don't worry about getting a perfect fit. That will come later.

Get your child fitted for skis by a professional in a reputable ski shop. Toddler ski lengths usually range from 67cm to 88cm. Most skis at this length will be surprisingly stiff with a lot of sidecut, but don't let that fool you. Their design is relatively simple, with main purpose to stand up to the abuse that 3-year-olds will be putting on their skis as they clomp around on the snow, playing snow games with the other kids.

Once they're able to walk and move around easily on their own, usually during their second year of skiing, you may want to invest in an "edgy wedgy." An edgy wedgy is an indispensible accessory that is made from a short, stout piece of rubber tubing, with a thumbscrew on each end. The wedgy attaches to the tips of the toddler's skis with the thumbscrew so that they can ski in a wedge like the big kids, without worrying about controlling their ski position. In no time, they'll be skiing in a pizza position, just like mommy and daddy.