What is an Edgie Wedgie and what does it do?
The Edgie Wedgie (or ski tip connector), is simply a rubber tube with clips on each end that keep your child’s ski tips together. The reason? Keeping the ski tips together aids in teaching a wedge, essential in stopping.
A secondary use is for those young ones who’s legs struggle to keep their skis together or under them. Just like the child ski harnesses, the Edgies [ as I shall call them for short] are just as controversial amongst parents. I’ve been on the slope before and had a mom say, “Oh well, I’d certainly NEVER put one on my kids skis…” as she cast a critical glance down at my son. She then added that a friend of a friend’s son broke his leg using one. Well, I don’t want to second guess this story, but I do wonder if perhaps the child’s leg would have broken without the Edgie too?
Many parents swear by the Edgie. And at this point, I might be one of the them because they have been nothing but wonderful for our boy, especially when he was three-years-old. Now our boy isn’t lacking in the strength department [ in fact he broke his first Edgie accidentally tripping over his edges, so maybe the quality of product could be better] but his attention to detail and overall ability to stay focused? Minimal. He used to get so distracted watching the tram dock one run over that he’d forget about his skis altogether. Tips would cross (or separate) and he’d face plant without realizing what went wrong.
Edgies can also be used my the parent/instructor to control the kid’s speed on easy terrain. With the parent skiing backwards in front of the child, the parent can “hook” or “push” a ski pole on the Edgie, controlling their speed and aiding in directional change on gentle terrain.
When should I NOT use one?
Well, as soon as your child is mastering their wedge, and is stopping on their own, I would try removing it. Give them a few tries at doing it on their own. My daughter dropped the Edgie shortly after getting the feel for the wedge. My son, who was younger, struggled to hold his wedge and used it longer.
Other than our son easily breaking his first one…they make transitions difficult. By that I mean walking up to the lift, shuffling the skis, getting up off the ground, side stepping, herringbone uphill – all pretty much impossible for the little guy or gal. Meaning more work for mom and dad. But that is all the more reason to take it off as soon as they are able.