Everything you need to ensure that your children are comfortable on the snow.

Buying ski wear for children can be expensive, especially if you're going on a ski holiday for the first time. You may want to borrow some of the items, especially with younger children who grow quickly. There are also several retailers, such as Decathlon and Aldi, who offer really good value ski clothing for children.

Jackets and Ski Pants

A good waterproof outer layer is essential, although you don’t have to spend a fortune on your children’s ski outfit. Ski Pants (also referred to as salopettes) with braces are good as they stop them from slipping down and letting snow in. 

Gloves 

A warm, waterproof pair of gloves or mittens that cover the wrists are essential. Mittens are generally warmer than gloves, plus they're easier to put on. Take a spare pair if you can, and make sure the wrist strap is attached to prevent gloves falling off on chairlifts.

Goggles

Goggles create a snow-proof seal around the eyes to protect from moisture and ultraviolet rays. They will stay securely in place during activity and also help to keep your child's face warm. Have a pair of sunglasses for your children when you sit outside for lunch/afternoon drinks. The strength of the sunlight reflected off the snow can be potentially harmful for young eyes, so it's important to look after them.

Thermals

Thermals are fantastic for providing warmth. Special 'wicking base layers' worn under ski clothes draw moisture away from the body, but you can also use tights or leggings to save cost. Many supermarkets now sell great value thermals as well as more specialist outdoor retailers such as Cotswold Outdoor, Ellis Brigham and Snow+Rock. Ski Club members receive various discounts for retailers.

Helmets

The Ski Club advises that all children under the age of 14 should wear a helmet. You can rent these in resort when you rent your ski equipment. Some tour operators provide them for free, and in certain resorts helmets are mandatory for children. Other resorts - including many in North America - have a requirement that all children in ski lessons wear helmets.

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Fleece

A fleece mid-layer gives extra level of insulation under ski clothes. On warm spring days a thermal and a ski jacket is often enough.

Buffs

A buff is a trademark name for a tube of fabric that can be worn in a variety of ways. When on the mountain they are ideal to wear around the neck, and then pull over the face like a balaclava to protect from windchill.

Snow Boots

These keep feet warm and dry when getting around in resort. If children travel in their snow boots it'll save space when packing.

Socks

Your children should have special ski socks that come up to their knees, often called tube socks, to keep their feet warm and secure in ski or snowboard boots. Make sure the socks don't slip down and rub on their shins.

Hats

Children will be wearing helmets when they are skiing but it's handy to take an extra hat for evenings out and non-skiing activities. Pack them in your hand luggage when travelling so they are handy for when you arrive in resort.

Sunscreen

The rays are very intense in the mountains and damage can occur quickly with the reflection from the snow. Always use a high factor cream, and remember that even on overcast days you can still burn.

Don't forget to check out Ski Club member discounts before buying any clothing or equipment for your children!

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