Keeping children cosy in the snow is extremely important. Little ones won't hold back telling you they're fed up when the cold hits, so here are our recommended ski clothes for kids
Buying ski wear for children can be expensive, especially if you're going on a ski holiday for the first time. It is important to have the right kit though, to keep little ones safe from sub zero temperatures and help them enjoy snowsports. 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.
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 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 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.
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.