All children, but particularly young children, can sometimes find it hard to express their discomfort. This can turn a good day bad as their mood rapidly deteriorates, but this can be easily be avoided with the right gear, leading to happy kids and a longer day on the slopes for the whole family.
Here are the top ways that you can prepare children for maximum warmth, comfort and safety on the slopes:
1. Layers: Dressing correctly for skiing can be tricky as the temperature and the level of physical activity can change throughout the day. A large part of the day, particularly for children, involves waiting: waiting in line at ski school, waiting for the lift and sitting on the lift, or waiting on the slopes for their group. This means that a balance has to be achieved between wrapping them up and preventing them from overheating. Infants who are bundled in sleds and not yet mobile need extra layering as they are not generating as much body heat as the children who are playing or skiing. The layered approach is ideal for children. The base layer should ideally be a long sleeved t-shirt with either a high polyproline content, that can absorb moisture effectively, or Merino wool. Never use cotton. The Lukla base layer is perfect, designed with loads of child friendly features for ultimate comfort and style.
The fit should be tight enough to be close to the skin without constricting movement. Merino is a highly breathable fabric and great for temperature regulation, wicking moisture away from the body to keep the children dry, and also releasing body heat when too hot. It is also light-weight, and very soft and comfortable, as well as having anti-bacterial properties. Most importantly, Merino keeps its insulating properties even when damp.
The mid layer should be easily removable if the temperature changes or if the child is too warm. This layer traps heat close to the body and reinforces the base layer on cold days. A zipped mid-layer works well as it is easy to remove. Wool will pack down smaller and weigh less than fleece. The top layers should be breathable as well as wind and waterproof. Kids love to roll in the snow and during ski school and will often sit on the snow while waiting around.