Some of us love winter, especially the sight of everything covered in a layer of white, whereas others freeze up with just the thought of it. Not everyone is fond of the cold days, that’s certain, but if there’s one thing that can help you teach your kids to love winter, and the fun snow can bring, it’s skiing.
When learned in childhood, it can turn into the sport of a lifetime. Before you actually take them to the ski terrain parks and resorts, and begin with the training, you have to ensure they will stay warm by getting them the needed equipment, starting from a pair of specialised snow boot kids that’s water resistant, lightweight with a grip sole, and durable, to keep your bubs’ feet dry.
As for ski boots, the younger and inexperienced kids require something easy to put on like the rear-entry models. Since kids grow fast, you can save up by getting boots that are a bit bigger, allowing for the feet to grow, and at the same time aren’t too big so your child wouldn’t be able to use them properly.
As in the case with the snow boot kids need waterproof insulating jacket, preferably with a hood, and high-waist pants, to stay warm throughout the snow adventures, and moreover prevent snow from getting in through the waist or feet.
If the weather is colder, an additional layer of insulation such as longer underwear and fleece, is more than welcome. Flexible as they are, kids are still prone to falling, and though not every fall can be dangerous (like the fun of rolling in snow), they can get their hands wet which makes mittens, particularly waterproof, an essential piece of the ski gear.
To prevent injuries, knowing you can’t prevent some of the falls, the helmet is a must, and you can’t go wrong by choosing those with a custom-fit thanks to a design with adjustable harness. Though they may not make it to the priority list of most parents, the choice of socks, scarves, as well as goggles is equally important as the rest of the pieces of gear mentioned above.
Wool is the material you should be after for the socks and scarves, as for the sock size, it’s better to opt for that above the calf at least, if not longer. There’s no lack of options when it comes to goggles, but the all-condition type makes the best investment, with the yellow lenses being ideal for snowy days as they filter the brightness.
Last but not least, the ski poles are optional with beginners, because it’s more important to first be comfortable with the skis, then master the motions, like pizza, how to glide forward, slow down, and stop.