Skiing Clothes for Kids

Skiing Clothes for Kids
It's your child's first day on the slope. While this is exciting for both you and your child, it also means you have some work to do to get your child ready. Dressing a child is just like dressing an adult--only you'll be supervising. Begin with the concept of functional layering.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Begin with the right kind of base layer. Keep your child comfortable with a thin, close-fitting base layer that is smooth and soft against the skin. Check labels and eliminate any cotton from the skiing wardrobe. Look for long-sleeved shirts and long johns made from polyester blends and polypropylene. These materials will wick sweat and dry quickly, keeping your child warm.
Step 2
Now bundle your child up with a good, warm mid-layer. Continue to stay away from cotton when possible and use fleece, wool sweaters and turtlenecks to craft a mid-layer that's warm enough for the temperatures of the day. For colder days, use heavier fleece and jackets or multiple mid-layer shirts. On a warm spring day, use something lighter like a turtleneck or microfleece--you don't want your child overheating, either. On the bottom, a good pair of fleece sweat pants will keep your child's legs warm and comfy, or you may be able to just use the base layer and insulated ski pants for more moderate weather.
Step 3
Add a waterproof ski jacket and pants or a one-piece snowsuit. Make sure that the garments are waterproof to keep your child dry and comfortable all day. Jackets and pants should also add some insulation to further warm your child. Overalls are good for children as the pants stay up better and prevent snow from slipping inside.
Step 4
Get your child all the necessary skiing accessories. Heavy wicking wool or polyester socks are the first accessory. Dress your child in one pair of heavy socks as opposed to multiple thin socks. Waterproof ski gloves or mittens are the second (mittens are a little warmer, but may be frustrating for children when using their hands). A warm winter hat is always important--look for a hat with a fleece lining for extra warmth and comfort against the skin. Finally, give your child a scarf or neck gaiter if it is especially cold or windy.
Step 5
Don't forget ski goggles. The sun can get very bright and disorienting when it reflects off the snow--be sure your child has proper ski goggles. Finish the ensemble off with a ski helmet to protect your child's head. Helmets should be insulated and can often take the place of a hat.

Tips & Warnings

Don't forget the sunblock and lip protection. Even though it's cold, the sun is still bright and dangerous.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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