If you're off on a family ski holiday this winter, now is the perfect time to start planning and gathering your ski wear. Here, Steve Cochrane, Managing Director of Childrenswardrobe, gives his top tips to help you decide what to pack for your child's first ski holiday.
Skiing can be great fun for children. It's a chance to play in the snow, make new friends, and learn a new skill. With most ski resorts in Scandinavia now already open, you might have already planned a family ski trip to Norway, Sweden or Finland!
To help figure out what clothing you need to take to keep your little ones warm and dry, I'll be going through the essential items you'll need to pack for your child's first ski holiday.
What clothing does my child need?
Depending on how long your trip will last, your child will need plenty of outfits to change into. They'll need clothing to keep them warm and dry when out on the slopes, and a few other outfits for the evenings and any other events you have planned.
Although you'll be out all day in the snow and cold, all the skiing can make your little ones surprisingly warm, especially if the sun is shining too! It's better to have a few thin layers that can be removed easily, rather than one thick layer. For a ski outfit, your child will need:
- Thin, thermal tops as base layers;
- A couple of fleeces to wear as mid-layers;
- Waterproof and breathable salopettes;
- A breathable, waterproof coat or all-in-one;
- Thick socks;
- Gloves or mitts;
- A helmet
You can usually hire ski boots at the resort - this usually a better option for young children as their feet can quickly outgrow them.
After a busy day on the slopes, you'll probably want to go out for an evening meal or spend some time together playing in the snow. Sturdy footwear and some extra jumpers and hoodies will help keep your little ones warm and toasty. If they're going to be sitting indoors, it's worth packing a pair of jeans for your children to wear. But remember, these aren't waterproof so shouldn’t be worn for those big snowball fights!
What kind of materials are best?
When choosing clothing for skiing, you'll need to be wise to the kinds of materials you go for. You'll want them to be insulating enough to keep your little ones warm while out in the snow, but breathable enough to wick away any moisture. Look for materials that have both of these properties like merino wool, nylon or polyester. I'd advise against wearing pure wool or cotton though - it may be warm, but it can also absorb moisture and make your little ones uncomfortable.
When is the best time of the year to buy ski clothes?
When it comes to buying clothing for a ski holiday, it's often better to buy out of season for specialist gear (like helmets) as places often drop their prices to get rid of old stock around September—December. However, when it comes to buying mid-layers, socks, coats, hats and gloves, you can usually buy these at any point during the winter. You may want to aim for the start of autumn or winter though, to make sure you've got plenty of choice.