Heading off for a family ski trip? The correct kit can be the difference between a happy or disastrous ski holiday. Don’t jet off without checking out our must-have children’s ski wear from Ellis Brigham.
Slope safety is vital for both novice and advanced skiers of any age. Recent research estimated that around 600,000 people are injured each year from falls and slope-related incidents so it’s wise to protect yourself. it’s actually compulsory for children to wear a helmet in most resorts and rare to see adults without them. Look for those with the latest superior impact protection and adjustable fit systems so that you can adjust your helmet to your head shape and size. Some have mini airbags inside that can be inflated and delated for a great fit. The children’s ski helmet range from Ellis Brigham also offers protective hardware from various brands at various price points to give peace of mind to parents.
All About That Base
Never underestimate the importance of a good baselayer for those long days on the snow. Good thermals should work as hard as you on the slopes; keeping you warm when you cool down while wicking away excess sweat and allowing your skin to breathe. Prolonged exposure to cold weather can be miserable and challenging for younger children so layering up with mid layers and jackets is key, but always start with a good base. Cosy thermals are well worth the investment.
Where there’s snow and children, there are snowballs to be made! All too quickly, hands can get cold and painful so plump for performance gloves and mittens that offer waterproof materials such as Gore-Tex to keep hands high, dry and toasty. Mittens are better for younger children as they allow them to wriggle their fingers within which keeps their circulation going. Look for lofty insulation, thick liners and adjustable cuffs to keep out the cold and snow. Investing in such gloves will see you through your ski trip and winter alike.
There are several reasons to wear goggles when skiing. One is obviously to protect eyes from the harmful penetrating rays of the sun and the blinding glare of the snow on those blue sky days (this is especially important for young, vulnerable eyes). Goggles or ski specific sunglasses will also shield eyes from wind and keep vision sharp when negotiating the slopes at speed. Good quality eye protection will come with features such as anti-misting lenses and low profile frames for increased field of vision.
Nothing beats a little après after a good day on the slopes but make sure you have a good grip on proceedings. A combination of snow and dropping nightly temperatures can make for tricky going under foot. Throw gluhwein into the mix (strictly adults only!) and it can be a slippery slope. Snowboots with grippy soles will give you a better foothold and combined with insulating and waterproof linings, will put a spring in your weary step. There’s a good choice available for adults and kids.
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