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 top online retailers to buy now.
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. Discover our pick of the best below.
Salomon GROM Kids’ Helmet, £50
Salomon Husk Kids’ Helmet, £70
SMITH Kids’ Holt 2 Ski Helmet, now £34.97
Giro Crue MIPS Youth Helmet, £80
All About That Base
Never underestimate the importance of a good base layer 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.
Decathlon Kids’ Ski Base Ski Layer in Sky Blue, £14.99
Decathlon Kids’ Ski Base Layer in Green, £12.99
H&M THERMOLITE® Base Layer Set, £12
Icebreaker Merino Bodyfit 200 Oasis Kids’ Leggings, £44.99
A ski jacket is perhaps the most important aspects of your little one’s outfit to keep them from getting cold – and probably upset – particularly if you’re skiing around Christmas or February half term where it’s likely to be very chilly.
It’s worth investing – look out for waterproof, fully-lined jackets with water-repellent coating, ski pass pockets and insulating layers. Of course, the right kit is super-important – but looking good matters too!
Muddy Puddles Blizzard Ski Jacket, now £51
Muddy Puddles’ Blizzard Ski Jacket and Ski Salopettes are perfect for hitting the slopes this season! Waterproof and windproof, your little ones will be extra warm on their skiing adventures.
The Blizzard Ski Jacket is the ultimate companion for braving the cold and wet weather on the slopes or a snow-ball fight with friends! The thick, cosy fleece-lining adds extra insulation making it super snug for the coldest of winter days.
Colmar Kids Long Ski Jacket, $295
Colmar has designed key transitional accessories as part of their children’s ski accessories collection for both boys and girls. Warm knits in bold and subtle tones, carefully crafted beanies, and cosy neck warmers take the lead this season.
Roxy Girls Jet Ski Snow Jacket, £125
Dare 2BKids’ Glee II Ski Jacket in Khaki, now £50
Quicksilver The Edge Technical Snow Jacket, £160
Stella McCartney Spray Print Snow Jacket, £263
Raptor Kids Snow Pants in Petrol, now £29.99
Dare2be Kids’ Motive Waterproof Insulated Ski Pants in Geranium Pink, now £35.95
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 both your ski trip and the whole of winter.
Extreme Kids Waterproof Ski Gloves, now £14.99
Roxy Jetty Girls’ Mittens, £35
Poivre Blanc Embroidered Ski Gloves, £52
Helly Hansen Juniors’ Mittens, £35
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.
Bolle Youth Royal Goggles, £55
Bloc Small Fit Youth Goggles, £38
Salomon Kiwi Access Blue Kids’ Goggles, £30
Sinner Duck Mountain Kids Ski Goggles 4 – 8 yrs (Pink), £24.95
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.
Kids Junior Moon Boots in Silver, £83
Hunter Little Kids Insulated Snow Boots in Navy, £60
Sorel Kids’ Yoot Pac™ Nylon Snow Boot, £90
Caribou Junior Snow Boots, now £14.99
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