Dress in layers to stay warm on the slopes.
Skiing is a fun winter sport for kids of all ages, but you have to dress correctly. Winter activities are a bummer if they end in a hot mess of tears over frozen toes. Dress your child in layers designed to keep him warm and dry, and be sure to keep his fingers, toes and nose covered, as kids are more susceptible to frostbite than adults.
1Dress him in long underwear to protect his legs and a turtleneck shirt. It's wise to start with a base layer that will keep your child dry and retain his body heat. Synthetic fabrics work best but avoid cotton fabrics, as they are poor insulators and can actually make your child feel colder when it gets wet.
2Add a second insulating layer to keep him warm. Fleece jackets and pants work best because they are lightweight, warm and can easily be shoved in a bag if he feels too warm during a long day of skiing.
3Put a third, waterproof layer over the top. Snow pants or bibs and a parka that covers the butt add some extra protection for learning skiers, who might be spending a lot of time sitting in the snow.
4Dress feet in wool socks to keep them warm and dry. Longer socks will keep his ankles from rubbing against the ski boots, which are designed to be worn snug.
5Cover little hands in waterproof gloves. He needs to be able to grip ski poles and manipulate errant skis, so make sure his gloves allow some movement. Since these are likely to be the first things to get wet, tuck an extra pair of gloves in his pockets.
6Top him off with layers to protect his head and face. Lightweight face masks or neck gaiters fit under helmets and provide some extra protection to cheeks, necks, chins, ears and noses. Look for synthetic fabrics to wick the moisture vapor from breathing in cold weather away from his skin.
7Add a helmet to protect his noggin.
8Strap the ski boots firmly around his ankles. Attach the skis to the boots when he is ready to hit the slopes.
- Call ahead to inquire about ski rental policies. Young children can outgrow boots before the snow melts, making renting boots and skis sometimes more economical.
- Check your child's fingers and nose periodically for signs of frostbite.
Things You'll Need
- Long underwear
- Fleece jacket
- Fleece pants
- Waterproof parka
- Snow pants or bibs
- Face mask or neck gaiter
- Wool socks
- Waterproof gloves