TIP – DRESS for Success
BY Tammie Thompson
It’s easy to hit the discount store for those winter snow clothes, but do your homework, it will save you time, energy and money in the long run. Think of clothing as part of your total ski adventure investment (lift ticket, ski school, lodging, meals, transportation). Don’t let poor clothing ruin a day out on the slopes.
When buying skiwear (snowplay or snowboard clothes), look for fabric that has the highest water resistance rating possible – that also includes breathability. A rubber raincoat like we wore to school may pass the waterproof test, but will leave your child hot and sweaty, and ultimately colder in the long run.
Look for a high collar that can be zipped up over the chin – fleece lined is an extra plus. Look for sleeves that have adjustable cuffs to fit over mittens. I-Grow or similar features for arm and leg cuffs are worth searching for. It is not unusual for a child to grow an inch or two over the winter. On Obermeyer’s I-Grow, you simply let out a thread and you gain a couple of valuable inches in length, often extending the life of the product an extra season.
Hoods are nice for non-ski/snowboard snow activities, but can hinder movement and fill with snow when the child is skiing or riding with a helmet (and they always should). Look for zip off hoods that extend the use of the product.
Prices have come down on quality skiwear for kids. If price is an issue, don’t shy away from used clothing via EBay or local ski swaps. Oftentimes you can come across almost new skiwear that a family used for a one week vacation to the Rockies. If the used skiwear has been washed frequently it may have lost its waterproofing. Try some Nikwax to reintroduce waterproofing. You can pick up some at a ski specialty or sporting goods store.
Under your child’s waterproof jacket, think layers. A breathable base layer, followed by a lightweight fleece or sweater should get you through the day. Under pants, choose long johns, and don’t forget a good ski sock. There’s nothing worse than bunching socks to ruin a day.
Complete your ensemble with quality goggles (stay on better than sun glasses), neck gaiter for warmth, helmet (make sure it fits properly), and gloves or mittens. Don’t forget to pack the pockets with plenty of healthy snacks!
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