Insider's Tip: Keep the feet warm
By Tammie Thompson
It's the dead of winter and that means freezing temperatures and a low sun keeping mountain peaks chilly. How do you keep your little ones warm?
The good news is that fabrics have gone techno is the last couple of years. You will find breathable material, wicking properties and lightweight fabrics. Worth the investment, these high tech fabrics really do work. Great for your body, but how do we keep those tootsies from being left out in the cold?
Unlimited budget? Go the boot heater route. Spendy, but you can transfer the heaters to next year's boot with little work. But heed this warning, if your child is like most, they may dislodge the battery pack in their snow exploits. Ouch.
Thrifty? Here are some less expensive ways to stay warm:
Proper socks: make sure you have good wicking socks so that moisture is not trapped. See our KidzStore to order online.
Room for circulation: Wiggle those fingers and toes. Make sure boots are not too small and cutting off circulation. Unbuckle boots when riding long lifts.
Give the feet a break: When you take a hot cocoa break, take off boots and warm those toes. You'll be surprised how warm the feet stay the rest of the day.
Keep feet dry: Kids will be tempted to walk around the lodge in their socks. The floor is often wet from snow, etc. Once wet, socks will freeze and stoy cold all day.
Cayenne Pepper: Sprinkle some on your toes and socks. Hours later, feel the heat. For best results make a paste of the pepper and apply before heading to the slopes.
Niacin: Also known as Vitamin B. Doctors prescribe heavier doses for frostbite victims, but standard Vitamin B helps.
Lambswool: Just a bit wrapped around the toes and fingers tends to keep the heat in.
Mittens: They work.
Wintergreen: Comes in liquid or cream to be applied to fingers and toes. Feels warm and smells good too!
Handwarmer packs: Shake them up and stay warm for a couple of hours. They make mini packs for inside mittens.
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