Skiing is great fun, but it can soon be turned into an activity that isn't as fun as it could be when you’re not comfortable due to poor preparation for the conditions.
Children especially need to be kept well looked after, or it could mess up their experience on the slopes. If the kids are happy, you’re far more likely to be happy, and there’s not much that’ll set off an understandable tantrum like being cold, wet and uncomfortable.
Luckily, we’ve got some handy top tips for you to take on board that will help keep your nippers (and you) warm, fuzzy and happy on your next ski trip.
If at all possible, get the little ones to try on some ski boots before you fly to the resort. Have them trot around a bit and make light of the situation so they can get a feeling for the boots as they can feel a little restrictive and unfamiliar. A little reassurance goes a long way, so use some humour, or play a game to make wearing ski boots associated with something to look forward to.
Whether you get to do the ski boot thing or not, it’s well worth grabbing some ski-specific socks and some sturdy waterproof gloves before you set off on your holiday. This will help your bit-sized skiers to enjoy nothing but conquering turns!
Layers are better than one thick jacket for keeping you warm, so keep the kids warm, comfy and happy with a set of moisture-wicking base layers. A base layer is great for offering additional warmth and removes moisture away from the skin too. Slip on a toasty little fleece and finish off by zipping them up in an insulated waterproof jacket and pants and they’re all set.
It’s becoming more common to see resorts only letting children out on the slopes to ski and snowboard if they’re wearing a helmet. It’s well worth buying one so that they’re comfortable and correctly fitting. You can rent, but they’re not always the best fit, and while they’ll be well looked after, you can’t be sure how many times other kids might have dropped them during their lunch stop, for example.
Hats and Gloves
Hat and gloves are pretty straightforward, but it’s worth remembering that you want to get some gloves that cover the wrist area and won’t leave any skin exposed. Mitts are a good shout too as they keep the fingers altogether nicely. Just ask any snowboarder how important that is for injury prevention – plus they’re easier to slip on too!
Applying sun cream is super important in the snow as the sun’s rays reflect off the snow, making the effects more intense. Grab a reliable, high factor sun cream and a pair of goggles that will adequately protect their eyes from snow, harmful UV rays and the wind.
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