Even if you’ve not taken your family skiing before, you know that it’s essential to keep your kids warm while they’re out and about in the frosty mountain air. It might be tempting to stay inside the chalet to keep everyone cosy, but actually when the mercury drops if you dress properly, take a few breaks, and keep everyone well hydrated, you and your children can have super ski days and stay dry and warm on the slopes!
The snow is usually awesome when it’s a bit colder outside, so it’s important to wrap up and get out there and make the most of it! Amamaya have put together 4 ways you can keep kids warm on your skiing trip…
1) Let’s get thermal
Base layers are the key to cosy ski wear. You’ll be wearing these all day, every day! For the kids, you need to steer clear of cotton or synthetic fibres – they retain moisture and can make kids cold. You want to dress them in natural fibres like merino wool. With its air-trapping qualities, when worn against the skin, merino helps regulate body temperature – so you’ll hear less “I’m too hot/cold, mummy”. An added bonus is that it’s also able to keep you warm when it gets wet, which makes it perfect for newbies falling over in the snow! Merino for the win!
So ideally you want to pop your kids in our super soft, itch-free and seam-free LUKLA base layer, designed with a longer body so there’ll be no cold tummies; and they’ve got natty thumb loops on the sleeve cuffs to stop them getting scrunched up under their ski jackets! You can add a pair of merino long johns for extra cosiness. Next, trap that warm air in with a KOSI hoodie or a gilet and, when you’re heading out, finish off with waterproof, windproof and breathable salopettes and a ski jacket – to keep all that lovely thermal warmth inside!
2) Cover up, buttercup
When it’s freezing temperatures, heat can be lost quickly from extremities and any skin exposure, so it’s important to keep covered up. Again, we recommend natural fibres, which will trap warm air to ensure your kids stay cosy. Hats, gloves or mittens and socks are all essentials for staying toasty on the slopes.
Let’s start with feet – this is an area where you don’t want layers (not unless your kids like blisters). Keeping feet warm should be easy with some soft merino wool ski socks, that fit snugly inside a good ski boot. There are toe warmers too if your child feels the cold more. Just make sure that the boots aren’t too tight because circulation needs to be good.
When it comes to hands, you can opt for mittens or gloves, but whichever you choose needs to be waterproof – soggy gloves make for cold little fingers. Make sure they’re well insulated and have a cosy, sweat-wicking lining for ultimate comfort.
And to top it all off, your kids will need to have their noggins kept warm. Those little dudes and dudettes can’t hit the slopes without a stylish yet practical piece of headwear, and what could be better than our cosy and super cool GOKYO hat? The merino wool in our hats is ideal for keeping their heads warm, but also allowing for temperature regulation. Another great buy is our JIRI snood. This is essentially a neck warmer (no tangled scarves here!), but it’s also brilliantly versatile and can be worn as a hat.
3) The Outside matters too
What your kids wear on the outer layer needs to be waterproof as well as windproof but being breathable allows the base layers to do their job properly too. The warm air created by the thermal layers needs to stay trapped inside, so your kids stay cosy on the slopes. You can find some brilliant, good value outerwear and kids’ ski boots at some high street outdoor shops, so these don’t have to break the bank.
You’ll want your mini skiers to have a comfortable pair of salopettes, which are high waisted, waterproof trousers with braces. If you pair these with an Amamaya merino base layer, the straps won’t rub their precious little shoulders. And a good ski jacket, with insulated padding, will keep the snow and wind out, but all the warmth in!
4) Fed and watered on the slopes
Cold, miserable – or poorly – children equals stressed-out parents, and no one wants that! There are several ways you can ensure everyone stays healthy and warm while they’re having fun in the snow. We’ve covered what to wear, and now it’s time to think about the body itself!
It’s super important that you keep your kids hydrated while you’re on your family skiing holiday. Staying hydrated is key to staying warm, and often when it’s cold, we don’t feel thirsty. So, have your children drink a decent sized glass of water first, before they inevitably gulp down the après-ski hot chocolate.
Feeding hungry little mouths regularly is also key, and many families take a small backpack containing hydrating sports drinks and a range of snacks with them onto the ski run. Cereal bars are a great source of energy to help your kids keep going for longer, and some fun-sized chocolate nibbles never fail to perk up smaller skiers.
Take a break – particularly when it’s very cold. Just a short break inside will give your child a chance to warm up again. Head into the lodge for a few minutes, unzip their jackets to allow the warm air to get in, and loosen their ski boots. In no time at all, you’ll all be toasty again and ready for another on the slopes. Don’t be afraid to let them rest for longer or call it a day if they’re exhausted – there’ll be more days for snow-filled fun!
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