Stylish skiwear for the kids

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The family ski trip's booked, the ski lessons arranged and ski hire sorted, now all that’s left to do is kit out the little ones. Whether you’re looking for a junior skier update or new togs for first timers, it’s important to style them up in warm, waterproof, breathable and durable ski gear. Here’s our guide to our fave functional, fashionable and fun skiwear buys, just for the kids.
Ski Jacket
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Ski Jacket

Ski Jacket

One of the key items in your children’s snow kit will be the anorak, mainly because it’ll get plenty of wear on and off the piste. Look to breathable, waterproof, windproof and insulated ski jackets and make sure they’re as light as humanly possible - you’ll want happy, warm snow bunnies not miserable, cold snow urchins. Hoods and faux fur trims add to the snuggle factor, and often they’re big enough to go over helmets providing an extra shield against arctic winds. For smaller children, invest in a jacket with a snow skirt - an internal belt that’ll keep the jacket close and secure - and internal sleeves that come over the hands to stop snow creeping in. For extra ease, make sure there’s a pocket on the sleeve for the lift pass to ensure a seamless entrance and exit each time. On the fashion front, bold bright colours and fun prints, like this multi-coloured animal print, will help you spot them from afar when they’re bombing down with friends.

Ski Goggles
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Ski Goggles

Ski Goggles

Goggles are the kids’ best friends out on the pistes. Great for protecting their peepers from the glaring sun, harmful UVA and UVB rays, snow blindness, wind and blizzards, they can be worn over a helmet for extra security, too.  A safer and more secure bet than sunglasses, it’s worth investing in a decent pair of goggles with polarised lenses that adapt to different weather conditions and work in any light. These Bolle goggles have all the hi-tech specs from fog-reducing vents and double thermal lenses to anti-fog and anti-scratch coatings. Just take your pick from crazy patterns and colours to ramp up the fun factor.

Salopettes
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Salopettes

Salopettes

All in ones aren’t the most practical choice for young children, especially if you consider the toilet breaks, so always steer towards trousers or salopettes. Aspiring mini boarders will prefer this look anyway. The issue of comfort can’t be stressed enough so whilst some children will prefer the extra security of the braces, they might equally irritate others. Try to find salopettes with detachable braces if possible to make everyone’s life a lot easier and hunt down styles with a lining that’ll keep  little legs toasty even when they’re falling about in the snow.

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Ski helmet

Ski helmet

Ski helmets are a wise investment and have become something of a fashion statement these days. However, unlike most kids' clothing that you buy a couple of sizes to allow for growth, a helmet must fit properly. Sizing is based on the circumference of your child’s head and should be measured just above the eyebrows. The helmet should fit snugly and there should be no space in between the head and lining. Once you've found the fit it's time to go wild with the style, from cartoon characters and graffiti prints to subtle floral patterns it’s an ideal way for kids to bring their personality to the slopes.

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Ski gloves

It’s the glove vs mitten debate. If your child is already using or plans to use ski poles we’d recommend gloves simply because they’ll ensure extra grip. However, little snow angels who want to hurl themselves down freely might prefer a mitten design because they’re often a touch warmer. If the cold is an issue make sure you invest in glove inners - a fine pair of thermal gloves that’ll provide an extra layer of heat beneath your sturdier ski gloves. 

Base layers
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Base layers

Base layers

We can’t emphasise the importance of a good set of thermals - two sets should be enough for a five-day trip. The ultimate second skin layers that’ll keep the most active kids warm and cosy throughout the day. Snap up a synthetic, long sleeved thermal top and long johns, which will retain heat by trapping air whilst drawing moisture away from the skin. So when they’ve been bombing around all day long they won’t feel the chill. Then wrap them up in a furry fleece or polo neck and ski jacket for a snuggly, hot water bottle effect.

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Ski socks

Ski socks

Thick cashmere socks won’t cut it on the slopes because they’ll slide right off! To prevent blisters, and ensure toasty and dry tootsies, breathable and correct-fitting ski socks are a must. They should feel like a second skin, not too loose and not too tight, cushioned on the sole and tall to lend extra comfort and support against tough ski boots. Only one pair of socks should be worn at one time so that they feel the floor through their boots and skis, thus maintaining control. That said, it might be worth carrying an extra pair in your rucksack just in case they get a little wet after a tumble.

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Snow boots

Snow boots

You might think your kids can get away with a pair of Uggs for apres ski, and they can if they don’t mind soggy feet and bruised bottoms. But ultimately, for snow boots to be snow boots, they need to be waterproof and slip-proof. There’s lots of brands that offer trend-led, super-cosy and sturdy soles with chunky rubber treads, but if you’re looking for extra style kudos for your kids, look no further than Sorel. The Canadian brand has been serving snow buddies since 1962 and with celebrity fans such as Kate Hudson, Elle Macpherson and Justin Timberlake we think they’ll be good enough for your prince or princess.

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