Thermal Protection: How to Properly Dress Your Kids for the Slopes
While taking your kids along on a skiing trip may seem fun at first, it can also be stressful unless you’re properly prepared. After all, up on the slopes the conditions aren’t exactly pleasant. So, unless you dress your kids the right way, you will be hearing “I’m cold” and “My feet hurt” all day long. To ensure that your children stay comfortable and protected, it’s important to provide them with the right thermal wear. Here’s a quick guide to all the essential kids thermal layers needed for your little ones to enjoy the snow safely.
Although you may think what your kids wear underneath isn’t so important, up on the mountains the choice of base layer can make a big difference. The purpose of the base layer is to provide additional insulation and wick away the moisture from the skin. The base layer consists of thermal underwear, socks, and thermal leggings or pants and jumpers. Base kids thermal layers and underwear can be made from regular wool, merino wool or synthetic fabrics such as polyester. Although they offer more warmth, wool layers can take longer to dry, whereas synthetic blends of polypropylene are fast-drying. Depending on how cold it is, you can choose between lightweight, mid-weight and heavy-weight layers.
When it comes to the outer layer, there are two types to choose from: a shell and pants combo, or a one-piece suit. One-piece suits are usually a convenient choice for people who want to pack lightly. However, an outer layer of shell and pants is easier to put on and take off, whereas a suit can present a challenge, especially when the child needs to use the bathroom. A combination of shell and pants also growth potential – you can always get bigger ones and have them tailored only to let the hems as kids grow. Regardless of what type of outer layer you choose, it’s essential that it’s waterproof, windproof and offers utmost insulation. Materials such as Primaloft, Thinsulate and Omni-Heat are some of the best when it comes to keeping children warm and dry.
Mittens and Head Masks
To keep their hands toasty warm, you need to choose thermal mittens that are water-resistant. As gloves can be complicated to put on for younger kids, mittens are the preferred choice. Look for ones that have a wide gusset making them easier to take on and off. Mittens that are longer can go over the sleeves, preventing snow from getting in. In addition, balaclavas can protect exposed necks and faces. But if your child finds wearing a balaclava uncomfortable, a combination of a neck warmer and a beanie is also a great choice.