Ski Wear for Kids

January 27, 2010

Daily Digest

Ski Wear for Kids

Today’s episode  if Ski Wear for Kids is inspired by my nephews and nieces Luca, Finn, Oscar, Anna, Molly and Chiara who were skiing in Austria earlier this month.

I wish I could be as fearless on the slopes as them (there’s no helping my technique at this stage) so instead I’m sticking to looking good on the slopes, catching up with friends over gluwein and participating in the après ski shenanigans.

I don’t know much about this subject as children’s wear is not a specialty,  so I turned to my sister Carmel, who is an expert in the field.

Firstly, Carmel highly recommends Eskeez’ base layers (for tops, shorts and trousers) for her kids ski essentials. Eskeez use very fine wicking fleece-lined material which is used base layer for under a snow suit. The great thing about these base layers is that you can double-up on their use and wear under rugby or football shirts during winter.

Considering the floods and other wet weather extremities of late, you might also want to check out check out Puddleducks, an Irish company who specialise in Waterproof Dungarees from Sweden, waterproof clothing, fleeces and rain gear children up to 14 years old (and, if you want to join them, waterproofs for adults too).

Carmel also swears by Lizzie Shirt for multicolour fleeces which are very thick and wear fantastically well, survive 2-3 years washing and look great to boot!  While not appropriate for the actual slopes, these are fantastic quality to wear around the ski resort. Lizzie Shirt can be mail ordered to Ireland too.

If you like the Yummy Mummy style similar to Avoca, you’ll love the children’s winter clothes from Joules.  Their style is not unlike that of Boden and they do a winter and summer junior range. Again, Joules is very hardwearing and excellent quality for sweatshirts and rugby shirts. All Joules shops sell online and post to Ireland.

Boden sell a winter fur- lined fleecy winter coat with fleece lining for girls which has detachable arms and hood so can be used as ski jacket and then as a gillet in spring. It’s out of stock now but will be in range next year.

Aldi sells decent budget ski-wear in children’s sizes in January. There’s no point in shelling out hundreds when junior is going to grow out of the jacket in 12 months time ( in which case, you should forget everything you read above, but it’s my savvy tip for the day).

For junior skiers, it is always worth swapping ski suits with friends and relatives, as they grow out of stuff  so fast it is sensible to share the expense with others.

And finally, not to forget that the most important ski accessory is the skiing helmet.  Most resorts provide them for children but in Europe they are not yet mandatory (unlike in the US).

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10 Responses to “Ski Wear for Kids”

  1. mis jo-jo Says:

    I really like the diverstity – clothes for kids… would be nice to see some mens clothing sections too… for the lovely men in our midst … and belive me some Irish men could do with some tips :)

  2. Milly Says:

    Eskeez are the business! I used them during our own recent snow in Dublin – they fit snugly under normal clothes and kept me really warm tobogganing down the hills. I’m not exactly a kid :) but heard about Eskeez from friends who surf. I’ve bought them for my 6 year old niece as well as a slightly older 13 year old who is into horse riding – not a cold day since. They’re also much cheaper than the Nikes or other brands out there…

  3. Kate, Says:

    Well done – we’ve got a ski trip coming up and I know my kids will appreciate being warm. I loved skiing as a kid, but I can’t forget how absolutely frozen I felt!

  4. Annemarie Says:

    Tobogganing down the hills, now that sounds like fun!

  5. Mairead Says:

    On the topic of helmets it is one item that I would recommend buying and never hiring. Aside from the hygiene factor helmets are easily damaged by dropping and this can render them useless in the event of an accident. Damage to their internal integrity is not always visible. It’s worth the investment in a good helmet and you will have peace of mind knowing that it has been well looked after.

    Also – Icebreaker from NZ is a fantastic brand of thermals. They have a wide range of garments in merino wool, not scratchy; comes in various weights for layering; great colours for kids and adults too! Available in US and Europe too and also online.

    One final comment – glove liners are great for kids – nothing makes littlies more miserable than being too hot or too cold – and liners give a bit more flexibility depending on conditions.

    : )

  6. Marie Says:

    We bought a new Columbia Snow Bunting suit for our then 9mth old in November. The only suitable size available was 9 – 12 months. The next size up would have been too big altogether. Having read about skiswaps the US on
    am wondering if something like this exists here? Would anyone know? It seems like a really good idea to me. Our little guy has already grown out of the suit. Thought he got a lot of unexpected use out of it here in January so far. Perhaps there is a retailer out there who would be interested in hosting a similar ski swaps event?

  7. Michelle Says:

    We’re big skiers. My 9yo + 13yo were both on skis at 3 and we ski regularly during the season.
    With lots of friends and family who are just starting out (i.e. with younger children), I wrote up a long post on how to keep family ski costs down. You can find it here:
    I realize the specific links in that post are US-centric (given that I live in Seattle), but I think the ideas still apply.

  8. cleansheets Says:

    My kids are pretty warm blooded, we’re just back 2 weeks from skiing. They wore vest, cotton polo neck, and a fleece under their jackets. 3 year old who skied didn’t even wear a fleece most of the time and the steam would rise when she’d take her jacket off! H and M did great polo necks for boys this winter. She wore cotton leggings under her salopettes and he wore cotton pyjama bottoms, really comfy and cosy.
    We made black elastic loops to attach their mittens to their coats or you could put a string through the sleeves saves any “glove panic”
    NO SCARVES FOR KIDS, they can lead to nasty accidents on those conveyor belt lifts the kiddies use. Leave them at home – I really can’t emphasise that enough.

  9. Alison Says:

    We went skiing in Jan with our 20 mth old and found it cheaper to buy a snow suit for him here in Dublin than in the resort (we went to Chamonix). We got him a pair of dungaree salapettes and jacket by Columbia in Snow and Rock, Dundrum TC. We also got his thermals,gloves and socks there, both their own brand and not as expensive as the branded products, but just as good. We did however get his snow boots when we got there as the ones on sale here are a bit more for style than for purpose…..we picked up a brilliant pair of snow boots again by Columbia for €35, and he is still wearing them now…much warmer and more durable than wellies when splashing in puddles and muck sturfin!!! We also picked him up a fleece balaclava in France, all the small kids wear them all the time, and was just perfect for protecting little face and no real worry that they can pull it off….I totally agree with above comment…no scarves!!! Penny’s polonecks were great over thermals and are nearly like disposable clothing for drink and food spillage’s but protect the thermals…..
    Enjoy your ski trip with your lil ones, it;s the best family holiday ever, even for the ones too small to ski! It’s much less hassle that sand filled nappies and the constant threat that they will land in the pool kamakazi style!! we just can’t wait until our lil man can go to skischool!!

  10. Annemarie Says:

    Some great tips there Alison, thanks. I didn’t know about Columbia in Snow and Rock, Dundrum Town Centre for ski clothes for kids – so great that everyone on WSW now does!

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