This was our third ski season with a child on the slopes, but if we were totally honest, this was the first winter we actually did real skiing with Penny. She learned her turns stopping, getting on and off the magic carpet by herself and even knows the ropes on the high speed chairlifts now.
Along the way we have tried a heap of product and gadgets to make the experience fun and enjoyable for a 4 year old and this is our top 5 items that have made skiing with a small child easier.
Kombi Animal Family Mittens are an answer to my mitten prayers. They fit WELL above the wrist and go over your child’s coat. They stay on super well and when you are constantly picking your kid up off the ground, the last thing you need is to pull their mitten off their hands halfway down the hill. These are a MUST HAVE in our house and I am planning on getting each kid another pair. They are also nice and warm and stay pretty dry.
The RC Products Ultimate Kid’s Ski Harness is something we started using this year. It’s a learning curve getting used to it both yourself and your child, but it was a great way to keep control of your little one on larger runs when they have a “no fear” attitude towards skiing like my daughter.
A well made and comfortable helmet is a safety must for any skier right now we are using an Alpina ski helment with Penny similar to this one here.
For our little one, a neck warmer is the worst thing in the world but so necessary. Wind and cold down a jacket will equal a sick cranky kid in no time. Penny says they pinch her neck, I say no they don’t. It took us forever to find one that worked and this neck warmer is loose enough that she will wear it but can be zipped into her coat safely.
Kleenex on the Go packs. All of the Kleenex please! We all need them while skiing. Everyones nose is running at the end of the ski day and unless you want to be washing boogery kid coats when you get home, keeping a pack or two in the grown ups pockets is just good planning!
What do you swear by? Any outdoor winter gear I am missing out on?