Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your
body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress your
kids in polypropylene underwear
(top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly,
absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Your kids should also wear a rollneck
shirt, possibly a sweater or fleece
and of course a jacket.
Be prepared. Mother nature has a mind of her own. Kids should wear
or headband, 80 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Kids
should also wear gloves
or mittens (mittens are usually better for kids who are susceptible
to cold hands).
Be sure they wear sun protection, even on cloudy days. The sun
reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think!
Have quality sunglasses
with them. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see. Always wear
proper eye protection.
When buying skiwear, Kidski looked for fabric that is water and
wind-resistant, storm flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists
and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings
that can be adjusted for comfort and keep wind out. These are all
reflected in the Kidski
Kidski recommends that your child has the name and phone number
of your hotel written down on a piece of paper and it's in a secure
pocket along with all their other bits and pieces. Although it is
very unlikely that your child would get separated from the instructor,
be sure your child has a piste map and is able to remember the instructor's
When you've decided where to take your ski trip, call the ski resorts
in the area and research how each area's children ski school programs
are structured. Ask about the number of kids in the class? What
if your child gets cold? What if your child wants to stop skiing
after one hour?
Put your kids in ski school to get them on the right track. Children's
instructors know how to teach kids, it's their business. Then you'll
enjoy skiing with your kids and they will be proud to show you their
An observance from a long-time skier is that when his daughter
skied with him, she regressed, as opposed to skiing with her peers
in a lesson. "She wanted to ski in-between my legs and fell down
more often. We had fun with her being silly, but a lesson allowed
her to focus on her skiing and she really excelled."
In 1997, 51 percent of resort visitors began skiing before the
age of 17, according to the National Skier/Boarder Opinion Survey.
Starting your kids early, opens a world of adventure, fun, laughter
and beautiful scenery unsurpassed, from many other sports and interests.
It's a tremendous feeling to learn that your kids' fondest childhood
memories were of your family ski holidays and now skiing has become
an important element in their lives. Your kids will be forever grateful
to you when they become adults!