"There's no such thing as bad weather: just bad clothing."
Dressing wisely can make the difference between a fun day and a miserable one. A few key tips will help you prepare your child for an excellent winter experience:
- Dress your child in layers to allow adjustment based on the activity level.
- Avoid cotton when wet it does not insulate. Wool, fleece, or polypropylene are good choices.
- Mittens are warmer than gloves for the coldest weather.
- A good hat or neck warmer can make all the difference on a cold day.
- Label your child's clothing, to help identify stray items at the end of the lesson.
Most children will do well with a thin non-cotton layer (like polypro or microfleece) covered by their snow pants and jacket. On colder days, add a fleece or wool layer underneath, and a neck warmer to minimize losses from the top of the jacket. On warmer days, a thick parka makes for a sweaty then chilly child - try a lighter jacket or nylon shell with a fleece. Flexibility with the weather is the key to comfort and fun!
The youngest skiers may not get quite as hot during lessons as the older skiers, and are less likely to take off layers during lessons due to overheating, but still be aware of the temperature and adjust layers appropriately.
After lessons, during snack time is when the cold might start to set in, especially if they get a little sweaty. An extra layer, or putting on those that were shed, can help keep them warm.