Earlier, I posted a list of gear essentials for a safe and happy ski family. Then I realized: I didn’t actually point you, dear readers, in any particular direction. This post is designed to rectify that. As a ski mom, I have had a lot of experience with testing brands and equipment, and I figure I should share that knowledge with the world. I went through the kids’ ski equipment and came up with a few solid products you should invest in. The best part? We found everything on this online Colorado ski company. Most equipment comes in both kids’ and adult sizes.
Stocking Cap: Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat; This thing is cheap, sturdy, and gets the job done. It pretty dang warm, and it’s slender enough to fit under a helmet. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes, too.
Balaclava: Grainger Black Fleece Balaclava; Like the hat, this thing is cheap and incredibly warm. I find that balaclavas work best when they’re simple—none of that nose hole stuff. This one will fit under your hat and the helmet for optimal warmth and protection.
Heavy Coat—Columbia Bugaboo Interchange; Coats are always a point of contention in my family. Each year, the kids want a new one because “that color is stupid” or” this puffy one makes me look dumb.” After a few years of trying, we all finally settled on this coat. Sleek, warm, and with several color options, my whole family wears these things down the mountain. Plus, it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than most coats out there.
Snow Pants—Lands’ End Stormer Bibs; I find that kids are more comfortable in bibs than snow pants, and this is one of the best I’ve found. It’s marketed for little girls, but they fit my son perfectly. With a bib, you won’t have to stop halfway down the mountain to help your kid pull up their pants.
Gloves—North Face ETip Glove; When skiing as a family, communication is key. I remember the days when we used walkie-talkies. Those, unfortunately, are long-gone in the age of smartphones. You and your kids will need a glove that’s both warm and phone-friendly. These do the trick.
Wool Socks—L.L. Bean Cresta Hiking Socks; For some reason, I can never get it into my head that wool socks are expensive. It feels like every time I go out to buy a new pair, I end up spending $30. These L.L. Beach socks split the difference. Warm and light-weight, they fit well under ski boots.
Long Underwear—UNIQLO Heattech Extra Warm Leggings; Long underwear can cost a fortune. Seriously, have you seen how much Under Armour is charging these days? It’s insane. Luckily, I found these incredibly warm leggings at UNIQLO. Now the whole family wears them.
So, there you go! A full list of my recommended brands. Family-tested, mom-approved, and relatively inexpensive all the way around. Happy shopping!