How to dress for the slopes
With many ski schools now taking children as soon as they’re out of nappies, all you need to do is make sure they’re warm, safe and comfy.
Introducing your children to the ski slopes is an incredibly proud, exciting, and nerve-wracking, moment in any parent’s life. Especially if you are huge fans of the lifestyle yourself and want your offspring to enjoy it.
But there’s one sure-fire way to turn them off skiing for life early on; being cold and wet. Keeping them comfortable, snug and safe with the right clothing means they can concentrate on having fun.
Start with their under layers. But forget cotton – which would cause a chill when they get wet! Thermals are a great option if you’re heading to a high-altitude resort or going during the coldest part of the season. Reima’s Tavast shirt and Hytte leggings are made with merino wool that boasts excellent temperature control. They’re designed with flat seams to prevent chafing and combine a longer back on the top with an elastic waist on the leggings to keep your little ones snuggly warm.
A waterproof jacket is a must for any youngster on the slopes. Reima’s Waken jacket for girls and Wakeup jacket for boys are not only waterproof but also windproof and dirt-repellent yet breathable. The responsibly-sourced down and feather filling will keep kids warm whether there’s a little nip in the air or it’s as chilly as minus 30 – with a little more layering underneath, of course! Snow locks on the cuffs and the waist prevent cold air and snow getting up into the jacket and other added extras like goggle pockets and an inner chest pocket ensure plenty of detail and practicality.
There’s no use buying a waterproof, warm piece of clothing for children if it’s not going to last. Children inevitably find the most precarious situations to get themselves in and fall over more times than you’d care to imagine - meaning robust clothing is key. Reima’s Wingon Ski Pants are made of a durable, windproof and breathable material with a water and dirt repellent finish. Extra durable reinforcements have been placed on those parts of the legs that can be easily worn out. All seams have been sealed waterproof and feature adjustable detachable suspenders for a personalised fit.
Children adore bright colours and parents love them because they prove helpful for keeping an eye on their children, particularly on a white background like snow! Reima designs its ski wear in a rainbow of pastel and primary colours. From Strawberry Red to Fresh Green, and Cranberry Pink to Turquoise any kiddie diva is catered for. Coupled with gorgeous accessories like beanies, scarfs, and gloves in complementary colours you’ll easily be able to fill your children’s entire winter wardrobe.
With a title like that, you may think we’re going to talk about helmets and goggles. But there’s another safety concern to take into consideration when buying children’s skiwear. Research recently undertaken by The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), revealed Reima to be one of just three European children’s wear manufacturers to offer completely toxin- free children’s clothing.
Altogether NIVA tested 34 textiles from different European brands and discovered 31 contained environmental toxins. Some of the products tested contained different per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are man-made compounds used in water-repellent clothing. They are a public health concern as, in high concentrations, some have been linked to adverse health effects in laboratory animals.
They also resist degradation in the environment and are bio-accumulative - meaning their concentration increases over time in the blood and organs. Reima can confidently say all of its clothing is completely toxin-free – it’s almost safe enough to eat!