How to Dress for Skiing and Snowboarding

How to Dress for Snow Play

Playing in the snow at Thunder Ridge, whether you’re skiing or snowboarding can be great fun. Dressing to stay warm can be the secret to a fun day at Thunder Ridge in the Winter. This article explains how to dress for snow play, to keep warm and dry.

Dress in Several thin Layers

The first layer should be a wicking material to keep moisture away from the skin. For colder days, a fleece top or jacket, or a cotton turtleneck make a good second layer. Kids feet should stay dry too! Moisture-wicking socks work great for this purpose. Kids should wear one pair of socks, not more. Multiple pairs wrinkle and bunch up in the boot, causing discomfort.

Waterproof pants & jacket

Staying dry while playing in the snow is very important. Once the clothes are wet, staying warm is virtually impossible. Remember, there is a difference between “Water Resistant” clothing and “Waterproof” clothing. You can’t always tell by looking. The product descriptions will specify what level of water protection clothing provides. Depending on how cold it is, you might want to have your child’s pants and jacket both waterproof and insulated for warmth.

In Spring conditions, insulation might be too warm.

Waterproof gloves or mittens

Not all gloves or mittens are waterproof. The product description will specify if they are waterproof. It has been our experience that mittens are better for young kids. Once kids are old enough to have the dexterity to benefit from each finger, gloves may be a better choice.  Mittens are always warmer than gloves.

Goggles or sunglasses with UV400 Protection
Children may not be as interested as adults are in the fashion aspect of “fashion eyewear”. But because kids spend much more time than most adults do outdoors and in direct sunlight, protecting kids’ eyes from ultra violet is especially important.
In fact, many experts believe our eyes get 80 percent of their total lifetime exposure to the sun’s UV rays by age 18. And since excessive lifetime exposure to UV radiation has been linked to the development of cataracts and other eye problems, it’s never too early for kids to begin wearing good quality sunglasses or goggles outdoors. Lenses in kids’ sunglasses should be clearly marked as capable of providing 100 percent UV protection, with UV400 rated lenses.  For many people, goggles are a necessity when its snowing or windy.  In very cold weather they provide added warmth by covering the face.  Additionally, since they attach to the helmet, they are less likely to get lost than sunglasses

Helmet (for skiing and snowboarding)
For all the same reasons your children wear bike helmets, ski helmets are a good idea. If your child wears a ski helmet, remember you may have to raise your voice more to get their attention because a helmet may impede their hearing.. Make sure the helmet fits correctly. A ski helmet is not an item you buy for your child to grow into. Educate your child about the benefits and limitations of the helmet. Wearing a helmet doesn’t give permission to ski or snowboard faster or recklessly. Our ski school rents helmets for kids, and includes them in all our rental packages. Call our Snowsports School to learn more. A warm hat (only if you’re not planning on using a helmet) Kids should wear a hat or headband, 80 percent of heat-loss is through the head.

Plenty of sunscreen and/or face covering
Be sure they wear sun protection, even on cloudy days. The sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think! A ski vacation with a sun burn is no fun! Sunscreen also reduces evaporation and can therefore help prevent frostbite on very cold days.  A balaclava, face mask or scarf is the best protection against frostbite.  Lastly, winter air is very dry; this greatly increasing the chance of chapped lips. Plenty of lip balm is a necessity to avoid chapped lips.

A simple guide to dressing for winter fun.

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How to Dress, from The Weather Channel

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