Kids Skis : What To Know When Choosing Skis For Kids

Getting your kids out on the slopes is easier than you think.

Skiing is a great family sport and is something that all but the very smallest children can appreciate. But you will need to make sure that you properly equip your child to get out on the slopes.

Equipment rental is always a possibility, but if your family’s loves to ski or you live in a ski area, you really should buy your kids skis.

Plus, kids can get at least two seasons out of a new set of skis, and you can sell them later, so they are a fine investment.

Here’s everything you need to know about shopping for kids skis.

Kids Skis Themselves

Kids Ski For Small KidsWhen buying your kids skis you start by measuring the skis and your child.

The overall length of your kid’s skis should be no taller than your child’s nose and no shorter than their chest area when the skis are placed next to your standing child.

Shorter skis are best for beginners since speeds will be slower and are easier to control. Also, if your child is a little underweight for his age you also might want to consider shorter skis.

Longer skis will mean more speed and are also recommended for children who are a little above average weight. These kids skis are a good choice for smaller kids. Notice that they’re thicker than normal skis in order to give the child more control and stability.

For older children, something more like this pair of skis may be more appropriate, since they’re a little thinner and will get a little more speed. When it comes to bindings, make sure that they’re tight and fit well and that they are specifically designed to be children’s bindings NOT adult models. The ski’s manufacturer will note whether bindings are adult or child appropriate.

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Boys Winter Coats

Boys Winter CoatsWinter coats for kids are obviously extremely important.

But you can’t just bow to the demands of style when deciding which coat to go for. Boys, in particular, have quite particular needs when it comes to a great coat.

Active and energetic, your boy is looking for a coat that not only keeps him warm, but also accommodates all his activities.

Shopping in the outdoors and sports section is the best way to get an appropriate kids winter coat. But what exactly should you be looking for?

Here are a few ideas that you might want to keep in mind.

Boys Winter Coats Sizes

You want to choose the right size of coat for your child.

When you’re making a relatively big investment it can be very tempting to buy clothing in a larger size that your child can grow into.

However, children do all grow at different rates, and because kids winter coats are worn for such a limited time there’s no guarantee that even the bigger size will fit him next year.

Sleeves should cover the wrist, length should come just below the butt, and the jacket should be snug but lose enough that he can wear a sweater or two beneath.

Keeping Your Boys Warm During Winter

Of course, kids winter coats need to be warm. Remember that it’s generally far more effective to wear layers that trap heat inside them than it is to buy one thick coat.

Another factor here is the level of activity of your child.

Boys do tend to run around and want to play in the snow, so buying coats that layer gives the option of removing one layer of clothing without actually taking off an entire jacket. Something like this coat from Columbia is an excellent option.

You can detach the outer shell from the inner fleece lining and wear either part separately or both together.

This also makes the coat a better investment, since it can be worn in different temperature ranges.

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Kids Ski Pants Becasue No One Should Ski In Jeans

Ski Pants for KidsKeeping your kids safe and warm on the ski slopes is obviously your top priority, and nothing factors more heavily in this than making sure that they’re properly equipped.

You may not think that kids ski pants can make a difference, but in both keeping kids visible and keeping them comfortable they really do, and pants need to be chosen carefully.

Below we’ve listed the things that you should be considering when buying ski pants for your child:

Style

Kids pants come in three different styles.

The most common insulated, which are waterproof on the outside and lined on the inside to keep kids warm.

There are also shell pants, that are basically waterproof coverings that need to be worn over other layers. These may be practical when skiing in warmer conditions.

Finally, there are bib pants, which fit like overalls, and are most suited to younger children, as they ride higher and keep more of the body warm as well as making sure that pants don’t fall down.

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