how to dress for snowy success
People in Norway often say, "There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes."
The "no bad weather" might be debatable, but there is a lot of truth in the idea that clothing is a big part of being safe and comfortable out on the mountain.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind about how to dress kids for their day out on the snow, especially if either they or you are new at the whole winter mountain playground adventure stuff.
First, A good fit prevents fits. Make sure everything is the right size—everything. Nothing will start to get in the way of fun faster than wearing something that is the wrong size. That's true for kids and adults. Socks for a 12-year old won't work for a 4-year old. Neither will gloves, goggles, pants, etc.
It's best to do your shopping/outfitting before you get to the resort—and not just because prices rise with the proximity to the lifts. It is much more relaxing to come with everything right size and ready without a need for last minute panic shopping. But if you do need to get something at the resort, don't worry. They have great gear on hand, and the prices aren't going to sink the ship.
Second, plan 30 minutes for getting dressed. It always takes longer with wee ones.
In the "How to Dress A Kid" information below, please pay special attention to having young children do a trial run using a bathroom while they are wearing their gear. There's nothing quite as embarrassing for a child, nor frustrating for a parent (or ski school) than having to cut a fun day short because little _______________ couldn't get out of his/her clothing fast enough to prevent a potty problem.
Even though it's not mentioned with the "How to Dress" information, don't forget to put on the sunscreen. At high altitudes the UV rays are more intense, even on cloudy days.