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With February half term fast approaching (phew! We’ve only just recovered from Christmas) lots of you are looking to your next ski holiday – February half term.

We’ll be posting our top tips for getting your kids ready for the ski holiday, but in the meantime, below are our recommendations on the best kids ski kit.

Happy kids on a ski holiday - starts with the right kit

Happy kids on a ski holiday – starts with the right kit

Making sure your children have the right kids ski kit can make or break a holiday: warm and comfortable children are more likely to learn and enjoy their ski experience. It’s easy to hire skis and boots once you’re out in resort, but before you head out to resort, we’d suggest getting the following items:

Helmet: A well-fitting helmet is required for all ski lessons and recommended at all times. You can’t beat the Salomon Kiana or Jib Junior – both of which use  ABS hard shell with an EPS liner for the best combination of shock absorption and durability.

Nibostratus Triclimate Jacket - The North Face

Nibostratus Triclimate Jacket – The North Face

Ski jacket – we like the Nibostratus Triclimate Jacket from The North Face. It’s a versatile performance winter jacket which is both waterproof (with a HyVent system) and breathable.  The zip-in/zip-out fleece jacket allows little ones to keep cosy, and features include a fixed hood, internal security pocket, brushed collar lining, adjustable draw cord at hem, adjustable cuff tabs and two zippered hand warmer pockets.

In fact, we like this jacket so much, we have a version of it for some of our smaller female ski instructors!

Salopettes or ski pants. We like the Freedom Insulated Pant again from The North Face. A dark colour (so won’t show up the dirt too quickly) , it’s made from HyVent waterproof and breathable fabric and offers good value for money.
Sunglasses or goggles – try the Scott Junior Hook up which fit well with the Salomon helmet and are good value for money.

Go for mittens rather than gloves for toasty fingers

Go for mittens rather than gloves for toasty fingers

Ski Gloves: Cold hands are one of the biggest fun stoppers. Mitts are warmer than gloves. For small kids get mitts that goes over the end of the jacket sleeves. We like the Barts Kids Nylon Mitts that come in a range of colours. Bargain at £12.99. Thermal underlayers, both leggings and top make for most warmth – there’s a good range at Ellis Brigham. For balaclavas we’d suggest Barts Helmaclava and neck warmers, the Barts Kids Col Basic.

All of these items can be purchased from our friends (and proud sponsor) Ellis Brigham.

Have you booked your children’s ski school yet? W/c 9th of February we have availability in all of our resorts except Vallandry. W/c 15th February is pretty busy, though we do have spaces in our Verbier children’s ski school, as well as St Martin de Belleville and Serre Chevalier.

Certificates, badges and prizes from the BEST ski school

Certificates, badges and prizes from the BEST ski school (ok, maybe we’re biased)

We offer children’s lessons from 4 – 14 year olds, from little beginners to racing adventurers. All lessons are taught in small groups with fully qualified, English speaking instructors. You’ll also get a certificate and badge at the end of the week!

For more information or to check availability please check out our website, email info@skinewgen.com or call 0844 770 4733.

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