SIX WAYS TO KEEP YOUR KIDS WARM IN THE SNOW
To a kid, a winter wonderland is paradise. A snowy landscape meanstoboggan tracks, igloos, snowmen, snowball fights and, of course, skiingand snowboarding. The best way to make sure your kids have fun duringyour Japan ski holiday is to make sure they’re dry and comfortable. Sohere are our top tips for keeping kids warm in the snow!
1. Start with a Baselayer.
By dressing your child in high quality wool or wool blend thermalsyou’re taking the first step in making sure they’re dressed correctlyfor the conditions. Thermals will help regulate their core bodytemperature, keeping them cosy no matter what. If your child issensitive to fabrics, choose either a high quality merino baselayer or amerino blend, this will guarantee they won’t feel the itch!
2. Layer up With a Midlayer
The layer between their thermals and jacket should also be a highquality or technical fabric that will act as an insulator. This could bewool or a synthetic equivalent or you could consider a puffy stylevest. Layers are fantastic for flexibility because you can always shedthe midlayer if your child is getting too warm.
3. Finish off with a Waterproof Outerlayer
Your kids’ jacket and pants or onepiece is their first line of defenceagainst the elements, so it’s important to choose one that’s aswaterproof as possible. If your child is particularly prone to feelingthe chill, choose a onepeice because they let their warm body heatcirculate easily. A separate jacket and pants is also good because youcan take their jacket off for lunch. Either way it’s a good idea to buysomething that high quality or if you want to make some savings, rentfrom Rhythm when in Japan.
4. Head, Face and Neckwear
Kids need to be covered from head to toe. If they’re sliding on theslopes, a helmet is good idea for keeping their noggins safe and superwarm. You can also get neat little skull caps that will fit perfectlyunderneath for some extra insulation. Fleece facemasks and neckwarmersare also a great idea. Make sure you purchase from the kids’ range sothe fit is nice and snug.
5. Feet and Toes
When renting ski or snowboard boots for your child, it’s a good idea totake some ski socks with you (or purchase some while you’re there)because this will guarantee you get a perfect fit. Kids’ socks need tobe made of a natural, insulating fabric like wool (not cotton). Don’t beafraid to try a thinner sock as this will allow air to circulate in theboot.
6. Gloves or Mittens
Mittens are perfect for the little ones because they house all theirfingers in the same super warm space. Choose a pair that are easy to puton and take off because you will be doing this a lot! Most toddlermittens are made with a water-resistant coating, which is fine at thisage, however when they are older it’s a good idea to invest in a pairmade using GORE-TEX®.