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Green-Blue-Red….let’s go! Children’s skiwear from Polarn O. Pyret

Alps

Brrrr… any minute now, it’ll be getting chilly. Jack Frost will sneak up on us and before you know it, we’ll wake up to lawns dusted with an icing-sugar coating, and toes that are nipped by the Winter chill.

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Three Winters ago, we woke up to this….

Ski season is just round the corner. D and I became a couple just after our first trip to the slopes together – in fact, you could say we fell in love there, so ski holidays are doubly special. But we’re yet to take the children, who are only five and two-and-a-half. Last year’s warm Winter meant our daughter Gwen hasn’t had a chance to play in the snow yet….so we need to make sure she and her brother Austin are kitted out for what we hope will be a super-snowy Winter.

Valmeinierskislopes

The French Alps, on my first ski trip together with D

I was impressed when I checked out Polarn O. Pyret’s ‘about us‘ page. The Scandinavian company has much to recommend it. Their clothes are unisex; they’re designed to emphasise similarities, not mark out differences, between kids of different genders. Boys and girls all play, tumble, and roll around in the snow in exactly the same way, so it makes sense for their clothes to reflect this.

That’s not to say Polarn O. Pyret’s ranges aren’t distinctive. I saw plenty of stylish, good-looking items designed to withstand the wear and tear brought about by under-twelves. The clothes have a high resale value, and POP encourages parents to hand clothes down from brother to sister. Although their items are a little pricier than some, if the quality is good enough for them to be worn by several different children, it works out cheaper in the long run – and it’s much better for the planet.

So, for our wardrobe wishlist, what better way to take advantage of POP’s range of funky shades, than to build up a clothing palette based on the different ski slopes colours?

Green slopes – relaxing in the cabin

Our ski trips are mainly spent on the slopes, but of course we’ll be spending some time relaxing – in front of a roaring log fire, with a hot chocolate; or in a restaurant, while the snow tumbles down outside and our tummies are insulated against the cold with a hot cheese fondue, or a raclette. As well as outerwear, Polarn O. Pyret also make clothing for those off-piste moments, and when we next jet off to the slopes, we’d like to pack this Cosy Marl soft knitted sweater and Colourful denims, for those ‘green run’ moments when the family is kicking back and spending some downtime together.

Green slopes - relaxing in the cabin

 

Blue slopes – don’t forget your thermals

Right – we’ve refuelled, so now it’s time for a challenge. As any ski officionado knows, before you brave the ice and snow, you need a warm underlayer. Polarn O. Pyret sells a wide range of vibrant thermals, in polyester to wick away moisture and make sure the little ones’ body temperatures don’t drop in the cold snow, or when they perspire. I loved these stripy thermal long johns, matching thermal top, hat and neck warmer, to keep the extremities insulated against chilling winds. Their lollipop-bright stripes will make dressing the kids less of an ordeal; it’s difficult to coax our children into putting on more clothes than they’re used to, but these fun colours should make it easier. Plus, if that hat gets separated from its owner, its easy to see who it belongs to – just check out who’s wearing the matching gear.

Blue slopes - don't forget your thermals

 

Red slopes – seriously cosy

It’s time to get serious: we’re onto red. As well as being the most challenging slope, if we dressed our kids all in red they’d be easier to spot against the snow.

Layers, layers and layers are what keeping warm on the slopes is all about, and that’s why, as well as this heavy-duty wind and waterproof coat, I’ve chosen an extra fleece jacket to go underneath. The coat already features a fleece lining, so it’s bound to be very warm, but you can’t have too much fleece on the slopes. The jacket has poppers that will attach to some Polarn O. Pyret outerwear, and this coat and padded trousers clip together, to avoid leaving any gaps for the wind to whistle through. With this combination, there are tons of pockets – in the fleece, coat and trousers. So enough places to put an emergency whistle, ski pass, and plenty of snacks to keep our little ones energised and on the move.

And, finally, we’d pack these  shell mitts with reflective strips – perfect for waving and getting the attention of Mum or Dad when we come sailing overhead on the ski lift.

Red slopes - seriously cosy

 

Tally ho! We’re all set for our ski adventure. What would you pack to go skiing?

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24 Comments

  • Rosie Corriette
    October 21, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I love the skiing outfits, they look fab! I’ve never been skiing but it’s something I want me and Boo to try together.

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  • Donna @OrdCyclingGirl
    October 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Love the blue slopes outfit. I’m sat here full of cold so I’m feeling the need for some thermals! We’re hoping to take our two skiing for the first time next year – 7 and 4. Should be fun!

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  • Jen aka The Mad House
    October 21, 2014 at 11:21 am

    We have had PoP thermals before and they are ace

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  • Lucy Dorrington
    October 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I do love that green jumper! I find it really hard to source interesting clothes for boys, they’re always a bit.. ‘samey’. The traditional style of that jumper is adorable!

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  • Zing Zing Tree
    October 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    We’re building up to taking the girls ski-ing. Not my bag really but OH loves it. The striped thermals are very cool

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  • Sam Thurley
    October 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I am so jealous, I have always wanted to go skiing but with such a bad back I fear I may end up on my bottom more than upright. Love the outfits xxxx

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  • Polly
    October 21, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    lvoe the green slopes outfit, we’ve never been skiing but would lvoe to try!

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  • You Baby Me Mummy
    October 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Oh lovely choices, I feel cold now looking at the snow pictures! x

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  • Pinkoddy
    October 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am loving the complimentary colour co-ordinated clothing you have picked out. If you want a onesie that zips right up over your face however……

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  • Emma
    October 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    ooh I would love to try skiing, good luck with the comp!

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  • Adele @ Circus Queen
    October 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    What gorgeous clothes! Laurence keeps saying we should go skiing some day. I’m not convinced I’ll be any good at it but I’d love to give it a go.

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  • Sarah Bailey
    October 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I have never been skiing! It always looks amazing fun, though I am sure I would end up just sliding down on my bum!

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  • Sonya Cisco
    October 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Love the green outfit! Never been skiing, bot sure its my thing, but love the idea of open fires and hot chocolate in ski lodges!

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  • suzanne3childrenandit
    October 22, 2014 at 10:54 am

    This post was good timing – we’re going skiing at New Year and my son needs a new ski outfit! Such a shame that kids have to grow each year, it’s an expensive business. I really like the colours in this clothing range, I will def be checking it out 🙂

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  • Vicki Montague
    October 22, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Ah I would love to go sking…never have and probably never will!! There has never been enough money. Anyway, on the plus side it means that I don’t need to buy ski wear, although sometimes I wish I had some for this country! I feel the cold really badly! 😉 Good luck with the competition!

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  • VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    October 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Those thermals look so stylish and super comfy. Good luck with the challenge x

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  • Sonia
    October 22, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    I don;’t think I’d go skiing lol I can’t stand the cold now I am older. Great picks though, I love PoP’s clothing especially the kids x

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  • agatapokutycka
    October 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    I love skiing but I haven’t been on a real slope since I moved to UK… I miss it!

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  • Kizzy
    October 23, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I would so love to go ski-ing, one day maybe. Love the clothes you’ve chosen, they look very snugly.

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  • Kara
    October 26, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I adore PO.P clothing since I was first introduced to it a couple of years ago – could spend a small fortune!

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    • Nell
      October 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Congrats on winning the competition Kara! I loved your post.

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  • Jess Paterson
    October 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    We’re going on our first family ski holiday this year so this was a timely post! I love POP but didn’t know they did ski stuff, so thanks for picking out some great items in your post. Hope you get to share your love of the slopes with your little ones soon!

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  • Laura
    October 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Ooh, the green jumper in particular looks so warm and cosy.

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  • Michelle Murray
    October 29, 2014 at 10:32 am

    There’s something about snow that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s just so beautiful. I love your first photo

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