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