Planning for a family ski trip isn’t easy when your home is nowhere near snow. If you don’t already own salopettes, ski jackets or waterproof gloves and boots, then you’ll have to shop around. Add to those all the extra bits and pieces that you really can’t do without – thermal base layers, goggles, woollen hats and maybe even a balaclava – then the task to source your family’s skiwear can be daunting.
For our recent trip to Passo Tonale in Italy, D and I had most of the skiwear we needed (you can see some of the kit I first wore to Norway here). But the children had grown out of their old clothes since we went skiing last Spring. Mountain Warehouse offered to send Austin and Gwen some items for this winter, which made our job of kitting everyone out a whole lot easier.
The great thing about Mountain Warehouse is, you can buy everything you need in one place – and it’s all co-ordinated. My son chose from the Zakti Kids’ Ski package, which is still available at the knockdown price of £64.99 – for a jacket, salopettes, gloves, socks and hat. My daughter chose from the patterned kids’ ski package. This package is currently sold out on the Mountain Warehouse website, although some of the items she chose are available individually. Gwen could pick from five different types of jacket and socks, as well as two salopettes, three hats and gloves. Both children had fun finding co-ordinated items, which when put together, gave them distinctive ‘looks’ on the piste.
My son in particular stood out on the slopes, with his orange Zakti jacket (or is it pink? Check out the pictures below….. Mountain Warehouse described it as ‘coral’)
The items were snowproof (even through the fiercest snowball fight), and the jackets and salopettes were lined with soft microfleece fabric. Gwen’s hood was detachable, and integrated snowskirts prevented snow getting inside both the jackets.
As well as a ski package, Austin and Gwen both picked some ski goggles. These came with anti-fog lenses and were engineered to block 100% of all harmful blue light up to 400 nanometres. Austin also chose Chill kids’ waterproof winter boots in grey and coral, to match his outfit. These were lined with isotherm fibres to keep in heat. The boots are stylish and versatile, and he’s worn them a lot since coming back home to London.
After kitting out the children in their outer layers, I bought everything else: thermal base layers, fleeces and an extra jumper or two. For simplicity, I shopped for all of these at Mountain Warehouse, and I was pleased with my purchases. I can’t speak for the extremes of Scandinavian, where temperatures can reach -30°. On our trip to the Italian Alps, where the coldest we experienced was -16°, we did have to put extra woollen gloves under our daughter’s ski gloves one day. But on the whole, all the children’s layers kept them warm and cosy.
So cosy, in fact, that sometimes they couldn’t help nodding off……
Prices and availability of Mountain Warehouse kids’ skiwear vary. You can see what’s available on the Mountain Warehouse website. Mountain Warehouse gifted us outerwear for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.