Dress children in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body's constantly changing temperature. For example, dress your children in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms) which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps them warm. If you do not have polypropylene then track suit pants will suffice. Your children should also wear a skivvy, jumper and parka.
Be prepared for all conditions. Mother nature has a mind of her own and conditions can change quickly. Always bring clothes suitable for all types of weather just in case you need them.
Children should wear a hat or headband, 80 per cent of heat-loss is through the head. They should also wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for children who are susceptible to cold fingers and hands).
Be sure they wear sun and eye protection, even on cloudy days. Have sunglasses and goggles with them. Skiing is a lot more fun when you can see and not only that but children without eye protection run the risk of snow blindness – a temporary yet painful eye condition caused by prolonged exposure to bright sunlight reflected off snow and ice. Googles also protect your children's eyes in snowy conditions.
When buying skiwear, look for fabric that is water and wind resistant. Look for wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be snuggled up to the chin and drawstrings that can be adjusted for comfort and keep the wind out.
All children can benefit from a ski or snowboard lesson. Not only does it teach your children important skills to keep them safe on the mountain, but they will have lots of fun, make friends and enjoy skiing/snowboarding much more. It also gives you the chance to have a few runs yourself!
Start your children early and open a whole new world of adventure, fun, laughter and stunning scenery. Younger children often pick up skiing or snowboarding much easier than adults which is great for your childs self esteem. And what better gift to give your children than fond childhood memories of your family snow holidays that your children will cherish for years to come.
The thought of a long trip in the car with young children is enough to make many parent cringe, however there are measures you can take to make your journey more managable and maybe even a little fun! We hope these ideas inspire you...
Let the kids pack their own backpacks for the trip with one or two of their favourite toys and maybe some snacks. If they are too young, help them but keep them involved.
It seems like a no-brainer, but if you can avoid it, don’t travel with kids during rush hour. How about leaving in the wee hours of the morning and letting them sleep in the back seat? Also, if you are coming up to a main meal, feed them beforehand so they have full tummies.
As for planning your trip time, estimate the travel time, then double it. Pushing on with tired, bored or grumpy children in the car is no fun for anyone. Better to take your time and all arrive relaxed.
Many mums and dads (mostly dads) could be forgiven for just wanting to get the trip over with in the least amount of time. This sounds great in theory, but in reality you must allow time for a break every 2 hours. This gives the driver time to recoup and the kids time to burn energy.
If the weather permits, try to stop somewhere that has a playground or a park so the kids can run around and stretch their legs, and a toilet to avoid those unscheduled toilet stops.
Snacking in the car gives children something to do and it is much cheaper to pack snacks from home than to buy them from convenience stores along the way. Pack some special treats and save them for when the kids are reaching the end of their tether!
Make sure you also pack wipes and garbage bags to help deal with the mess.