The snow is falling, the season has begun and you are ready to enjoy some family fun in Whistler with the kids. Have you taken all of the necessary steps to ensure the kids are dressed appropriately to avoid a mid-mountain meltdown? Whether you are dealing with an infant, toddler or school-aged child follow these 5 simple tips to guarantee a fun time is had by all!
A full day on the mountain with the kids involves a combination of slopes, chairlifts and lodges. You will be moving from one climate to the next so dressing in layers is imperative for maintaining comfort and sanity. When dressing for the Whistler mountain climate, three layers is suggested…
The Base Layer sits next to the skin and is meant to be moisture wicking and insulating. Wool is a popular fabric that is used for base layer garments. Hot Chillies, Kombi, Spyder and Burton are labels that make high quality thermal underwear. Choosing a breathable sock is also important, again wool is an excellent fibre that will keep the feet warm and keep moisture and odour away.
The Mid Layer should include a soft shell, sweatshirt or hoodie. This extra layer is important as it adds another level of insulation and can be worn comfortably indoors when stopping at the lodge for a hot chocolate or relaxing indoors at the end of the day.
The Outer Layer should consist of a good quality winter jacket, snow pants and boots. There are a range of outerwear options depending on the type of winter activity you will be doing. When buying winter outerwear you will want to purchase something that will last more than one season. It is best to have the kids try on a few styles and speak to a professional about which style/brand is the right fit.
It pays to invest in quality winter wear for the kids. Your sanity (and their comfort) depends on it. Although you may pay less up front for no-name brand apparel, you will certainly pay for it later. Quality brands such as Spyder, Burton, Phoenix Sports, North Face & Columbia (to name a few) are built for fun and function. These brands are designed with the Whistler climate in mind and feature high quality fabrics and features. Not only will your child look fashionable on the slopes but you can be confident that they will be warm and comfortable all day long. Quality brands back their products with rock solid warranties so you can be sure you’re purchasing high performance clothes that will stand the test of time.
Quality kid’s winter wear should be fun and functional. Today’s top winter wear brands design their apparel to suit the lifestyle of active kids whether they are infants riding along in a backpack or pre-teens shredding-up the snowboard park. Some features to look for when shopping for children’s winter clothing include removable hoods, reinforced water proof liners, internal goggle pockets, data card pockets, powder skirts, chamois lens wipes and Velcro adjustable cuffs. These simple features will add to the convenience and function of your child’s winter apparel.
Water proof, water proof, water proof!
If you’re like me you probably recall childhood memories of soggy cold socks and frost bitten fingers while on the mountain. It doesn’t have to be this way anymore! There have been revolutionary advances in winter clothing and waterproof gear is one of the most notable improvements. You will want to ensure a waterproof rating of at least 10,000; this is sufficient for moderate rain and average snow. You will also want to ensure that outerwear is breathable and you can do this by checking the Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate (MVTR). A MVTR rate is measured in grams between 2000g and 30,000g; the higher the number, the more breathable the clothing.
Now that you’ve layered appropriately, have chosen good quality functional gear, and have waterproofed your children you are ready to accessorise! When you are exploring Whistler, whether by ski, snowboard, tube or foot ensure that you have the basic accessories such as gloves or mittens, boots, toques, and goggles or sunglasses. If it is extra chilly you will want to invest in a neck tube, balaclava, face masks and glove liners. A helmet is another must have accessory especially for kids that are skiing or snowboarding- ensure the helmet that you choose is FIS approved for ultimate protection.
Now where to find all of this winter gear you may ask? Fun For Kids in Whistler Village has been around since 1993 and has a huge selection of quality winter gear for kids of all ages. Located in the Hilton Hotel at the base of Blackcomb Fun For Kids has everything you need to dress your kids from head to toe (and most of all to ensure they are comfortable and happy all day long). Happy kids make for happy parents so don’t let poor wardrobe choices ruin your time on the mountain. Check out Fun for Kids and stop in for some expert advice and to view the range of quality gear available.