Isbjörn Helicopter Winter Jacket | £150
The Helicopter is a jacket we’d love in adult sizes too. It’s packed with Primaloft insulation, and we like the detachable, adjustable hood and the fact that you can extend the cuffs, so fast-growing kids can get two seasons of wear out of it. Pair with the Hurricane pants for tumble-ready waterproofing.
Comes in six candy-bright shades.
Kamik Jet Snow Boots | £44
Sturdy wellington-meets-winter boots with thick velcro straps that make them easy to pop on and off. The soles are made of tough, waterproof rubber and have deep lugs for good traction, and the wide leg openings can be cinched in tight to keep snow out. The lining of the Jet boots is breathable, too, so your offspring won’t overheat even if they’re pelting about in the snow.
Isbjorn Hurricane Ski Pant | £110
They may not be cheap, but these hardy salopettes will keep mini powder lovers warm and dry all day. The tough outer shell includes a hefty 15,000mm of waterproofing, and the Hurricanes have an easily adjustable high-cut waistline, braces and gaiters to keep kids comfy and the snow at bay. A high-performer for small but keen skiers and boarders.
Gipron Toddler Ski Set | £40
Taking your little one on their first ski holiday? This tiny but brilliant set of mini skis and poles will get them out on the pistes from the get-go, and at just £40 it’s totally worth picking up ahead of a family holiday. The straps fit over regular snow boots, so no tantrums over uncomfy ski boots, and the lightweight poles are easy to hold and maneuvre. At 60cm long, this dinky set will even fit into your luggage, and they can come out of storage when we get decent snowfall in Blighty, for play in the back garden or in the park.
Barts Dragon Helmet Cover | £27
Who wants a boring old helmet when you could wear one that turns you into a firebreathing dragon? This rather mad cover in stretchy lycra comes complete with wings and plumes of smoke, and has the added benefit of making your small skier easier to spot on the slopes. Penguins, bears and tigers also available for your menagerie.
Quiksilver Flake Googles | £25
The Quiksilver Flakes are both fun and functional. Their wide plastic frame and bright straps will suit kids and teenagers aged 6-16, so they’re worth the investment if you’re off on annual family holidays (and at £25, they’re a steal). The foam-backed lenses are UV protected and anti-fog, and the strap is easily adjustable.
Bolle Quiz Bear Helmet | £40
Bolle reckon this lid is designed for fearless, snow-loving kids, and we’d agree. This smart helmet is robust, comfortable and easy to adjust as they grow. Effective air vents will keep active kids cool on the slopes in spring and the Quiz Bear also comes with a removable and washable inner lining and ear pads. It looks great, too.
Hobbledehoo Harness | £20
A must for active nippers. This handy harness makes it easy to guide and grab small skiers on the pistes and keep hold of them on lifts. It’s easy to adjust, which means growing kids should get a good few years of wear out of it, and we like the reflective shoulder stripes for low visibility. Can also be used for swimming and hiking.
Salomon QST Access 70 T boots | £120
We’ve never seen a children’s ski boot as grown-up as the Salomon QST Access - this boot means business.
A lightweight build means the boots won’t drag kids down on long days on the pistes, and the QST features good flex and a wide liner for more support and comfort. Hike and Ride technology makes walking in them easier, too.
Dakine Wristguard Glove Junior | £40
Sending the youngest members of the family to ski school? These heavy-duty gloves are water-repellent and will keep small hands and wrists protected when kids (inevitably) take a tumble. Integrated wristguards and rigid nylon panels on the palms mean they can get back up and keep perfecting those pizza/french fry moves.
Reima Girls Waken Down Jacket | £180
This jacket not only looks good but is packed full of features. Made from water- and windproof, dirt repellent, breathable and elastic fabric, the Waken is sure to keep your little nipper warm as toast. Aside from protecting from the elements the jacket offers safety as well with a pocket created especially for a ReimaGo sensor which allows you to track and monitor your child's activity while they are out on the slopes.