How to Dress Your Kid for Your Next Winter Adventure

Posted on November 24, 2023

If you're planning on taking your kids skiing or snowboarding this winter, you're probably wondering what kind of gear they'll need. While it's important to keep them warm, you also don't want to break the bank buying gear that they may quickly outgrow. We have you covered -- here are our top tips and products for many happy family days on the slopes. 

  1. Dress them in layers. Layering is key to staying warm in cold weather and you want to make sure you're choosing materials to keep your kids warm without being too bulky. Start with a base layer of thermal underwear followed by a mid-layer of fleece or wool. We recommend base layer sets made with Merino wool or ULTRAWICK fleece. Avoid cotton, as it will absorb moisture and leave your child feeling cold and clammy and top it all off with a waterproof and windproof outer layer to keep them comfortable all day long. 

  2. Protect their extremities. Kids lose a lot of heat through their head, hands, and feet, so it's important to make sure those areas are well-insulated. Look for a hat or helmet that covers their ears, neck gaiters, and gloves or mittens that fit snugly over their hands. Waterproof materials are always the way to go.
  3. Find them the right ski or snowboard boots. For their feet, choose socks made from Merino wool or synthetic materials, like Smartwool’s great collection of kids socks and make sure they have boots that fit properly. If you’re looking for the right ski or snowboard boot, look to our expert staff to provide personalized recommendations for the best fit. And with our large assortment of rental ski and snowboard boots, you are sure to find what they need!  

  4. Ensure they have comfortably fitted gear. Our in-person experts are here to help. Not sure what size skis is best for your little shredder? Lost on which snowboard is the right fit? No worries. Our experts will answer all your questions and help you decide from our wide selection of gear from the top brands. 


Outfitting your child for a day on the slopes doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. By following our simple tips, you can keep them warm and comfortable all day long while continuing to save year after year. So, what are you waiting for? Book your next youth ski or snowboard rental and make more mountain memories! 


Ask an expert at any of our rental shops for help with your child’s gear and apparel recommendations.