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Ski Boots and Snow Pants?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm about to take my 12 yo son skiing for the first time.

 

He has nearly all the gear he needs, but he doesn't have any winter gear for his legs (snow pants, etc...). Before I buy snow pants for him, will snow pants work with ski boots? Is there a better option than snow pants? I'm trying to keep the cost reasonable since he is a begginer and want to make sure he stays with it before I buy anything fancier. 

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 15

If you're going to have to buy something you may as well make it actual ski pants, which are made specifically for the task. They'll fit over the boots and will have an inner gaiter to keep out snow and moisture.

 

Columbia makes decent pants at budget price points, and there are several "no name" brands at multi-purpose sporting goods stores such as Dick's that will work for a first-timer. End of season sales should be starting up right about now.

 

http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/home/index.jsp?ab=Header_DicksLogo

post #3 of 15
Both of my kids wear their snow pants to ski. Neither has a ski jacket but instead uses their winter coat. Buy them good gloves, helmet, goggles and a neck gaitor.
post #4 of 15
Our son is only 5, and my impression is that whether kids stick with skiing early on has a lot to do with whether they are comfortable. If your son gets wet and cold, it will take a truly amazing experience on skis to make him want to keep doing it.

We bought a fleece base layer which often doubles as pajamas. A set of salopettes made for skiing works brilliantly for sledding and playing in the snow all the time. High quality gloves, again from a ski shop, find a use every day in the winter.

Basically, my thought on this is that good ski gear is also excellent winter gear, and the cost need not be considered strictly a skiing expense. Warm and dry kids will have more fun than cold wet ones.
post #5 of 15

What is absolutely crucial is that the cuffs of the ski pants go over the cuffs of the boots.  Otherwise he will be teased unmercifully, hate skiing, and suffer irreperable psychological harm.;) 

post #6 of 15

wait...there's a difference between snow pants and ski pants?

maybe i'm just out of the loop, but no one ever told me that and i've been doing just fine for the past ~20 years. style preferences aside, i think anything designed for use in snow will work.

post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great replies! This helps out immensely.

 

From what I understand, treeski7, is the key difference is that ski pants have gaiters sewn in to help keep snow out. 

post #8 of 15

yeah, my snow (ski?) pants have always had that. guess i just figured they all did.

post #9 of 15
I second aranpuras comments that staying warm and dry is the key. Doesn't mean you have to buy name brand or spend top dollar, but ski pants/winter pants need to do just that. We buy almost all of our kids ski gear (and much of ours) from Sierra Trading Post and have had a great experience getting quality for 50 to 75% off of retail for years.
post #10 of 15

Did anyone else have to look up "salopettes?"

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

Did anyone else have to look up "salopettes?"
Yes.
post #12 of 15

Funny, my wife is English and my parents are Indian; I had to reverse-look-up salopettes to find out they were called overalls!

post #13 of 15

just as note because I see it from just about 100 percent of people as first timers in my lessons, snow gaiters go over your boots not into your boots.

 

Its sad and funny how many times I have someone tell me their shin hurt only to find a metal hooks from their pants gaiter stuffed inside their boots!

post #14 of 15

I've worn el-cheapo rain pants (that I bought for hiking in wet conditions) out skiing on warm days.  Anything that keeps you dry should work just fine.

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Josh Matta View Post
 

just as note because I see it from just about 100 percent of people as first timers in my lessons, snow gaiters go over your boots not into your boots.

 

Its sad and funny how many times I have someone tell me their shin hurt only to find a metal hooks from their pants gaiter stuffed inside their boots!

 

Ouch!

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