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Spring skiing attire for kids?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
We are skiing at Breck April 3-9. I've never been spring skiing before and don't quite know what to expect. Two kids are never Evers and need to be outfitted.

I have ski bib, Nano puff jacket, helmet, goggles, gloves, socks. Will they need snow boots walking around? What about a base layer? They have winter ski jackets will I need to pack those ?

With the rest of my family who are all level 6/7 skiers - will I need to bring normal ski jackets or will the nano puffs be fine by themselves?

Thanks for any guidance!
post #2 of 18

Maybe this will help, as I just came back from Aspen with clear, sunny weather and temps ranging from 27* to 55*. YMMV on your weather/temps.

 

Our 9 y/o wore her regular baselayer and ski pants, and a long sleeve baselayer under her regular ski jacket and was comfortable.  She just skied with her jacket unzipped when she was hot, but was able to zip up on the lift if the breeze lifted. 

 

If your kids are "never evers" and are old enough, some instruction on unzipping/zipping to vent heat might be helpful.  If they are younger, then you might have to carry a backpack with options for them.  Start with warm layers in AM, then de-layer and/or put on lighter layer later in the day. Keep them comfortable so that they want to return. 

 

As far as the adults go, I basically skied in my regular/light base layers and shell pants (pants have zips), a Primaloft jacket (~same weight as a Nano), and spring gloves.  Add a neck gaiter if windy...

post #3 of 18

I've struggled with this a bunch this season, since Squaw / Tahoe has been Spring temperatures since January. I ski with my four year old and getting him to adjust layering can be a struggle. His clothing also doesn't mirror mine, as I use base/mid layers under a shell jacket and shell pants, while his jacket and pants are both insulated. 

 

My son loves skiing, but if he's uncomfortable he definitely isn't as happy and he generally wants to end the day earlier. He loved his mid-layer fleece, and will always want to wear it, even if it's way too hot. Children make so much sense, don't they? 

 

I did find that my son was more likely to complain if he was too cold than if he was too hot. I'd occasionally check under his helmet for sweat and inside his jacket to see how hot he felt. 

 

So my findings this year have been, temps below are mid-mountain where we skied:

 

-- Ski early, as both the colder temperatures and ski conditions are better for my four year old. This was normally 9am - 1pm or 2pm, with snacks on the chair.

 

-- If the temperature was below 25 then he was comfortable with midweight base layer and fleece mid-layer under both insulated jacket and pants (with helmet, of course). If windy, then add fleece gaiter. 

 

-- If the temperature was between 25  and 40 then he was comfortable with midweight base layer under insulated pants and both midweight base layer and fleece mid-layer (unzipped at neck) under his insulated jacket (with helmet, of course).

 

-- If the temperature was over 40 then he was comfortable with midweight base layer under both insulated jacket and pants (with helmet, of course). As the temperature rose I'd unzip his jacket and ask him if he was cold. He doesn't fall much, but this wasn't ideal when he did, but I don't have a lighter jacket for him and feared that a short sleeve under the jacket would be too cold in the mornings. 

 

I hope that helps. 

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by gtkim View Post

I have ski bib, Nano puff jacket, helmet, goggles, gloves, socks. Will they need snow boots walking around? What about a base layer? They have winter ski jackets will I need to pack those ?
 

 

My guess is that my son's ski jacket is a bit warmer than a nano-puff, so adding a fleece layer under the nano-puff would probably work. I'm not sure how well the nano-puff will hold up in wind or if it gets wet, but I suspect it wouldn't work as well as a ski jacket. With spring conditions you'd probably not be dealing with that much powder, but you never know what weather might come through. 

 

Unless there's a storm, they won't need snow boots walking around. If they're really small, sneakers would be easier.

 

I would recommend a base layer since it will probably be pretty warm and if they sweat into cotton then they're going to be pretty uncomfortable. Far more than a ski jacket, a good base layer will help insure they stay comfortable in the changing temperatures you'll see throughout the day and on different parts of the mountain. 

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks to those who have given input so far. Missing elements to my question;
The older boys are 9 and 7. They winter ski in a base layer (one does smart wool the other capilene), insulated pants, Nano jacket, insulated jacket, gaiter, and helmet. That seems to be what some are wearing for spring skiing?

The younger two are 4 and 5 and will be in ski school. So, the layering thing would be more difficult because mom won't be around to act as their personal storage service. wink.gif.
post #6 of 18
Don't need both a Nano and an insulated jacket. Of the insulated pants run warm, maybe the older ones get away with a Nano. Depends on whether the like to be a little hot or a little cold.

The younger ones will have to learn to zip/unzip when cold/hot. They'll adapt.

If all else fails, distract them with gummy bears on the lift...
post #7 of 18

You could be skiing in any temperature that week in Breck. Last year I remember driving up in 5-degree weather in mid-April. Bring everything and layer as needed. Long-term forecast calls for a possible cold storm that week, plus it is always windy at Breck. Don't listen to the Californians. :-)

post #8 of 18

11 May 2014 at ABasin. Just be prepared for anything.

 

post #9 of 18

However you dress the kiddos, you'll be wrong.

 

You need clothing for all weather conditions.

 

Dress them for colder than expected conditions, they can always shed outer layers.

 

Have a backpack for extras. 

 

Lastly - Goggles, Sunscreen, Sunscreen and more Sunscreen. 

post #10 of 18

Puffs don't do anything for wind - and Breck is famous for its wind. Everyone on the trip needs a shell.

post #11 of 18
A bunch of Epic Bears at Breckenridge on the 10th of April:

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post #12 of 18

I agree that April in Colorado can bring everything from single-digit temperatures with heavy snowfall to 50 degree days. 

 

If you have it, bring it.  Figure out layering on a day-to-day basis.

 

@gtkim, you don't say where you're from.  I'm from New England -- so I'm used to cold damp days -- I find that Colorado cold feels very different than "east coast cold".  i find that a single digit day in Colorado feels pretty nice actually.  If you're used to a more humid, cold environment, that will add another obstacle to determining optimal layering.  Skiing with a backpack so you can stash layers, etc. is a good idea.

post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by ali pine View Post

However you dress the kiddos, you'll be wrong.
Love that!
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm from georgia - so not used to any kind of real cold.

Thanks to those sharing pictures! Very helpful.
post #15 of 18
We struggled with this for a couple years when the kids were young trying to guess whether they needed insulated stuff that day or not. It seemed like we always got it wrong.

We finally went to all uninsulated waterproof shell jackets and pants and carry base layers, fleeces, and neck gaiters along with both cold and spring weather gloves. Once we figured this out we and our boys always seemed to be able to make it work.
Edited by Coach13 - 3/27/15 at 8:45am
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by gtkim View Post

I'm from georgia - so not used to any kind of real cold.

Thanks to those sharing pictures! Very helpful.


Have the kids skied before?  If so, where and what were the temperatures like?  Any complaints about being hot or cold?

 

If you can have a spare pair of gloves handy, always useful when the first pair gets wet.  Could be from snow or could be from sweaty hands.

post #17 of 18

So how is it going??

post #18 of 18

Just saw this. I hope you packed a bunny costume or two. 

 

IME kids do need to dress warmer than adults--more surface area/body weight to lose heat and they don't generate as much effort and heat when they ski, mainly because they turn only when they have to.

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