Tips For First Timers With Toddlers

Tips For First Timers With Toddlers

Parent's Guide

Getting Started

Learning a new sport can be tough on the first day, but don’t be discouraged! Here are a few ideas to help you with their first day on the slopes:

What to Wear

Body - Dress in Layers 

Wearing layers keeps your child warmer because it lets them adjust their clothing if the temperature changes as the day goes on. The morning might be chilly while the afternoon sun can make them fry. It’s also a good idea to get them moisture “wicking” clothing to stay dry and comfortable. The "wicking" keeps the sweat away from their body.

Outermost layers (jacket and pants) should always water and wind resistant. Without good quality jacket and pants you are guaranteed they'll be wet and cold. 

Feet – One pair not two

One pair of quality socks will keep their feet nice and warm. When it comes to feet don't bother with the second pair of socks.  One good pair is always better than 2. 

Hands - Always Wear Mittens or Gloves

Keep their hands warm, dry, and protected with a good quality pair of waterproof gloves or mittens. With little ones mittens are always going to be easier.

Heads - Headwear

The best helmet is the one that fits. 

Remember--they can lose up to 20% of their body heat through their head. Keep it covered to stay warm.

Face - Wear Sunscreen and Lip Balm

The sun's rays are less filtered at higher elevations. Snow also reflects sun rays like a giant mirror, making them even more intense. Wind can burn their skin too. It's tough to explain to their teacher why they're bright red when they supposedly "spent the day in bed recovering from that nasty flu virus that's going around." Protect their skin and you won't have to think of any excuses!

Eyes - Goggles and Sunglasses

Always wear goggles of sunglasses with full UV protection.  You only get one chance with your eyes so don’t harm them early.  Sunlight reflecting off the snow can cause permanent damage to eyes. All helmets have a google holder on the back so the kids won’t loose them.

What to Bring


Backpack or gear bag/duffle - Many people keep their ski and snowboard gear in one handy bag and use it every time they head to the mountains.

Hat - When their head is warm, the rest of them is more likely to stay warm.

Waterproof Gloves or Mittens - Mittens are warmest.

Goggles - Optional, but best for snowy days.

Sunglasses - An absolute must; UV protection is required.

Water-resistant pants - Wind pants, insulated.

Warm, dry socks - Bring an extra pair.

Jacket/parka - Water-resistant is best.

Extra lightweight sweater or sweatshirt - For layering, if needed. Wool or Dry-weave fabrics are much warmer than cotton.

Sunscreen - SPF 15 or higher.

Pocket tissues - Optional, but their nose may run a little.

Lip Balm - SPF 15 or higher.

Energy Bar – A little snack to keep them energized.

Trail Map – Gotta know where ya are and where ya wanna go!!

ID/wallet/petty cash - Store in a secure, zipper pocket.

Water - Stay Hydrated! Drink plenty of water before and after their day on the slopes. Maybe pack an extra bottle of water or two in their ski bag or locker.

Other Tips

  • Always work within your Childs limits. Know where the resting places are and try not to over do it.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after.  Sun, wind, sweat and altitude take fluids out of your child’s body. 
  • Eat well, take along snacks and get a goods night sleep.
  • Lessons.  Yes, a lesson is the key to a great time on the slopes.  It allows your child to learn from an instructor the safe way.  Try and book your lessons in advance in peak holiday periods.
  • Always organise a set place to meet your child should one of you become lost from each other. Make sure that your contact details and accommodation can be easily found on your child should they become lost or in the case of an emergency.
  • HAVE FUN !!!
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