Finding Great Kids Ski Clothes
For many of us, shopping for ski clothes for the kids is a real challenge. You know the excuses and perhaps these may sound familiar:
“They grow so quickly.” “How often will they wear that gear here in Florida?”
For the past few years, I’ve managed to pull together hand-me-down snow outfits upplemented with lots of warm, cuddly layers. But we always seem to arrive at the ski resort missing one key cold weather item.
With help from members of the Snowmamas and Snowpapas Advisory Council, I’ve compiled a list of places to help you find just the right stuff for your kiddos--clothes that will help your kids stay warm, dry and protected even while lying in the snow making snow angels or during a really good snowball fight.
If you’ve arrived in Park City and need some basic cold weather clothes, the Wal-Mart and TJ Maxx at Kimball Junction offer a wide variety of slope ready clothes at reasonable prices. The Christian Center Thrift Store has great finds. If you are a Utah resident, Jans has a fantastic deal on kids gear (not clothes). You pay a onetime fee and can trade up every year.
Several moms raved about the “I-Grow” jackets, pants and bibs made by Obermeyer, Spyder as well as other companies. By letting out the hem, you can extend the life of your kid’s snow gear a few more seasons. You can save even more if you buy last season’s styles. If your child says, “Oh Mom…these clothes are so last year,” remind them “All the kids are wearing them. It’s the green choice!”
Ordering online is quick and easy especially if you shop at trusted sites such as LandsEnd and L.L. Bean.com. Remember to shop early in the season because these sites tend to run out of sizes.
You can find great deals on used clothing online at ebay, Snowlist.com and also on your local Craigslist site. Consider contacting your local Momsclub.org or mops.org groups to find out where they suggest finding quality children’s clothes.
You never know what you might find!
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