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Ski Equipment Checklist

When you are traveling with the family in Colorado, its hard to know if you have the right gear for the activities you are planning.

Gear reviews and checklists help you make sure you've packed what you need.

Photo: Buttermilk Ski Area at Aspen, Colorado appeals mightily to the preschool set.

Article: Skiing Aspen with the kids.

Did You Know?

Denver International Airport
has special baggage carousels to accommodate skis.

Kids’ Ski Gear Checklist For alpine (downhill) skiing
Boys and their ski gear outside the sport shop at Loveland Ski Area, Colorado

•    Ski pass 

•    Gear bag

•    Skis

•    Boots

•    Poles

•    Liner socks

•    Ski socks

•    Long underwear bottoms

•    Fleece pants

•    Snow pants

•    Long underwear top

•    Zip-front turtle neck

•    Fleece top

•    Shell parka

•    Mittens

•    Extra mittens

•    Face mask

•    Helmet

•    Goggles

•    Lip balm with sunscreen, sunblock

•    After ski pants

•    After ski boots

Encourage young skiers to layer clothing on and off as needed, to regulate their temperature throughout the ski day. 

The clothing items suggested above are based on the principles of the three layer system: 

1. The Wicking Layer
When exercising in cold weather, it is important to have a wicking layer close to the skin. As your kids perspire, this will pull the moisture away from them, keeping them dryer and warmer. Look for long underwear made from synthetic, non-absorbing material like polyester or polypropylene. 

2. The Insulating Layer
Items like the fleece pants and the turtleneck fall into this category. The idea here is to create dead air space which does a good job of keeping the cold out and the warmth in. Lofty insulators include anything from a big, puffy down coat to a light fleece shirt. Vary the amount of insulation as the conditions change.

3. The Shell Layer
Colorado's frigid high altitude winds can blow right through the best insulating layers, so a tightly-woven thin layer that breaks the wind in necessary. This could consist of a light wind-jacket worn over the fleece middle layers. Practically speaking, with kids, usually some insulation is combined with the shell layer in the commonly available puffy ski pants and parkas. 

When kids are warm and comfortable, and when they are protected by goggles, helmets, sunscreen, and lip balm, they can quit fussing about being cold and get on with the serious business of having fun. 

A checklist is essential to make sure they have the gear they need to meet the mountain with a grin on their face. 

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