Apres-ski boots: These are an important adjunct on a ski trip. The best are those that slip on quickly and are both warm and tolerably lightweight. Laceup boots are a foolish no-no for the very young.

Lightweight parka: This can replace the regular ski jacket on a two - piece suit on warm days. It’s also a fine substitute for a raincoat when the snow falls in round droplets.

Warming chemicals: Buy ones small enough to fit inside mittens and boots - they’re an instant solution to tearful complaints about cold hands and feet. Carry a couple sets for each child.

Ankle gaiters: These are excellent at keeping snow from soaking into boots. The inner linings of boots, however, usually do get damp. Remember, inner linings can be removed at night for drying.

Lock: Children’s skis do get stolen - chiefly shiny new skis. If the youngster has her own she should also have an inexpensive lock to fasten them to the ski rack outside the lodge.

Boot bags: These are not an option but a necessity. Children will be far happier with their own than grumpily sharing with a sibling or with the parents. I know ours were, even in their younger years. Not only
should their bag hold their ski boots, it should also hold the nonclothing necessities that go on every cheerful ski junket: mittens, goggles, moisture-proofing cloth for the goggles, hat, sunscreen, ski lock, neck and ankle gaiters, and any can’t-do-without personal articles.

Kids usually outgrow their clothes and equipment before it wears out. To insure that a hand-me-down ski outfit is water resistant spray lightly with a water-repellent for fabric. Worn inner ski boot linings are replaceable. Have a younger sibling’s skis inspected by a skilled mechanic before passing them on from an older brother or sister. They should be checked to make sure they have not gotten warped over the years and the bindings cleaned and calibrated for the weight and ski level of their new owner.

Each of our two daughters is personally responsible for seeing that all equipment that returns from a ski trip is properly stored. Boots are cleaned, dried, and packed into the ski bag, along with the other accessories. Skis are wiped down with a lightly oiled cloth before being stored. That all accomplished, everything is in order for the next adventure.


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