Let’s face it–skiing in the snow is a blast! Summer is fun, but winter has a wonder and magic all its own. I have a hard time thinking of anything more enjoyable than being bundled up in the crisp, cold air of winter. Not to mention a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows doesn’t give that same warm, fuzzy feeling in the middle of July! For those of you who may not be convinced, the trick to enjoying the colder months of the year lies in quality outerwear. The longer the younger family members stay warm, the longer everyone has to ski. Check this list of the best kids ski jackets for 2011/2012 and make sure you get as many runs in as possible this season. These jackets are sure to keep them warm and cozy from sun up to sun down.
The North Face Vestamatic Triclimate Jacket
The Vestamatic from The North Face is easily one of the more versatile pieces of outerwear to come out this season. The outer portion of this 3-in-1 system is a fully seam sealed, waterproof and breathable jacket with plenty of insulation which can be worn on its own on the warmer days of winter or even as a spring jacket. For increased warmth, the jacket also comes with a reversible, down vest that can be zipped into the interior of the jacket, worn on the outside for added style, or on it’s own for the perfect layering piece. This triclimate jacket from The North Face is a true 3-season jacket system. Check it out on WinterKids.com for $174.95.
This parka ranks fairly high on the list of technical kids ski jackets. The Bugaboo Tech is also a 3-in-1 arrangement, with an internal removable soft shell jacket that sports Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective liner. Developed along the lines of space blankets used to keep astronauts warm, Omni Heat Reflective uses reflecting material to keep the wearer up to 20% warmer than with conventional liners. The soft shell portion of this jacket can be easily removed on warmer days, or worn as a stand-alone piece once the snow starts to melt. This parka also has internal media and goggle pockets, as well as an adjustable powder skirt that able to snap back to stay out of the way when wearing the jacket around town. Pick up a Bugaboo Tech Parka from Columbia at WinterKids.com for $159.95.
Spyder Vail Jacket
This jacket is a true high-performance jacket for the young skier with serious demands for their outerwear. Loaded with everything you’d expect in a high-end adult piece, the Spyder Vail Jacket delivers. Extremely waterproof and breathable, this jacket is made critically taped in a 360° stretch fabric that is oh so comfortable and easy to move around in. Add a removable hood, underarm venting, a custom goggle lens cloth, and stretch powder skirt, and the Vail has the next generation of athletes ready for anything mountain throws their way. The Spyder Vail jacket retails at $339.95 on WinterKids.com.