Are you hoping to raise the next Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White? Then it starts with the best kids snow gear. Toddlers don’t just huck their first tamedog on a day-one rental. Nope, before they’re shredding the gnar, it’s hours spent on properly fitting toddler snowboards and skis first, where they learn edge control. Of course, in order to have them focused on their edges, they need to be comfortable, and that’s where right-sized and warming kids’ gloves and helmets come in. Sure, you may have taken your first laps in denim, but if you truly care about passing your love of snowsports on to the next generation, you’re going to need to up your game with the right kids ski gear.
Beginner skis and boards should be soft and short, which translates to ease of turning and control. Ski boots should go on and off without struggle as should ski gloves, mitts/gloves, and other apparel. But most important is the helmet itself, which, when properly fitted, protects your kiddo’s noggin from the all-but-guaranteed smacks against the packed snow of the bunny hill. Finally, keep an eye out for snow gear including ski apparel that grows with your child — your wallet will thank you next year.
Kids Skis and Snowboards
This soft, forgiving board and bindings combo eases your child into learning. But as he or she gains proficiency, kids can have plenty of fun in the park and glade thanks to a responsive wood core. All you'll need to add is a proper fitting pair of boots.
While not a snowboard, this snowboard accessory should be considered essential gear by any parent taking a child on his or her first trip to the slopes. Slide it over boards as long as 90 centimeters and you'll be able to pull your child across smooth surfaces to get the feel of the real thing. It's cheap insurance that your kiddo will have a blast on the snow instead of sulking in the lodge.
This all-mountain, 74mm-waisted ski is ready to carve into groomers and duck between trees with responsive turning. Tip and tail rocker makes learning easier, while a wood core proves that there can be plenty of life in a beginner blade.
Kids’ Ski and Snowboard Helmets
A durable polycarbonate shell, adjustable ventilation, and variable fit makes this a great ski helmet for kids over multiple seasons.
While it costs a little more, its MIPS technology represents some of the most cutting-edge impact protection available. Anon, a Burton sub-brand, also included a BOA dial system to ensure the fit is always perfect, while a one-handed buckle system lets them ditch the helmet during lunch.
Kids’ Snow Gloves
Touchscreen-compatible fingers, a removable wrist leash, and uber-warm Thermacore insulation make these a hit for all-day riding and skiing.
A touch pricier, but these premium gauntlet-style gloves are windproof, water-resistant, and ready for the steep and deep. The removable polyester lining ensures they dry out overnight during multi-day heli trips.
Kids’ Ski and Snowboard Goggles
For your tiny ripper, these goggles feature the same high-contrast, scratch-resistant lenses of their adult brethren, but differ with a kids-specific pliable frame and triple-layer face foam for comfort and safety.
Known worldwide as a maker of some of the best lenses and frames for snowsports, Giro's youth-specific frames incorporate the same tech into a tiny package. Its curved frames provide a wide field of view for when trails merge, along with a fog-preventing finish and soft foam against the skin.
Every product on Fatherly is independently selected by our editors, writers, and experts. If you click a link on our site and buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission.