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Kids love the snow and a winter trip can be a joy for all the family. But things quickly go sour if they feel cold and wet so getting their gear right is key. As with your own gear, layering is key so you can peel off or add back as needed. Merino wool or similar base layers are ideal as they offer great warmth and wicking. Keep a spare in reserve for extra cold days or when young learners have got wet from a lot of time spent in the snow. Opt for mitts over gloves to keep those young fingers toasty. First time around, you’ll likely not want to buy skis and technical gear, especially for fast-growing younger ones. Resort rental shops are your friend here and are usually very experienced dealing with juniors but you should shop around first if possible. Many offer discounts on kids gear, or even throw in their gear for free with a parent’s rental. Finally, a properly fitted helmet is vital – if you are buying, look for one with an internal ‘harness’ that can be adjusted as your child grows.