Children’s clothes and ski hire
Children's clothes need to
be warmer than adults’, ideally one-piece suits, washed in a waterproofing solution such as Nikwax if you have any doubt about their waterproof-ness.
Mittens are warmer than gloves. Your children will
almost certainly need two pairs, at least, because even if they
don’t keep falling over, they’ll probably soak their
mittens throwing snowballs! You can buy disposable hand and footwarmers from the ski shops and chemists.
They also need a selection of clothes, longjohns, socks or tights - to adjust the temperature beneath their suits and a balaclava is a must.
Children must wear helmets, which we advise
you to pre-book from the ski-hire shops (and to adjust to their heads when you get them). With the helmet they wear
goggles, but once they stop for lunch, they remove the helmet and
goggles, and need a hat or cap and wraparound sunglasses that stay
Children need easily applied sun block (you
can ask the instructor to re-apply it) and lip salve with a sun
There are many shops and online stores that sell relatively cheap children's ski clothes in the UK. Hiring skis and boots in Val d'Isère is no problem, though we recommend
you pre-book equipment if you’re coming during school holidays.
We list Val d'Isère Ski Hire shops with discounts for
Sport 2000 is near Le Grizny; there’s an Intersport at La
Daille. The rest
are more or less central. Just book – don’t pay, unless
you’ve got a better deal than ours. To book skis, tell them the child’s
height. For boots, the shoe size. Doing so merely gives
an idea of what to put aside: they will still fit the
properly on arrival.