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Ski season is almost here!
Several Utah resorts will open for the season within the next couple of weeks! My kids and I are excited for another winter of bluebird days on Utah's famous powder. We'll also hit the sledding hill in our neighborhood as often as we can.
It's a challenge to keep growing kids outfitted for outdoor winter play. Quality matters, but our budget for winter clothing is small. That's why I love Sierra Trading Post.
My sister turned me on to Sierra Trading Post years ago because they have great prices for quality outdoor gear for everyone in the family. Sierra Trading Post is my first stop when I'm looking for deals on top outdoor brands like Marker, Columbia, The North Face, Under Armour and more.
I recently stocked up on new gloves, ski socks, and layers for my family, including a new Marker jacket for myself – all for under $170 at Sierra Trading Post. It shipped for free with a coupon code and arrived within a few days.
Here is my list of essential winter clothing. All of these items will come in handy for skiing, snowboarding or sledding. You'll be glad to have most of them for other winter sports like snowshoeing, outdoor ice skating and even sleigh rides!
Helmets are a must-have safety item for skiing, snowboarding, or sledding. A good winter sports helmet will help keep your head and ears warm, and provide a clip to secure your goggles. You can rent helmets, but we decided to buy ours, since we use them several times each winter for skiing and sledding.
A good pair of ski goggles will keep the wind, cold and sun out of your eyes. They offer more coverage, are safer and more durable than sun glasses.
This versatile and inexpensive accessory can be worn around your neck, over your face or on your head. On cold or windy days, it can cover everything between your goggles and collar and protect your face from the chill. It's better than a scarf because it's less bulky and has no loose ends.
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A winter coat is an obvious necessity for winter sports. In the past, we have gotten by with winter coats that are not made for sports, but have found them to be bulky, heavy, too delicate or lacking important features – like water resistance or inside zipper pockets – for a day on the slopes.
I really needed a new snow jacket this year, and found this Marker coat at Sierra Trading Post for under $80!
A good base layer will be lightweight and wick away moisture from your skin to keep you comfortable. It may be hard to imagine that you can work up a sweat in sub-freezing temperatures, but skiing, snowboarding and sledding will do that.
Thankfully, base layers don't have to be expensive. I got my daughter's new set on clearance from Sierra Trading Post for about $20.
It's hard to play long in the snow without snow pants or bibs (overalls). A good pair of snow pants can last for years. My black Marker snow pants are nearly 15 years old and they still look new. For growing kids, buy snow pants in a gender-neutral color so you can hand them down from one child to another.
Gloves or mittens
Cold, wet fingers are a no-go in the snow. Waterproof gloves or mittens for every member of the family are a must. My daughter was SO excited to see that her new gloves from Sierra Trading Post are also touchscreen compatible!
I love long wool socks that will insulate your feet and keep them warm, whether wet or dry. The soooo soft Merino wool socks I just bought from Sierra Trading Post were under $5 each on clearance. I recommend buying one size up, unless your feet are already on the small side of the range.