“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.” I understand that this is a popular saying in Norway – where they might know a little something about winter and how to dress for it.
Here in Utah, winter doesn't last quite so long. But when you are blessed with The Greatest Snow on Earth, it makes sense to get out and play in it. The outdoors are a lot more fun in winter when your clothes keep you warm and dry.
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.
My sister turned me on to Sierra years ago because they have great prices for quality outdoor gear for everyone in the family. Sierra is my first stop when I'm looking for deals on top outdoor brands like Marker, Columbia, The North Face, Under Armour, and more.
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!
Helmet or Hat
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 with your ski gear, but we decided to buy ours since we use them several times each winter for skiing and sledding.
If you don't need a helmet for safety, a nice warm hat is essential for extended outdoor fun.
Goggles or Sunglasses
A good pair of ski goggles will keep the wind, cold, and sun out of your eyes. They offer more coverage and are safer and more durable than sunglasses.
Sunglasses are essential for reducing glare from the snow on sunny days when you don't need the extra safety of goggles.
Neck Gaiter or Scarf
A neck gaiter is a versatile and inexpensive accessory that 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.
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 serious fun in the snow.
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 20 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.
A good pair of warm, waterproof boots are your first line of defense against the cold. When your feet are warm and dry, it's a lot more fun to play in the snow.
It's easy to enjoy the outdoors all winter long when you have gear that keeps you warm. You have many options when you shop for outdoor gear, but Sierra.com is a good choice because they specialize in low-cost, high-quality outdoor gear from top brands.
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