The most important things your young beginner snowboarders need before they hit the slopes (even more important than instructions being yelled from Dad or lessons) is the right snowboarding gear. Newbies spend a lot of time face planting, kneeling and sitting in snow. If they are not wearing the correct clothing, it won’t belong before being wet and cold turns into tired, cold and cranky–and what parent wants to listening to constantly complaining?
A proper snowboard outfit consists of:
Slightly bigger and with longer arms than a traditional ski jacket to ensure riders have a full range of motion. Jackets should be slightly longer in the torso to prevent snow from penetrating at waist level. It will keep your children’s backs and bums warm.
Looser than ski pants with additional padding and waterproofing on the backside and knees due to the amount of time spent sitting in the snow from falling over, or watching Mum or Dad give instructions. They are also designed to prevent snow from entering at the ankle level.
Synthetic or wool base layers These provide extra warmth. However for the days when the wind chill is bone biting, a polar fleece or wool long johns will provide an additional insulating layer.
Neck warmers Neck warmers offer protection for the neck, ears and chin from wind and snow burn. Avoid scratchy materials and choose a merino wool or polar fleece material. Socks should also be made of wool or synthetic materials and extend half way up the calf.
Ski goggles Goggles with interchangeable lens or medium-tint styles are best for all weather conditions. Snowboarders will find they use their hands to aid them to get to their feet, insulated, waterproof and breathable mittens or gloves are essential. Some gloves and mittens have wrist protectors to guard little wrists from getting torqued during a hard fall.
Boots Good quality kid’s boots have a velcro strap which can be easily tightened or loosened to accommodate a growing foot. Before purchasing ensure the laces and buckles are tight but comfortable.