Finn started snowboarding at four, and it seems like forever ago that we would bring him over to SPAC to do little runs down their sledding hill. Sean would put him in a tube and pull him back up the hill over and over again. Finn was so little back then we had to buy "girl" snowboard bindings for him because they didn't make them any smaller, so he had pink bindings, which he didn't seem to mind, and it worked out well when we handed his first snowboard down to Levy, who uses it now. In the four years since we have found out what gear works best, and today I'm going to give you our little snow bunnies' style rundown. We just started Jack skiing (turns 3 at the end of January) this year, and decided it would be best to start him out skiing. We got some used skis from Cuddlebugs and used boots from Alpine Sport Shop (the Nordica Nordy ones pictured above are actually the same exact ones we got and they work great, he has no problems walking in them). They have them listed on Amazon for about $80 but we got ours for nearly half that at Alpine, and they had a few more used pairs to choose from in Jack's size actually but Jack liked these best, and these are actually the smallest size they have.
The Giro helmets are awesome, they fit well, keep their ears warm, and come in great colors, you can pick those up locally at Alpine as well, and it helps to try a few on for size, sometimes you can find that your child is in between sizes and can then use them for more than one season (always a bonus).
The Kids K2 Mini Turbo Snowboarding boots have been great, Finn started out with those at age 4, handed his pair down to Lev and we picked up another pair for him and they are going strong. If Jack does eventually move onto snowboarding we will probably just wind up passing them on down the line, they have held up so well even with all the wear and tear from the kids.
We love the Burton Minishred one piece, Jack can't fit into Finn's original handmedown one yet so he is still in the tried and true LL Bean toddler bib snow pants (also a Finn handmedown, those things are durable). But the one piece is easy to get in and out of and keeps them super warm while also being easy to move in and is also super durable.
Right now Burton has the sweetest floral print for their girls stuff, everything from gloves down to the base layer, it is the cutest. The kids socks are always the Euro Socks, they are the softest, comfiest socks, they just love them and they are so well made. We just picked up three new pairs at Alpine along with the essential toddler snow item, mitten clips. Smith goggles and a neck warmer round out our list of must haves (got that orange pair for Jack at Alpine). pictured above, Finn at 4 snowboarding and Jack at 3 wearing his big brothers handmedowns
This week we are heading up north to Lake Placid, where Sean went to school and where we will be checking out the brand new Lake House at High Peaks Resort. We stayed at High Peaks Resort last year when we celebrated Levy's birthday and we can't wait to check out their new place at the Lake House. Find me on Instagram to follow along on our attempts to get the three oldest kids on the mountain at once, skiing at the Olympic oval, and celebrating Jack's big 3. xoxo