The holiday and ski seasons collide, making this a great time to stock up on stocking stuffers that kids will enjoy on and off the slopes.
Keep the littles’ cute toes covered and warm with a pair of adorable Youth Mid Volume Socks by Hot Chillys. Adorned with unicorns, moose or stars, kids will grab them first when getting ready for the slopes. Made with moisture-wicking fibers and arch supporting materials, they are designed for warmth, breathability and comfort for busy little rippers. ($22)
There is no better ski deal than the Ski Utah 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Passport! The Passport gets each child three (3) days at EACH of Utah’s 15 resorts. That is 45 days of skiing or snowboarding for less than the cost of most single-day lift tickets. Children do NOT have to be Utah residents, but parents must purchase the Passport online in advance. ($89 per Passport)
Wise parents know better than to try getting teenagers to leave their mobile phones back at the hotel or condo. Instead, encourage them to take LOTS of pictures of friends and family shredding Park City or sitting in the snow at Solitude. These otherwise camera-shy adolescents might even take a few selfies on the lift at Beaver Mountain. To make sure they don’t drop their pricey appendage from Great Steps, get them a Koala 2.0 Smartphone Harness by Hangtime. This silicone strap wraps around the phone and attaches to a coat or pant loop with a secure carabiner. ($34 at HangtimeGear.com; great discounts on purchases of multiple harnesses)
Keep their pockets and hands warm this winter with rechargeable warmers by Ocoopa. The HeatCube, its smallest model, fits in the palm of a wee hand and provides three levels of heat up to 122 degrees for maximum comfort. Depending on use, each charge lasts up to 4.5 hours giving them plenty of warmth during early morning lessons. Each device comes with a strap, light and even an alarm. OK, maybe don’t tell them about the alarm. ($24.99, five colors available)
“I wanna do it a-self!” can be a blessing and a curse when you’re trying to get your crew and their gear from the parking lot to the lift. The Ski Pack by Pure Mountain Fun is the simplest solution for allowing kids to carry their own skis. A lightweight drawstring backpack — available in two sizes and multiple colors — is designed so skis slip through the top and bottom and cinch tight when placed over the shoulders. When ready, kids can take the skis out “by a-self” and stuff the Pack into a pocket. ($47.99, but check sale price on select colors).
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