As always, parents should use your own discretion; as you know your child the best.
Follow these tips below to stay comfortable.
With windy or cold conditions, kids and their parents/guardians need to be prepared!
With temps being cold or windy (really anything below 5 air temp or any wind at all with air temps at 10); the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will SHORTEN youth activities outdoors to keep exposure time outside of the Riverside Park warming shelter shorter.
Parents should stay close or ski along on cold or windy days to help with young skiers that get cold.
Kids can come into the Riverside Park warming shelter at anytime during the event to warm up and then have the option to go out again.
Here is how to prepare. Face coverings, mittens, etc.
Clothing tips for parents
Here’s how to prepare/dress for cold or windy weather.
Cold feet and hands are the most common issue. Use this checklist for success:
Dry boots: Boots need to be dried out near a heat source between uses. They can’t stay in the car or garage. Ski boots provided for use at this event are already warm and dry!
Wool socks: No poly blends, no cotton. Really. I mean it.
Dry socks: A dry pair of socks needs to be put on right before you put on boots. This makes a big difference.
No updrafts: Cold hands can often mean your body is too cool. Make sure jackets are not too big and billowy. To stop drafts, stuff jackets into pants, tighten drawstrings or wear a drink belt.
Put on a hat and a neck gator:
We all know we lose a lot of heat through our heads. But making sure your ears and neck are covered is just as important. I’m not sure how we used to survive without neck gators (buffs, muffs, neck warmers), because they seem like a necessity now. They are great, as the can be pulled over your nose and cheeks, thus covering your chin and mouth as well. Add a pair of ski googles and you should have no exposed skin or other body parts.
Good gloves: Good ski gloves/mittens are an investment and can only be found at ski retailers, but they are worth it. Keeping track of these should be in your job description. These should not be your child's school playground mittens.
Hand/Foot warmers: I only use these when I have to, but I’m usually very glad I have a few in my pocket for emergencies. These are oxygen activated and you can “turn them off” by putting them in an airtight container (such as a jam jar). I get about three uses out of each pack.
Calories: A skier that is low on calories will have a hard time staying warm. Bringing back up snacks and drinks is always a good idea. There will be plenty of Norwegian treats and hot cocoa at this event!
Dress in several light layers
Always wear a hat, neck gator (muff) and gloves.
Keep your socks and feet dry.
Go inside and warm up when you get cold.
Watch for signs of frostbite.
Ski as a group and stay together.
Make sure equipment fits properly.
Ski in the proper direction.
Ski in control.
“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing" -Swedish Proverb
Does your skier have the right clothing?
Youth skiers should dress in layers. Cotton is rotten; the best choices are wool and synthetics. Base layer, fleece, and then a wind resistant ski jacket and pants (something that snow won't stick to). Skiers need to move freely in their clothing and adjust layers as they sweat.
should wear dry wool socks (completely necessary). A hat, mittens or lobster (two finger) mitts (not gloves) and a muff (to cover ears and neck).
When temps dip under 10 degrees hand and/or feet warmers can be helpful. Have some patience with these, as it can take some practice to figure out how to fit them into gloves and boots. Pro-tip: these are oxygen activated and can be "saved" for multiple uses if you put them in something airtight, like a small jelly jar.
Besides teaching kids how to ski, we also want to teach kids and their parents how to enjoy winter and be outside….even when its quite cold or windy. There are a lot of health benefits to being outside in the winter, but we need to do it safely of course.
Below is some great information from the CDC about frostbite and hypothermia. It has good information about how to stay safe in cold weather and signs to watch for: