Family ski holidays can end up being extremely pricy. Even if you manage to grab a bargain package deal, extras like lift passes, food and ski wear can end up adding hundreds to the bill.
However, kitting out the kids needn’t cost the earth. We’ve rounded up a host of places you can find children’s ski clothing for less.
Once you’ve joined your local group, you can request everything from ski wear and baby clothes to furniture and electrical items.
It’s also worth asking friends and neighbours if they have any kit you could borrow. There are thousands of perfectly good ski outfits hidden away in lofts and under beds!
eBay is still a great place to pick up ski bargains. To minimise the risk of buying a dud, stick to sellers with positive feedback of 99%+.
If you’re happy to buy non-branded gear, you should find some great deals in “bargain basement” clothing retailers like Primark and Matalan.
These days, the main supermarkets also stock heaps of cheap ski wear during the winter season. Asda, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl are all worth a look.
If you’d rather stick to brand names you know and trust, head to your nearest TK Maxx. You may feel a bit like you’re in a rugby scrum (and you won’t unearth a bargain every time) but there are definitely gems to be found if you’re prepared to root around.
Off-season, you should also be able to find heavily-discounted ski gear in specialist sports shops. The Decathlon store is a good place to start; and it’s also worth looking in online outlets like Winwood-outdoor.co.uk, Skiwear4less.com and Snowboards4u.co.uk.
You don’t need to buy all the best quality gear on the market. This is particularly true if it’s a one-off trip – or if your kids are likely to have outgrown it by next year.
However, certain pieces of kit are particularly important. For example, it’s usually worth shelling out for decent gloves and bottoms. Basic gloves and salopettes could make for cold, wet children – as they will spend a lot of time planted in the snow!
And when it comes to safety equipment like helmets and knee protectors, go for the best quality you can afford.
Work with what you’ve got
If you already have some kit that’s past its best, there are things you can do to make it work more effectively on the slopes.
For example, you can make clothing completely waterproof using a liquid waterproofing solution: Brands like Nikwax and Graingers can be bought for a few pounds on Amazon.
You then wash the solution into the ski clothing (just add it to your washing machine instead of detergent).
This should breathe extra life into old gear; as well as adding an extra layer of protection to cheap new purchases.