A new ski wardrobe for the toddler and me?
On grey, dreary days, when my brain is crying out for sunshine, a snowy destination seems an odd thing to be dreaming about. But the more I ponder a ski trip with Minnie next year, the more tempted I am.
After just a couple of lessons in Lapland, I really caught the ski bug and while pregnancy and a baby put paid to me practising any more, a family-friendly beginner’s ski holiday is high on my list for 2015.
Back then I cobbled together a ski wardrobe using thermal layers, waterproof trousers and a discount ski jacket (bright pink, in case I got lost), it needs an update. Minnie, needless to say, has long grown out of any snow suits too.
I’ve come across Cotswold Outdoor for great walking gear before, but hadn’t realised their big name brands included ski-wear – as a bonus, with some impressive discounts and sale bargains.
I’m quite sad that Minnie is already too big for the Columbia Snuggly Bunny Down Bunting, £45, especially the white animal print version.
But this Trespass Girls Thrills Jacket, £40, is very cute and looks incredibly warm.
And would go rather nicely with these Buffalo Kids Teclite Trousers, £37, which are waterproof and have reinforced knees. Useful.
For me? I fancy this two-tone Sickline Jacket from The North Face – no chance of losing me, but definitely more stylish than padded pink. At £280, I need to commit to skiing though!
From my limited experience, a decent base layer makes a lot of difference. The Helly Hansen Womens Lifa Twin Pack is currently at £40 too.
And trousers designed to make you look good while skiing? I like. Although there’s slightly cheaper options, it’s another North Face vote with these Go Go Cargo Pants – spicy orange is £99.
Now we just need somewhere to try it all out…
Compiled in association with Cotswold Outdoor*
Main image: Photos from SkiStar/Flickr; all product images courtesy of the retailer