Baby, it’s cold outside! If you’re planning a family ski vacation or just want to get out in the snow and do some sledding during winter break, staycation style, you’re probably assessing your cold weather gear and figuring out that (surprise!) your kids grew out of last year’s winter clothes once again. But as long as your little ones are bundled up in their warm ski suits, they’ll happily spend hours playing in the snow and enjoying winter sports.
Kids’ snowsuits need to be water-resistant with sturdy zippers and seams so they don’t wear out before your children do! Also, keep in mind that sizing varies widely from brand to brand, and also depends on the build of your particular kid. If you’re not sure on size, or if your child is between sizes, consider ordering both sizes to try. Many of these selections offer free returns on the size that doesn’t fit. Or you can keep the bigger one for next year—you know you’re going to need it. Here are our picks for the best ski and snowsuits for kids.
1. Cremson Baby Puffer Pram Bag
We nearly died from the cuteness when we saw this adorable “pram bag,” (also known as a bunting), just perfect for a newborn or infant (sized 0 to 6 months). Available in three colors with a faux fur trimmed hood, the down alternative filling keeps your little one warm, while their cute little legs stay tucked together inside. #Squee
2. L.L. Bean Infants’ and Toddlers’ Cold Buster Snowsuit
Let’s face it: Babies do NOT enjoy being inserted into a snowsuit! Make your job easier by picking up L.L. Bean’s Infants’ and Toddlers’ Cold Buster Snowsuit, which features a full zip front. Available in 2T to 4T in three color patterns, the wind- and water-resistant fabric is lightweight so children can comfortably move around. Thinsulate insulation adds warmth without bulk, while the knees, seat and elasticized Velcro-closure cuffs are reinforced for added durability. The zip vent slides easily over winter boots, and the nylon gators keep ice and snow out. It fits slightly large, making it perfect for layering in different temperatures.
3. Carter’s Boys’ Character Snowsuit
Because it’s way easier to wrangle a squirming pre-schooler into a ski suit when there are cute dinosaurs on it, you’ll want to check out Carter’s Boys’ Character Snowsuit. This waterproof two-piece set comes with a ski bib that zips up the front, making it easy to pull on and take off. Available in Grey Camo and Green Dinosaur, this affordable kids’ snowsuit will keep your child cozy on the ski hill or in the backyard, and it’s not bulky so he or she will be able to make awesome snow angels, too. Kids can wear the jacket alone or pair it with the pants for outdoor play.
4. Hello Kitty Girls Snowsuits
Toddler girls who love a little bling will get dressed lickety-split with the Hello Kitty Girls Snowsuits, which come in four adorable color combinations and sizes ranging from 12 months to 5. A puffer jacket with fleece insulation and faux-fur trimmed hood keeps kids warm and dry in all winter conditions, and cinched ankles keep rain and snow out of your child’s boots—that’s one temper tantrum prevented! An elastic waist with adjustable straps on the snow bib maintains body heat while providing a snug fit. And the sparkly Hello Kitty zipper pulls make it fun to get ready for daycare or school. Bonus: No need to worry about getting down and dirty, since this snow suit for kids can be tossed into the washing machine and dryer.
5. Pink Platinum Girls’ Snowmobile Snowsuit
Sometimes, you need heavy-duty winter wear for extra-cold climates. Available in charcoal and pink, the Pink Platinum Girls’ Snowmobile Snowsuit has a polar fleece lining for added warmth, and an easy-to-pull zipper closure. With elastic cuffs featuring a Velcro tab, you can tuck mittens inside so no snow will creep in. Ankle gaiters with zippers make it a cinch to pull over your child’s boots. The elastic waist makes for a snug fit, too. Since this snow suit for kids runs a bit small, you may want to size up.
6. M2C Boys Thicken Warm Hooded Striped Ski Snowsuit
If your kids want a sharp-looking snowsuit, the M2C Boys Thicken Warm Hooded Striped Ski Snowsuit comes in a range of colors and sizes for kids aged 2 through 12. Made of polyester water- and windproof fabric, the soft velveteen lining will keep active kids toasty-warm all season. There’s an insulated hood and pants with suspenders and a snow bib that goes up to the neck. It’s the perfect kids snowsuit for snowboarders and skiers. Bonus: These snowsuits for kids run large, so your child won’t need another set in the middle of the winter!
7. iXtreme Insulated Two-Piece Snowsuits
Looking for a ski suit for kids that doesn’t break the bank and still keeps your kiddo warm and cozy? iXtreme offers two-piece snowsuits for kids in sizes 2T to 4 that do a great job for less money. The company also makes a one-piece version.
8. Skijakkeset Youth Girls and Boys Snow Suit
If your family spends weekends in the mountains, you’ll want to pick up the Skijakkeset Youth Girls and Boys Snow Suit. These wind- and waterproof two-piece sets are available in nearly two dozen color and pattern combinations in sizes 4 through 16. The ski jacket’s breathable fabric features a Texapore waterproof membrane designed for temperatures reaching -30 degrees, a removable insulated hood, a snow bib with pocket, and another pocket on the arm to store your ski pass. Elastic adjustable cuffs and gator closure at the ankles keep snow and water out of your kids’ ski boots. Ideal for snow-shoeing, sledding and hiking, these bright snowsuits for kids are designed to embrace winter.
9. OshKosh B’Gosh Boys’ Little Ski Jacket and Snowbib Snowsuit Set
Looking for a high-quality snow suit for your toddler or pre-schooler? OshKosh B’Gosh Boys’ Little Ski Jacket and Snowbib Snowsuit set offers great style at an affordable price for chilly days. Choose either red with black pants or bright blue with navy pants. The heavyweight coat will keep little guys warm, and the machine washable suit features adjustable straps on the snow bib. This ski suit for kids runs a little small, so purchase one size up to make it through the whole season.
10. Skechers Boys’ 2-Piece Heavyweight Snowsuit
If your son likes to look cool but feel warm, grab the Skechers Boys’ 2-Piece Heavyweight Snowsuit. Available in five fun color block print patterns and in sizes from 2T to 16, this sturdy suit offers high-end construction at a super low price. Featuring a zippered closure, an adjustable snow bib and several functional pockets to store a granola bar or extra mittens, this kids snowsuit can be washed in the machine to keep it looking brand-new. Bonus: Get the same snowsuit for your girls.
11. Columbia Youth Unisex Toddler Double Flake Set
Because toddlers and pre-schoolers grow in giant spurts right AFTER we outfit them new clothes for the winter, Columbia’s Youth Unisex Toddler Double Flake Set is a smart buy. Not only is the nylon fabric waterproof and the insulated filling lightweight yet designed to withstand frigid temperatures, but the Outgrown System allows you to adjust the jacket as your child gets bigger and taller. Available in five mix-and-match color combos up to size 4T for boys and girls, the set has two side pockets, elastic cuffs, plus a fleece-lined adjustable hood and reflective detailing. Bonus: A reinforced seat and articulated knees make this snowsuit perfect for super-active kids.
12. Carter’s Kid 2-Piece Parka & Snow Bib Set
Stylish and functional, Carter’s Kid 2-Piece Parka & Snow Bib Set comes in sizes 4 through 14, and its durable and water-resistant design works for kids from kindergarten until middle school. Featuring multiple pockets in the jacket and the bib, plus a zip front and a fleece-lined hood, collar and back section, this machine washable ski suit keeps kiddos toasty on the ski slopes, the toboggan run or at the outdoor skating rink. Reviewers say these suits fit true to size.
Montreal-based Wendy Helfenbaum is a journalist, content strategist and TV producer who writes for dozens of digital and print magazines, as well as many brands. Wendy loves cruising, adventure travel and venturing off the beaten path with her husband and teenage son, and she can pack a carry-on bag like nobody’s business. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.