The Best Snow Toys for Families

Serious toys to get the newest members of your clan addicted to winter fun

Sure, tiny skis and snowboards are cuteā€”but they rip just as hard as their full-size counterparts.     Photo: Jared eberhardt/Flickr

Snow sports aren't just for adults. Send the kids down groomers today—when you're skiing with your grandkids decades from now, you'll be glad you did. 


Ski Boots

Roces's adjustable IDEA ski boots.   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Thanks to an accordion-like insert in the liner of Roces's adjustable Idea Ski Boots ($136), a turn of a dial is all it takes to ratchet this boot up or down four sizes. Genius!


Child Carrier

Chariot Carrier Cougar 2.   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Because you can run, walk, bike, and ski with it, Chariot Carrier's Cougar 2 ($620) is the most versatile child carrier out there. Like all the optional add-ons, the XC Ski Kit ($250) is quick and easy to attach—and makes for a wicked classic cross-country or skate-skiing workout.


Slalom Sled

Mountain Boy Sledworks Slalom Sled.   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Mountain Boy Sledworks Slalom Sled ($130) is a serious ripper: wide enough for good flotation in powder and, thanks to plastic runners on its underbelly, capable of carving a pretty mean turn on firmer snow, too.


Wooden Skis

Lucky Bums' Heirloom Collection Youth Wooden Skis.   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

With no metal edges and a plastic binding that fits just about any winter boot, Lucky Bums' Heirloom Collection Youth Wooden Skis ($70) are the perfect starter skis for sledding hills or snowy trails. Tip: Start out using Lucky Bums' Ski Trainer leash system ($40); a grab loop on the back of the harness makes it easy to offer guidance and prevent hard falls.


Snowshoes

Tubbs Flex Jrs.   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Tubbs Flex Jrs. ($60) have the same smart features as the adult version—easy adjustment, great traction—but cost a third as much. For kids 40 to 90 pounds.


Snow Wagon

L.L. Bean's Rambler Winter Wagon Set.   Photo: Inga Hendrickson

When the snow arrives, swap out the ten-inch pneumatic tires (not pictured) on L.L. Bean's Rambler Winter Wagon Set ($200) for these sturdy skis. Just be careful on off-camber trails: the wagon can be a bit tippy.

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