The Best Snow Toys for Families
Serious toys to get the newest members of your clan addicted to winter fun
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.