Last week we braved the long drive, the blizzardy weather, the LOUDEST two children on earth and made a family mini-vacation in the snow happen. I’m going to need a whole year to recover before I attempt that again so I hope our little guys loved every second of it lol! (Secretly I did too x).
Getting your family snow-ready is really an exercise in layering. Dave and I have plenty of snowboarding gear – enough to outfit Ethan, so we just needed some updated thermals to get the 3 biggest Jacks packed. This would be Nixon’s first visit to the snow so we needed to outfit him from the ground up. Much easier than it sounds when your scheduling means you’re shopping for snow gear in Spring!
I found some little snow boots for Nix in a clearance sale and picked up everything else at Macpac. They launched their new Spree Kids Ski range this season and it’s filled me with envy – I want his ski jacket and pants in an adult size, they are seriously amazing!
The first day we headed up to Turoa was in gale conditions, but, as the kids were jonesing to see snow we headed up the hill for a little play. It was freezing! I’ve never been so cold in my life. Dave and I had neglected to put on our new Macpac Geothermals that morning but thankfully the boys were toasty and warm in theirs!
I couldn’t believe that despite making snow angels in those conditions Nixon remained completely dry and warm – he pretty much spent the whole time we were there crawling around on his tummy in snow drifts so the waterproof membrane on the Spree pants and jacket passed the toddler test really well!
Our second day on the mountain was much improved. Nix got on skis for the first time and had a blast, Ethan nailed his snowboarding lesson in the morning and charged hard all day with a friend he’d made in the class and I rented some skis for the first time (after snowboarding for 14 years!) and loved it! Dave got the solo-mission and headed way up the hill for some good runs while I hung out with the kids and cheered Ethan on throughout the afternoon.
Our final runs were made with blue skies overhead and big smiles on everyone’s faces. An awesome day made super-easy as neither of the boys ended up cold or wet, which meant no complaining!
A parenting win!
Things I LOVE about the Macpac Spree Ski Wear
- The Spree Ski Pants come with the ‘Space to Sprout’ system meaning Nix will get two seasons from one pair! You just unpick the red stitching in the lining to grow each leg by 4cm!
- Both jacket and pants have a waterproof, breathable membrane with insulation
- Available in sizes 4-12
- The hood on the jacket doesn’t fall down!
- Waist snow gaiter on Spree jacket – perfect for preventing cold tummies during snow angel sessions
- The Spree pants have velcro waist adjustment tabs
- Nixie’s Mitts stayed on all day with no fussing from the little guy – snowballs ahoy!