Children this winter will be turning out for fun in the snow in clothes that are scaled-down versions of the best adult ski garb. Both ski wear and snow suit manufacturers are now making quilted nylon parkas and sleek-fitting stretch pants in sizes 4-16. Children's reversible sweaters, protective helmets, goggles and gloves all have FIS authenticity. Even the nonskier will look like a pro with new laced rubber galoshes made to resemble ski boots. Whether a kid is a slalomer in Vermont or a snowball battler in Central Park, he can forsake the bulky snow suit for the sleek look of the ski racer.
The young man schussing down a trail (above left) now looks the part he's trying to play. His heavy, trim, reversible wool sweater is green and yellow and is made in Austria by Meister. It costs $15. The gold stretch pants by Bogner (58% wool for warmth and 42% nylon stretch for growing) have two-inch green stripes down the sides ($24). The helmeted youngster (above) is wearing a reversible black and light-blue diamond-quilted nylon parka with a concealed hood, by Sport-caster ($16). His blue Bogner stretch pants cost $23. All of the clothes are available at the Scandinavian Shop, New York City.
Fur parkas also are cut with the same dash as their grown-up counterparts. The one on the left is made by Jules Andre of lightweight baronduki fur with lynx trimming ($65 plus federal tax). The box-quilted nylon parka has a hood bordered in natural red fox and is made by Ernst Engel. It comes in 14 colors and costs $30 at Andy's, Sugarbush, Vt.
The lightweight Antron shell jacket (above) has a Dacron-filled quilted lining. There are two concealed rows of snap buttons on the inside, enabling it to be worn short, medium or car-coat length. It costs $22.50 in sizes 6-8 and $30 in boys' sizes 14-18, is made by Sportcaster and can be bought at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City. New this year also are the Edelweiss water-repellent Thermo Stretch pants. They have a polyurethane foam interlining laminated to a wool-and-Orion lining, and come in sizes 4-12 for boys and girls ($12 at the Scandinavian Shop).
The new thermal socks for children are similar to those used on several Himalayan expeditions and by the 1960 German Olympic ski team. Made of 50% wool, 30% nylon crepe and 20% viscose, with a smooth weave on the outside and terry cloth knit on the inside, they are lightweight and warm. They come in six colors and two children's stretch sizes, are imported by Iselin and cost $3 a pair.
These racing gloves ($4) are made of horse-hide with reinforced padded knuckles. Wool-lined, they have wool knit cuff's, and are imported from Japan by the Scandinavian Shop.
This natural seal after-ski boot ($20) is also well-suited for general outdoor wear. Made in Canada, it has a tan rubber ribbed sole, leather binding and a wool fleece lining.
Any schuss-booming youngster and all kids who enter competitive events need some kind of head protection on the slopes. The Scandinavian Shop has just the thing—a molded-plastic helmet ($15) that not only is lightweight and tough but has a suspension webbing and rubber crown piece on the inside. Though not yet approved by the FIS, it should help prevent injuries. Another good safety item for youngsters are well-fitting goggles that cut glare and wind. These have rubber frames with foam-rubber lining and interchangeable smoke and amber lenses. They cost $1.25.
Duofold's red thermal ski underwear comes in sealed-down sizes for youngsters. This set costs $9 (top or bottom $4.50 each). The Henke ski boots (below) are called Speedfit Juniors. Depending on size, prices range front $29.50 to $37.50, at the Scandinavian Shop.
Strictly for tramping through the snow, and not for action on the slopes, is the black rubber ski boot (below). It is imported by Iselin and costs $7 (small size) and $10 (large).