How to dress your child indoor ice skating | 2021
Most indoor ice rinks maintain a temperature between 45 and 60 degrees, depending on the temperature outside. When you dress up your child for ice skating lessons or free skating on the ice rink, your first challenge will be getting warm.
Sliders will be working out hard, so it’s important to dress your child in thin layers that can be removed easily as their bodies warm up. Avoid wearing a bulky winter coat for your child, as heavy coats make it difficult for him to move freely. A warm turtleneck under a snug fit jacket will keep your child warmer than a winter coat and allow freedom of movement.
Many girls like to wear a ski dress. If you are planning to get your daughter to take lessons, a simple skate dress and pantyhose may be a good investment. However, if she is going to ski recreationally every now and then, this may not be an investment that she wants to make.
Sweat leggings or air-compression pants are good choices for both boys and girls. Jeans do not have a lot of stretch, they absorb moisture easily, and are very slow to dry, which makes them not an ideal option for skiing.
A comfortable pair of thin, seamless socks should be one of the most important parts of a skater’s wardrobe. Socks with seams can rub against the feet and cause blisters. Because skate shoes are designed to be tight, thick socks can compress the foot and reduce circulation, making your child’s feet feel cooler more quickly.
If your child is renting snowboarding boots, bring a thick pair of socks to wear over the thin pair to provide extra padding in case the rental skates don’t fit perfectly or wear well.
For several reasons skaters should always wear gloves. Obviously, the gloves will keep the skater’s hands warm. They also provide some protection in the event of a fall on the ice or if another skater hits a fallen child.
The warm fleece hat will keep the skater’s head and ears warm. Avoid any head coverings that may impair the skater’s vision. Hoodies or rain jackets should be avoided.
For the same reason, skaters should never wear scarves, which can obstruct vision or catch a sled. Many skating rinks prohibit any kind of scarf on ice.
Girls’ hair should always be pulled back or tied up, so that it cannot reach the eyes.
Avoid letting the skater wear jewelry. Most skating rinks prohibit any kind of jewellery, which can break and fall on the ice and trip another skater.
And finally a note to parents of boys: boys will be very uncomfortable if they are told to wear white shoes. If you’ve inherited a pair of white skates that fit your child, dye them black (black shoe polish will work too, but can be messy), or cover them with black skate covers. Your son will skate with more confidence if he “fits in” with the other boys on the rink.
If your child is going to take snowboarding lessons, you can note what other students are wearing before the first lesson and talk to the instructor about appropriate attire for lessons.