10 best kids' ski jackets

Whether your family’s heading for the slopes or sledging in the park,  IndyBest finds coats to keep young snow fans warm and dry

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Whether it’s snowball fights in the park or Klosters for the start of the season, a great ski jacket will keep your young ones snug and dry till spring. Our army of mini skiers snowploughed their way through the best buys on sale this winter

{1} Boys Classic Ski Jacket: £80, raindrops.co.uk

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With added Teflon, this jacket is ideal for rolling in slush  as it repels water and is  quick-drying too. From Swedish brand Ketch, it has sensible Scandi features you don’t always find in kids’ jackets, like thumbholes in the cuffs and underarm vents that will help little snow bunnies cool down fast.

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{2} Roxy Jet Ski Girl Snow Jacket: £99.99, surfdome.com

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The funkiest styling of the jackets we tested – our choosy 11-year-old tester didn’t want to take it off. It’s a slimmer fit than the others and the fabric is so hi-tec it does a great job of being ultra-warm without the bulk of some coats. In a bright leopard print, it will appeal to young fashionistas.

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{3} F&F Active Checked Ski Jacket: £32, clothingattesco.com

 

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This online exclusive from Tesco is great for the price.  It comes in two colour ways and has an integral snow-skirt to keep warmth in and  snowballs out.

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{4} Aldi Skiwear: £14.99 Aldi (in store from  4 December)

 

 

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Not the heaviest or most technical jackets here, but this certainly kept our tester toasty and dry during an afternoon of snow dome skiing. Amazing price for the jacket alone, but what’s this? Gaitered salopettes are included too? They’re only available for a limited time so get there quickly.

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{5} Burton Uproar Jacket: £99, ellis-brigham.com

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The American snowboarding label may just have come up with a solution for the young scamps in your life who hate wearing jackets. Trick them into thinking they’re wearing a shirt and a hoodie instead! Snow proof, breathable, and sub-zero cool.

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{6} Boden Snowboard Jacket: From £60, boden.co.uk

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This sturdy and storm-proof jacket is what you’d expect of Boden quality – in other words, get a waiting list sorted for who’d like the hand-me-down as it’ll be good as new for a few years yet. Available in a range of natty patterns.

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{7} Jack Wolfskin Junior Ice Camp Jacket: £39.99, getthelabel.com

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As cosy as an après-ski hot chocolate, this fibre-filled number has an advantage over its more expensive down equivalents in that you can bung it in the washing machine. It lacks a few pockets for ski paraphernalia, so better for sledging than tackling black runs.

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{8} Arctic Peak 3 in 1 Ski Jacket: £45, muddypuddles.com

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They’ve thought of everything – goggle and lift pass pockets, a soft zip-out inner fleece, removable hood, reflectors, detachable snow skirt, even an MP3 pocket with rubberised hole to feed headphones through. Fantastic value for a top-quality, very clever jacket.

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{9} Kozi Kidz Alaska Parka: From £89, kozikidz.com

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One for après ski, our  mini-tester liked the fact that the fur trim on the hood is removable. This is real quality – with storm flaps, taped seams, inner cuffs and a weatherproof fabric, the longer jacket length keeps backsides dry no matter how many tumbles are taken.

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{10} Moncler Bady Jacket: £507, store.moncler.com

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The ultimate in ski jackets, with down filling as soft as powder snow and a price tag to make your goggles steam up. Beckham, Paltrow, Ciccone, er, Rooney… just some of the celebrity names that wear this French-Italian ski brand. But what about that avalanche print? Beautiful.

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Verdict: It’s hard to resist a bargain like the Aldi deal and we’d definitely recommend this jacket salopettes for light use and warmer days at the end of the ski-ing season. For design, top marks to Burton and Roxy for their head-turners. But for us, the best coat for the cash here is the Muddy Puddles Arctic Peak 3 in 1. Versatile and most importantly, snug on the slopes.

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