Best Kids' Gear for an Active Winter

Round-up of the best cross-country ski and snowshoe options for adventures in the snow this winter.

For Adventures in the Snow
Atlas Spark 20 & Echo 20
Built on Atlas' proven, proprietary V-Frames and solid tempered steel toe and heel traction, the Spark 20 and Echo 20 offer the performance needed to keep kids smiling and hiking all day. The new Spark and Echo are designed and sized to fit fast-growing adventurers ages 8 to 12, with cool new boys' and girls' graphics. The simple and intuitive Grom binding hugs the foot, providing warmth, eliminating pressure points and reducing the hassle of straps. The fixed toe cord keeps the snowshoe underfoot and allows easier maneuverability. Featuring hallmark Atlas durability, these snowshoes are built with sturdy materials that stand up to kid's abuse.
SRP: $79.95

Atlas Sprout 17 & Mini 17 Kids
The bright new designs on the Sprout 17 and Mini 17 boys' and girls' snowshoes will instill winter's wonder in young children ages 4 to 8. The smaller-sized Grom bindings are easy-to-use and comfortable on little feet. The molded V-Frame decks provide stability and durability for snow play, while maintaining the functionality and effortless stride of an adult V-Frame shape. The Snowflake Molded Traction accompanies the steel toe crampon to provide excellent grip without excess metal, and kids will love to see the Atlas snowflake stamps left in the snow. SRP $59.95

Tubbs FLEX JR.
The same award-winning FLEX TailT design and technology featured in the Tubbs FLEX series for men and women is tailored to fit junior size 11 to men's size 6 boots. Traction rails with rounded corners give kids safe, go-anywhere grip, and the simple QuickLockT binding lets kids take control. With kid-friendly graphics and a comfortable fit, the FLEX JR. appeals to kids and parents alike. SRP $59.95

Tubbs Storm
Designed for kids 6 to 10 years old and featuring a tapered frame and shape, the QuickLockT binding and fun graphics, the Storm is a kid's delight. Perfect for first snowshoeing adventures, the Storm even lets parents off the hook with the QuickLockT binding, which locks with one swift push of the strap. SRP $69.95

Tubbs Snowflake
Designed for young adventurers, 3-6 years old, the Snowflake's fun design features an easy 2-step binding and, best of all, a sticker pack for boys and girls to customize their snowshoes. SRP: $29.95

Madshus Snow Pup Cross-Country Skis
Suitable for children under 4 years or up to 55 pounds, the Snow Pup cross-country skis designed with ease and simplicity in mind, perfect for children ready to take their first strides. They are short in length (85c) and offer a gentle sidecut- a combination perfect for easy sliding. The skis waxless base provides grip making uphill a breeze. Universal step-in binding system accommodates almost any winter boot and is easily adjusted. Tough polyurethane construction ensures maximum durability and the extra-wide profile offers a stable platform for building confidence and developing balance. SRP $60