The Olympics may have ended, but don’t let ski racing skip your mind.
If you follow ski racing, you know that Beaver Creek has hosted the World Cup men’s tour for many years. In 2013, the Women’s tour also came calling.
While these races are a big deal, the World Championships are an even bigger deal. Beginning with the opening ceremonies on February 2, 2015, they close nearly two weeks later on the 15th, with 19 training and championship events in between.
Think of them as the Olympics without skates or sleds.
Kinderlift and Kinderkarry: Official World Cup Merchandise
In honor of the World Championships, Colorado entrepreneur Randy Burkland is introducing Vail 2015 branded items into his product line.
Working with the Vail Valley Foundation and the 2015 committee, Randy’s company, Kinderlift of Colorado is making two “official” items for kids with the 2015 logo on them.
The first is the popular Kinderlift vest, which I reviewed two seasons ago. The vest is used by ski and ride schools across the world including Vail, Copper Mountain, and Portillo in Chile.
Parents can also buy the vest, which makes it easier to pull your child back onto a chairlift, as well as pick them up when they fall. Plus, they are awfully cute!
Better Living with Bags
The second official product is new: the Kinderkarry bag.
As you may recall, I am a huge fan of bags. I believe that everyone in every ski family needs their own bag to keep their gear organized. We keep our bags packed year round – and when it’s time to ski, we just grab and go.
The Kinderkarry bag is designed for little skiers who are too small to lug a heavy backpack. Actually, it’s really designed for their parents, who may already be lugging a heavy backpack.
Made of sturdy nylon, these distinctive lime green bags will hold a little ripper’s boots, helmet, jacket, mittens, extra socks, baselayers and more. Really, they’ll take just about anything you can stuff into them.
Plus, the bag also has straps on the outside to carry little skis.
I shared a bag with some product testers (i.e. moms and dads). To a person, they liked the overall design of the bag. They found the bag roomy enough to carry everything their child needed, and they also liked how they could carry the bag “hands free” with the shoulder strap.
As one dad put it, “The bag definitely made the trip from the car to the lodge easier because I could carry all of my son’s gear and skis along with my skis and poles.”
For the most part, testers found the bag easy to use, although one family discovered that the straps lined up exactly with their son’s bindings. Solution? Compress the bag a little and move the straps to the inside of the bindings.
One parent raised the caution that you have to be aware of the skis’ position as you walk next to people and cars. If you just throw the strap over your shoulder and let the bag rest behind you, you’ll be wider than you expect.
This seems to me like good advice for all of us, of any age, carrying skis: Be aware and don’t smack anyone or anything.
Click here for more information on Kinderlift and Kinderkarry. Plus, as a thank you for reading this post and checking out Burkland’s products, take 20% off of your order with this code: KIND20.
I think that Kinderlift of Colorado makes great products, at a reasonable price. While 2015 Logo gear costs a bit more than their other product, it’s a fun way to celebrate ski racing in 2015 and make your family part of the action.
Randy Burkland has graciously offered a 2015 logo Kinderkarry bag as a giveaway today. To enter, please leave a comment.
One winner will be chosen randomly from all entries received on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Thank you to Randy Burkland and Kinderlift of Colorado for this giveaway. To facilitate this post, I received one non-logo Kinderkarry bag which I shared among friends with small children. As always, all opinions are my own (or my testers) and are exactly what we would tell our families and friends.