Our eldest had already taken part in 2 years of ski school prior to our [tropical] leave, from there she segued into surfing - kid's a natural.
Our youngest is going from surfing, now into ski-school. Both of them will get very good, very quickly.
Their DNA at least from daddy's side is that of a former career big mountain skier, and as a teenager, a provincials team gate basher. Their mum's no slouch either - competitive gymnast and damn fine on 2 sticks might I add. They got good mountain DNA folks.
So - key here is, they grow quickly, they need warmth and comfort and waterproof clothing. Those are the soft goods. I've got the hard goods covered 100% (skis, boots, bindings, etc.). It's clothes we're scratching our heads about and knowing that next years' stuff won't fit them, no, Arcteryx and top-notch branding isn't necessary - it's function before form.
"I'm addicted to surfing."