WHAT SKI CLOTHES DO I NEED?
With base and mid-layers, you’ll only need a shell jacket on top to keep out any wind and water. The price depends on the material, with waterproofing and breathability being the big variables. If you’re not planning to do anything too strenuous, look for a waterproofing of around 10,000mm and breathability of around 10,000g. Elastic powder skirts (inside the bottom of the jacket) are great for keeping out snow, while pockets in the arms are handy for storing your lift pass. And with a range of colours and fits, you’re sure to find something stylish for the mountain.
Salopettes / Ski Pants
Salopettes, or ski pants, should be waterproof and breathable too. Make sure they have an elastic cuff at the bottom of each leg – these seal around your boot and stop snow from getting inside and vents for temperature regulation. Loose fits are popular with boarders as they have a greater range of movement and flexibility.
A warm pair of waterproof gloves or mittens are essential. Some styles even come with a detachable inner layer, making it easier to hold your aprs drink. Make sure they’re snug, with enough room to pinch your fingers, and that your palm is completely inside the cuff.
Knee-high merino-wool ski socks provide the best padding and support, and wick away moisture to keep your tootsies toasty. Aim to pack two or three pairs per week and don’t wear more than one pair at a time as this restricts blood flow.
These are usually a long-sleeved top and legging-style-bottom combination we recommend you pack about two of each. Avoid cotton. Instead, go for thin, lightweight and close-fitting synthetic options they’re perfect for all weathers and are quick drying, leaving you feeling fresh and warm all day.
For sub-zero temperatures, mid-layers are essential. Fleeces tend to be made using highly breathable man-made synthetic or the more sustainable merino wool, and come in different weights. A lightweight fleece is the best option for intense activities, but if you’re a beginner, its worth going for a heavier mid-layer to keep warm.