Gliding down a mountain through fresh snow with the sun on your face surrounding snow covered peaks, with fresh air and blue sky. For me this is the most incredible feeling on earth…
Choosing the right clothing can be pivotal in your enjoyment of your holiday. Here are a few tips I have learnt along the way!
Depending on the time of year you are going on your skiing holiday you can expect very different temperatures. If you are heading out in December, January or February you can expect much cooler temperatures and I would definitely advise investing in some base layers (I’ll come to what these are). If you are travelling in March or April you may end up finding that you are too hot out on the slopes particularly if you are a beginner, it can be pretty exhausting when learning.
Skiing can be a very expensive past time and you can spend anything on £50 up to £400 on a jacket depending on how influenced you are by fashion and the latest brands. I personally have a penchant for the more expensive items of clothing but this is generally because I am easily influenced by extremely clever advertisers! When I started to learn I made my way to the old faithful TK Maxx store on the high street where you can pick up perfectly good jackets for around £50, some of them maybe last season but they do the trick.
There are generally two types of ski jackets, winter ans spring, the spring jackets are much thinner and more breathable so make sure you know when you are going before you buy your clothing. There are many features you can get on jackets these days ranging from holes for ipods through to burger recipes (yes you heard me correctly, the latest jacket my best friend bought had a burger recipe). Here are few things that I would recommend
Again I find the best value place to buy your Salopets is TK Maxx, you can generally pick up a decent pair for around £50. However I have bought a number of pairs and the real test is how waterproof they are, I have had my recent pair of salopets for the last 3 years and they are brilliant, the last thing you want on a cold day is a wet bum. Check out Westbeach for great but more expensive salopets.
Again socks can make a huge difference to your level of enjoyment throughout your holiday. I would recommend spending between £10 – £15 per pair on your skiing socks. Click here to check out this article in the telegraph for a few suggestions
The baselayer is designed to trap a thin layer of warm air against the body and it also works to pull sweat away from the skin, which is known as ‘wicking’. There are 2 main types of fabric you can choose for a baselayer, Merino wool, or synthetic fabrics.
Merino wool is a natural fabric that is comfortable and odour resistant, but is a less effective fabric at wicking sweat. Merino is ideal for extreme cold conditions. Synthetics are lightweight and wicking alternative to merino, but are less efficient at resisting odour. However they do dry very quickly and also cost less than merino layer.
Whatever you choose- make sure you avoid cotton. Cotton soaks up sweat like as sponge and when it’s wet; it draws heat away from the body, which can cause hypothermia. (Hypothermia can be contracted even in ‘mild’ weather!)