A few people have been calling the Innovation office asking what they should wear for skiing at Innovation In The Snow so we thought we’d do this piece advising you of the basics. Of course your ski hire package includes skis, ski boots & poles, or if you opt for snowboard gear you will get the board & boots, but you will need to bring your own clothing to wear on the slopes. Reasonable priced ski wear can be purchased from shops like Sports Direct, Matalan, TK Maxx, Millets, check out somewhere like Primark for your thermal base layer, maybe even check Ebay for a second hand jacket & ski trousers. If you don’t want to buy a ski outfit for your first time why not look into borrowing from a friend or hiring? Remember if you are new to skiing you can join ski school in the resort to learn the basics and get the most out of your time on the slopes.
ALL GOOD SKI OUTFITS START WITH A BASE LAYER
The main purpose of a base layer of long johns and a long-sleeved t-shirt is to keep you dry, not warm. Nothing makes you colder more quickly than wet cloth against your skin, and a base layer is designed not only to be extremely un-absorbent, but also to actively transfer water, or sweat, away from your skin (a process called wicking). Manufacturers use either man-made fabrics, such as polyester and polypropylene, wool, or – newest of all – bamboo. Man-made fabrics are good at keeping you dry – but get smelly quickly. Woollen base layers don’t wick as well – but they have a natural odour-eating capability which means you can wear them for several days without having to wash them. Proper ski socks will both keep your feet warm & minimize the chance of you getting blisters. base layers
LOTS OF THIN LAYERS WILL KEEP YOU WARMER THAN ONE THICK ONE
Base layer sorted? Then it’s time to add a fleece or thin sweaters on top. When it comes to staying warm, lots of layers like this work better than one thick one because they trap more air – and trapped air is a great insulator. They’re also a lot more comfortable than one bulky jumper. The key thing is to avoid cotton which soaks up water like a sponge and loses all its insulating capacity as soon as it’s wet. The other benefit of layering up is its flexibility. Carry a rucksack on the mountain, and you can adjust your clothing throughout the day to suit the weather and your work rate. So you might start with three layers in the morning when it’s cold, and then progressively strip down as it warms up. By the way, it’s rare, except in the coldest winters, to need to layer up on your legs. On their own, long johns and a pair of ski trousers will almost always do the trick.
FINISH WITH A WATERPROOF, BREATHABLE JACKET AND TROUSERS
Almost every sensible ski outfit is topped off by waterproof, breathable trousers or salopettes and a jacket. Gore Tex is still the gold standard when it comes to fabric, but really high-performance gear like this is only really necessary when you’re an advanced skier. Some technical features are worth paying extra for:
A high collar which you can pull up over your chin is a bonus on cold and windy days.
Venting zips under your arms and on your legs will cool you down when it’s warm and sunny.
Lycra inner cuffs, which hook over your thumbs, will stop the snow going up your arms.
High-quality zips are always welcome (zip are often the first things to break) – accompanied by a secure flap over the top to keep out the wind.
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GOGGLES, GLOVES AND HELMET ARE ESSENTIAL EXTRAS
Goggles are idea for low light and bad weather days, but a pair of wrap-round sunglasses should be suitable for when the sun is out. Always pick lenses which offer 100% UVA and UVB protection, the sun reflects off the snow & can get very bright. When it comes to gloves, most holidaymakers don’t need anything more than a £20 pair of ski gloves Finally: don’t forget your ski helmet! The risk of head and neck injuries is reduced by 35% if you wear a ski helmet. These can be hired in resort when you go to pick up your skis & boots. boots Book up your Innovation In The Snow ski / clubbing weekender today. This event is open to everyone, even if you’ve never skied before, as well as those who just want to come for the night time club events.