How to Dress for Skiing — Skiing Apparel Guide
Getting a good pair of skis and ski boots is just the beginning when it comes to putting together your skiing gear for the season. You’ll also want to make sure you have all the right apparel for this activity, including everything from cold-weather accessories to the warm layers you’ll need to wear underneath.
At Freestyle Ski & Board Shop, we’re here to help you get ready for ski season. Here’s a complete guide on how to dress for skiing so you’ll be warm and comfortable as you take on the slopes.
The most important thing to sport while skiing is a good helmet. Head injuries are a serious and potentially fatal injury that can occur when enjoying this sport, and an increasing number of skiers are wearing a helmet every single time they hit the slopes. As helmets have become more commonplace, there are also more options in terms of color and design, so you can even have fun matching it with the rest of your gear.
You should also invest in a good pair of goggles. In addition to keeping snow and debris out of your eyes, goggles protect against harmful UV rays and prevents snow blindness.
You’ll need two pieces of outerwear: a jacket and pants. Both should be made of waterproof fabric and provide some insulation against the cold, and make sure you find the perfect size in men’s, women’sand kids’ ski apparel so everyone stays comfortable.
While most of your body will stay toasty when you’re going up and down the slopes, your extremities are another story. You need to provide extra insulation for your hands, feet and head so you don’t get frostbite while skiing.
Find fully insulated, waterproof gloves that allow you to grasp your poles firmly. Many people wear a beanie hat under their helmet for extra insulation as well. A neck gaiter or balaclava is another must-have for staying warm on the slopes.
Wool socks are highly recommended as well. These socks hold in heat and dry quickly if you sweat. Avoid wearing extra-thick socks that make your boot feel too tight since restricted circulation causes your feet to feel colder.
What you wear underneath is just as important as the rest of your skiing gear. It helps to dress in layers so you can take them off as needed if you heat up considerably.
Long underwear helps keep you warm when you’re skiing. Be sure to choose a top and bottom made with a material that wicks sweat away from your skin.
On top of that, wear a light fleece or wool top. These materials help to hold in heat, but they can be easily removed if you get too warm.
Use this list to make sure you have all the necessary apparel for ski season. With these clothes and accessories, you’ll be safe, warm and comfortable during every run down the mountain.