Surprisingly enough, even though you’re outside in the winter, you will perspire! Layering is the key. You don’t need to invest in specific clothing, but dressing appropriately in ski resort attire is important and may be done by selecting items from your existing wardrobe and wearing them in suitable combinations.
Insulated snow pants and a snug fitting base layer (long underwear) are highly recommended for your comfort. By the way, don’t tuck your pants into your boots. Snow pants are designed to fit over the tops of your boots. The only things that go inside your boots are your feet and your socks. Good waterproof pants are invaluable!
A long-sleeved shirt (a turtle neck is a great idea) with a sweater and medium weight jacket offers a variety of options should the temperature change on the ski resort. On very cold days, a layer of long underwear worn on the upper body is a great insulator and may always be removed if conditions warrant. A winter jacket with armpit vents can be very effective at regulating body temperature.
Cover your head! Your body loses 80% of its heat through your head. A hat is essential! A warm wool or fleece hat is ideal. Don’t sweat “hat hair”… you can fix it after the last run and before you head out for drinks and dinner. Helmets are not required to ski, but please seriously consider the pros and cons of wearing one.
Wear one pair of light to medium weight socks! Your boots are designed to keep you warm. Don’t cut off circulation to your toes or start your feet sweating with heavy socks. You may want to bring an extra pair to swap out during the day to keep you comfortable.
Personal preference rules here. Generally, mittens are warmer but restrict dexterity. Glove liners (available in our shop) are a viable option for some. Boarders tend to prefer long, waterproof mittens. Hand warmers (also available in our shop) are single-use pouches that produce heat for several hours and are used inside gloves or mittens.
Leave the long woolen scarf your grandmother knit for you at home. You’re much better off with a neck warmer, a non-allergenic fleece tube that slips over the head and keeps your neck toasty warm. This wonderful, inexpensive piece of apparel is actually long enough to be pulled up to cover your chin, mouth and nose.
Insulated long underwear or base layer is priceless. The best ones are made of high-tech synthetic materials, but inexpensive cotton-poly blends work fine as well.
Goggles protect your eyes from the sun and from the wind. Sunglasses are helpful, but don’t block the wind. Tearing eyes and cold temperatures are not a fun mix. Sunscreen and lip balm are recommended.
Insulated long underwear is priceless. The best ones are made of high-tech synthetic materials, but inexpensive cotton-poly blends work fine as well.