Apparel - Skis
Keeping warm when you're skiing downhill
Alpine skiing is among the most popular winter sports in the world. But what to wear skiing when you’re sliding down those snow-covered hills either on pistes or off pistes? Next to the skis, choosing the right ski jacket and pants are the most important factors to consider, if you want to have a good day on the mountain.
When you’re out on the mountain, your alpine ski clothing has many functions. It has to keep you warm. Keep you dry. Let your body to breathe. Give you a comfortable fit. On top of that, it has to be as light as possible.
An average set of ski clothing consists of:
- SKI UNDERWEAR
- A PAIR OF SOCKS
- POLYESTER OR FLEECE MID LAYER
- A SKI JACKET
- A PAIR OF SKI PANTS
- A PAIR OF GLOVES
- A BEANIE
It’s also a good idea to have a pair of sunglasses or goggles, a neck warmer and a helmet.
So what to wear skiing? It might seem like a tricky question to answer, but actually, it isn't. The rule of thumb is: Think in layers, and you’ll be able to keep warm all day.
Layers are the key to success
So layers are the way to go if you want to keep comfortable, dry and warm when you are out on the mountain doing your favourite sport. Underneath you’ll find a short description of the different layers and what to think about, when preparing for a day out on the slopes.
Base layer: Consists of ski underwear which are responsible for keeping you warm and dry all day. Your ski underwear should be made from a material that transports moisture away from your skin. This will ensure that you don’t become wet and cold - which is among a skier's worst enemies. We recommend that you choose underwear that’s produced of either synthetic fabric, merino wool or silk.
Mid layer: This layer should be used to regulate your temperature. The weather on the mountain is ever-changing, and even though the forecast says sun, you can risk getting caught in bad weather and very cold temperatures. On the other hand, you can dress for a cold day, but you’ll end up enjoying the sunny and warm weather. We recommend a mid layer of either polyester or fleece.
Outer layer: Should function as a “shell” that keeps you warm and dry and consists of both a ski jacket and pair of pants. Besides that, we recommend using a hard shell jacket for those warm days. The outer layer should always be both water resistance and wind breaking to keep you warm and dry. Furthermore, a good outer layer also allows moisture to evaporate through the fabric - keeping you warm.