1. Ski Jacket
This is the starting point for the rest of your outfit. Many brands offer matching trousers, but if you want a bit of variety, just be sure to keep them complementary: a red jacket will work with black or navy trousers; a blue jacket with green or yellow bottoms. And don’t skimp on fabric quality. You’ll want ventilation pockets for when you build up a sweat, and make sure your jacket is also windproof and waterproof for when the temperature drops.
2. SKI Trousers
A good pair is essential. If you buy cheap, you won’t just end up buying twice, you’ll have a very soggy holiday. Waterproofing is crucial, especially if you’re skiing in the cooler months, when snow on a chairlift means a wet bum if you’re in the wrong trousers. Yours should come with in-built gaiters that sit inside your ski boots to prevent snow getting inside your lower leg.
On the mountain, layering is key. A fleece makes a great mid-layer for when the temperature drops. If you’re lucky enough to get a warm, sunny day, it can be worn on its own in place of your jacket. It is also a great après-ski item, because beer stains on your ski jacket is not a good look.
A skier without a helmet is now quite rightly an increasingly rare sight. If you’re new to the sport, head protection should be your first investment. Not only does a helmet keep you safe on the slopes, it offers another layer of warmth. For more seasoned skiers, existing helmets must also be in good nick.
5. Base Layers
Thermals are a good idea, especially if you are skiing in the colder months of December, January and February. The high street has plenty of well-priced options with heat technology. For guaranteed insulation, look to brands such as Dare2B or Falke Performance.
6. Ski Boots
Buying skis is a big cost, they're quite a hassle to transport and the tech is changing year on year. But if you're serious about skiing having your own boots, moulded to your fee, is pretty key. Ellis Brigham is a great place to start if you're in the market for a new pair or for real specialist knowledge head to Pro Feet.
Polarised lenses are becoming more popular and big names like Oakley and POC can be a great place to start. Look out for 100% UV protection.
Hit the slopes with a backpack and you’ve got yourself somewhere to store essentials such as an extra layer, sunglasses, wallet, piste map and sun cream. For advanced skiers, many backpacks now come with ABS technology, which is advised if you’re going off piste.
Spending a little extra to ensure warm and dry hands is a firm recommendation. If your circulation isn’t the best, look into thin thermal gloves as a base layer; or stock up on hand warmers in case the temperature drops.
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