It’s almost that time of the year again- when the distant mountains will be snow-packed- waiting for you to zoom down those white slopes. Skiing is a favourite sport for everyone, and ski resorts are pre-booked months in advance in anticipation of an exciting winter holiday. However, before you head out, you need to cover up well in order to keep the chills out. Here is a list of winter apparel that’s an absolute must before you step out on the slopes. Do keep in mind that your usual cotton long johns and questionably-waterproof jacket will not do the job when it comes to the extreme weather conditions in the mountains.
Waterproof Jackets: Invest in a sturdy, waterproof and breathable jacket which offers good insulation and enables air flow with the stuffed lining. Make sure that the jacket you buy has good chest and back zips and stretch cuffs with thumbholes keep snow out of your sleeves in case of a fall. Buy jackets with bright and reflective colours which will make you visible at long distances through snowfall and fog.
Hardshell Ski Pants: Make sure to buy double layered hardshell pants with waterproof fabric. Ideally, the pants should come equipped with many pockets to keep all your essentials. There should be provision for good ventilation and articulated knees for unrestricted movements on snow. The pants should also provide zip-in gasket so that you can zip together your jacket and pants to keep the snow completely out
Insulated Shirt: Don’t forget to pack good quality insulated flannel shirts. Waterproof jacket and pants are fine for the snowy conditions, but you also need something more to keep you warm. An insulated shirt offers you warmth and comfort as you get ready to spend the day on the slopes.
Base Layer Top & Bottom: Winter is the time for layers and layers of clothing- especially in the chilly mountain air. Do invest in top quality woollens preferably made from pure merino wool. That’s because this wool is incredibly soft and gives a comfortable and odour free experience. It also offers good support for you to comfortably wear all the ski gear and ski boots.
Woolen Hat: This is another must and you should buy one with thick earflaps and cuff band on the forehead to keep the chill out. A warm woollen hat will make sure that you stay comfortably warm even in high windy conditions.
Gloves: Buy gloves which give you warmth and also make room for dexterity. You shouldn’t have to fumble with tasks like tying shoe laces and ski boot straps with complicated gloves. Look around and try some gloves on before you buy yourself a pair or two.
Balaclava: Finally, your face needs protection from the strong cold winds and snow. A balaclava is a must with all the other ski gear you pack for your trip. Look for one which has soft inner linings for comfortable wear and water and windproof fabric for complete protection. Try it on with a ski helmet to see if it offers a comfortable fit underneath the helmet. Also, make sure that it doesn’t affect your hearing capability- preferably buy ones which offer thermodynamic fabric at the ears to allow good hearing.