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What To Wear Skiing

Are you planning a skiing break and wondering what you should wear? Fear not, our What To Wear Skiing guide has you covered, providing you with expert tips on all the gear you need to buy if you want to look and feel your best on the slopes… and at Aprés Ski too of course! Let us take you through the key clothing, footwear and accessories you need to consider when deciding what to wear skiing.

When considering ski clothing, you have to remember that there are truly cold days up there in the mountains, so proper thick, thermal waterproof jackets are an essential pick as your outer layer. Most good quality ski jackets come with a waterproof shell, encasing comfy and warm padding, keeping your body at a nice temperature while also preventing the wet snow from seeping through. Ski jackets come in various looks, colours and fits, with a choice of either hooded or non-hooded jackets which may come down to your preference while wearing a helmet or goggles.

Underneath your jacket, a thermal base layer is a good idea if you're the type to get cold during a day on the slopes, as well as a comfy fleece or mid layer. If you're not so worried about the cold, a simple sports t-shirt will do the job and ensure you don't feel too restricted and allow for full range of motion.

Now for your bottom half. Ski pants or salopettes should be at the top of your checklist when considering your skiing outfit. What's the difference between ski pants and salopettes? Well, salopettes are designed to be held up with braces that stretch over your shoulders, while ski pants are more like regular trousers and fitted at the waist. The choice between the two is entirely down to personal preference, with both providing comfort, warmth, waterproofing and the kind of style you will want to be seen in at Aprés Ski. You could always go for a full ski suit too, especially popular with female skiers. Remember, underneath your ski gear you can always add base layers, thermals or long Johns to really make sure the cold doesn't bite.

Now your clothing is sorted, what about footwear? While skiing, you obviously need a pair of ski boots to fit into your skis, providing the support and protection that your ankles and feet require. But when you're not skiing and just enjoying the surroundings, a pair of snow boots will keep your feet nice and toasty while also being comfy and looking great. Also appropriate here would be a pair of waterproof walking boots if you'd rather not purchase a specific pair of snow boots.

You're also going to need a fair few accessories for your skiing holiday, essential for staying warm and safe on the slopes. You need a pair of ski goggles as a bare minimum, while a ski helmet is also required at many locations and recommended to be worn at all times. On top of this, waterproof ski gloves or mittens are another must-have purchase, while thermal hats, snoods and balaclavas are always ski bag essentials, alongside thick ski socks and comfy undies. And please don't forget a pair of sunglasses because that sun and snow combo can be blinding!