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Dressing for Downhill Skiing

How to Dress Appropriately for Downhill Skiing

Dressing properly for a day out skiing in the winter can make the event enjoyable.   When you are downhill skiing, you spend a lot of the day on the chair lift, and therefore, stationary.  You may not work up as much as a sweat as you do in other outside winter activities.

You should have a minimum of three layers on: inner, middle and outer.

Your inner layer should be a wicking thermal layer-think long johns.  You should have an upper body and lower body set of underwear for this layer.

The middle layer should be your thermal layer…think fleece, long sleeved pullover etc.  This layer would be suffice if you are out on a warm winter day.

Your outer layer should be a warm jacket that is water and wind resistant.  You will want to invest in a pair of snow pants with the same qualities.   You want this layer to keep you warm throughout the day.

Don’t forget to treat your feet with the same due care that you did the rest of your body.  You want to wear one pair of wicking thin socks and a thicker pair to keep your toes warm and comfortable. Long, knee high ski socks are also helpful for winter skiing.   They help to protect your body from the hard ski boot that you wear.

You might like to wear a toque on your head, the knitted variety is fine.  This will help keep the warmth in your body, and keep your ears warm!

For your hands, choose a pair of gloves that are thin enough to allow you full control of your poles, but warm enough to keep your hands at a comfortable temperature.  I find that if I am wearing mittens, my hands get too hot but if I am wearing gloves, they are too cool.

Also helpful for downhill skiing is a neck warmer, or balaclava.  It can get quite cold on the mountain, and these articles can help your face to stay covered and protected when you get flying down those runs.

Safety- remember to wear a helmet and goggles!