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How to Shop for Ski Attire: Everything You Need to Know

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Yes, I know it’s the middle of the summer and super HOT! But before you know it, it will be time to start planning your winter get away. Don’t be caught at the last minute looking for everything you need this winter travel season.

Going on a ski trip? Don’t pack lightly. You need to pack enough apparel to cover everything you’ll need once you’re out there in the thick of the snow and the winter breeze. You have to keep yourself as warm as you can outside without smothering yourself in restrictive clothing.

Shopping for Ski Gear

Don’t just pull on a pair of designer ski jackets from Bogner’s, or an unusually thick pair of snow boots from Moncler, and deem yourself ready for the freezing weather. To fully enjoy your skiing activity, here’s everything you need to know about ski attire – what’s necessary and what you can do without.

Shopping for Ski Attire: The Necessities

Layering is essential in your ski wear ensemble. Air temperatures fluctuate depending on the time, day, and elevation of the resort. Additionally, body temperature also varies because it depends on the force you exert when you ski. Multiple layers help you regulate your body temperature.

  • Underwear, socks, and gloves optimized for the cold weather

Wear quick drying underwear on your ski trip. You should shop for thermal underwear that keeps your body heat in without letting the sweat accumulate underneath your clothes. Choose underwear made of synthetic fabric to keep sweat away from your skin while keeping you warm.

Buy one pair of ski socks, preferably also thermal to keep your feet from sweating too much under your ski boots. Buy socks that are thin but warm once you wear them. It’s important to choose one with padding, so your shin doesn’t rub up against the rough surface of your ski boots.

Don’t forget to bring gloves for your trip. Choose ski gloves because these allow you to move comfortably while clutching a ski pole. Thick ski gloves help you grip things better because of its outer rubber lining. If you plan on skiing under harsh climate, buy one that has wrist protection and an inner glove.

  • BaseLayer

Your base layer is literally your first layer of clothing right after your underwear and socks. The purpose of thermal wear is to keep you dry no matter how sweaty you get. Wear a thermal shirt and thermal pants to help you regulate body heat without letting you stew in your own sweat underneath.

Shopping for Ski Gear

  • MidLayer

Mid-layer clothing serves as an in-between your outer jacket and your base thermal clothing. For especially cold places, you need to wear a thick enough jacket that still permits movement. Fleece clothing helps wick sweat away and insulate your body without appearing bulky.

  • Jacket

Your ski jacket is your outermost layer. This is the thickest among all of your ski apparel but has the same function as all the other layers. You can choose to use a waterproof shell jacket as your outer layer, which provides you with breathable protection from the wind while securing your inner layers from dampness.

  • Pants

You can choose to wear ski pants over your thermal pants. The extra layer of clothing is useful for extra insulation. Additionally, check both your thermal pants and base layer pants for leg vents so you’ll have an outlet for your sweat and it doesn’t gather underneath all of your layers.

Tailor what you’re wearing to the weather of the place you’re going to visit. If you know you’re heading to an area known for its extremely low or freezing temperature, then it’s best to bring the thickest ski apparel you own. All ski resorts are cold; other places simply have colder temperatures than others.

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