Are you planning on hitting the ski slopes for the first time this winter? Packing the right clothes can be a challenge because you will be dealing with a range of different activities and temperatures. Learning to ski is a fun and exciting experience, and having the proper clothing and accessories will allow you to focus on improving your skills without being distracted by the elements. Make sure you have everything that you need to transition from relaxing by the fireplace to standing atop a snowy mountain. The following items are essential for you to have a warm, comfortable and fashionable ski trip:
A warm ski jacket and snow pants
Choose a well-insulated jacket that fits comfortably over your clothes. Make sure that the sleeves are long enough to keep your arms warm on the slopes and will not expose your arms to the wind. Choose a jacket that has lots of pockets, and check the tags to see if it is made of a waterproof and breathable fabric. A good quality ski jacket will insulate your body's heat and keep you comfortable on the slopes. Find a pair of matching ski pants that are comfortable, easy to move in, and allow you to have all the flexibility that you need to ski like a pro.
When you are ready to call it a day, make sure that you have the perfect pajamas. An all-in-one onesies will keep you cozy and comfortable long after you turn the lights out. Find one with a fun pattern or print that reflects your personal style. No other piece of clothing will keep you warm from head to toe.
A few warm sweaters
You will find yourself adjusting to indoor and outdoor temperatures several times a day while you are out on the slopes. Protect yourself from overheating by layering your clothing under your ski jacket. A fitted sweater or zip-up hoodie will fit close to your body and keep you warm, without adding bulky layers that make it difficult for you to move around.
Gloves or mittens
Although mittens limit your ability to use your fingers as much as you can normally, they keep your hands incredibly warm. Some skiers prefer gloves because they make it easier to adjust bindings and zippers. Bring a few pairs with you so you can choose a pair that works best for you, depending how much warmth or flexibility you need. It's also a good idea to have a back-up pair in case your gloves get wet from the snow.
Hat or headband
The most important part of staying warm in the beautiful outdoors is keeping your head covered. If you are planning on wearing a helmet, make sure you bring a hat fits underneath it. Headbands are a good option if you plan on wearing a hooded jacket. This will keep your ears and forehead protected from the wind.
Aside from your ski boots, make sure to bring some comfortable boots that you can wear on your way to and from the slopes. Make sure they are waterproof and have enough tread to keep you safe on icy surfaces. It's also a good idea to buy them one or two sizes larger than you normally wear in case you are planning on layering your socks.
Leggings are by far the best option for layering underneath your ski pants. They fit perfectly into your boots and keep you warm without restricting movement. Whether you are conquering the toughest slope or relaxing by the fire, leggings are a fashionable and functional must-have for your ski trip.
Sunglasses, Lip balm and sunscreen
Just because it's cold outside, doesn't mean you are safe from the sun's powerful rays. The snow is also known to reflect UV rays causing your skin to become dry and prone to sun burns. Make sure to apply some sunscreen on the exposed areas of your face. Lip balm will protect you from windburn as well. Always remember to protect your eyes with a great pair of well-fitted sunglasses. Look for an athletic pair that is aerodynamic, fits close to your face, and can be worn under a helmet or hood.
Megan Barnes loves winter sports. She often blogs about the practical side of enjoying the cold outdoors.