What To Wear Skiing – 11 Ski Essentials

By Richard Patey / November 27, 2019

This is our beginner skiing equipment list guide to everything you need to pack for a great day on the slops and in resort.

Skiing is a sport that is reputed to be excessively expensive. However, you don’t necessarily have to wear leather and designer clothing. With a little planning, you can have an enjoyable experience in the snow at a budget that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. 

If you have the opportunity to travel and enjoy the adrenaline that skiing and mountain life fills you with, then you must look for and obtain the necessary clothing and tools to be able to practice it safely.

Of course, if it is your first time skiing, and you do not know if you are going to like it, we offer you other alternatives to buying in our eleven point list. So search no further.

Here is our list of top ski essentials:

1. Ski Jacket and Trousers

The ski jacket and ski trousers (also known as salopettes) are the essential clothing for skiing because the cold can be extreme. Before investing altogether in these, borrow them, go to the rental stores. You can save money there.

You should consider that both the trousers and the jacket are not only thick enough for warmth, but are also waterproof so that you can stay dry longer.

If you cannot borrow or rent this clothing first, check the ski stores for offers or look for sales at the nearest sports stores. Remember that this will be your first experience, so you do not need to spend heavily and buy an ultra-suit. Keep it safe and straightforward. 

2. Mid Layer

Underneath your ski outer layer is the mid layer, an inner thermal to protect the torso or the upper part from the cold. In this sense, you will manage to keep your vital organs warmer.

It is best to have light clothing between the insulation layer and the jacket. You can wear a vest. Also, these are not just for skiing. You can also use it at home in autumn or spring.

3. Inner Thermal Wear

This insulation is known as a thermal layer or base layer. An excellent thermal ensemble will allow you to be dry and isolated from external moisture. 

This ski clothing layer is the first thing you wear. Therefore, look at one that is waterproof so that you can stay dry during your experience. 

4. Sunscreen

Sunlight can be much more direct at higher altitudes. The white snow can reflect sunlight and increase the intensity of the glare. Therefore, keeping sunscreen at hand is helpful. So invest in sunscreen for your face and protection against ultraviolet rays.

5. Skis and Ski Gear (Boots & Poles)

Skis and ski boots are obviously the basics to be able to perform this sport. However, do not buy new ski boots if you are going on holiday the first time.

We recommend that you check the rental equipment first. They are usually in excellent condition and offer you the service you need. You can always go pro with your equipment later.

You will also need comfortable boots for skiing. Good ski boots will allow smooth gliding and edge control.

ski essentials for beginners

6. Ski socks

Proper ski socks offer added protection inside rigid ski boots. Take into account you need to move the toes between the socks and the boot. They can be expensive if you’re looking for specific designs. However, regular thermal socks will also work fine. 

If you have football socks, they will serve you fine, keep your foot ventilated, and warm. They also offer mobility, allowing the fingers to move between the middle and the boot.

7. Ski Helmet

As you know, skiing can be a dangerous sport, which means there is always a safety risk. A good helmet will protect you not only from hitting on the ground if you fall but from the possible blows that can be generated by other people in the same area, like a crash between skiers.

While you can buy a ski helmet, they are also offered today as part of the package for rent.

You should evaluate the strength of your ski helmet beforehand. It is a fundamental tool that can protect you from any blow. It can even save your life. There are unisex ski helmet models, which will allow you to share it with your partner.

Also, do not invest high amounts with this suit; you are just a beginner. Hence, you will not need a thermal that generates additional heat. Those are usually available in the market and are much more expensive. If you are a professional and are going for riskier and colder adventures, then you might consider expensive ones. 

8. Backpacks

It is always useful to have a ski backpack on trekking, hiking, and skiing adventures. It is a great space for storing water, a snack, whatever you need to make you feel more comfortable. You can have emergency supplies and first aid in case you run into an emergency.

You don’t need fancy ones. A simple multi-pocket backpack will do great.

9. Skiing Goggles

Ski goggles are specially designed to protect your eyes from the glare of the snow and the strong winds while you are skiing. If you can’t borrow a pair, you can buy one, but try them well before to check if they fit your face. Fitting is vital as the slightest misfit can lead to damage by strong winds.

Keep in mind that you do not need professional ski googles. You can visit the nearest sports store and look for quality lenses that protect you and are way cheaper too.

You must adjust the goggles to your face so that you can protect your eyes from not only the wind but also from the cold. Remember that it will also safeguard your view from the glare of the sun in the snow. 

You can go for preferably lighter lenses as they will provide a higher level of clarity in snow conditions, although on very bright, bluebird days, a darker lense is recommended.

10. Ski Gloves

Your hands may be exposed to cold while skiing, so ski gloves are essential to keep your hands warm and protected. Try to look for gloves that are waterproof and breathable; they will make you feel comfortable.

You can look for simple ski gloves. However, you don’t need fluffy insulating mittens that can give you more heat. If the gloves are also waterproof, they will guarantee insulation to external moisture.

11. Neck warmers

The neck area needs to be protected in cold regions with strong winds. You can use a well-placed scarf between the jacket and the coat to protect it while skiing. However, manufacturers make more efficient neck warmers with a hot, insulating material, which will allow you to protect yourself from the winds that attack the back of the neck.

If you prefer to purchase the neck warmer, look for the most economical option, which gives you the function of protecting the neck between the helmet and the jacket. This way, cold air will not sneak through.

Anything to add to our ski equipment guide list? Find it hard to search for all the items? Let us know in the comments below!

About the author

Richard Patey

Skier & boarder by day, internet marketing warrior by night :) Did a ski season with Gav in Whistler back in the day and now live between Norwich UK & Jasna SK


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