To head to the top of a ski hill, you'll need skis, bindings, ski boots and poles. Warm and waterproof layers of clothing are essential.
Begin with a moisture-wicking base layer of wool or capilene from neck to toe. If your feet are cold, your whole body will be cold. Make sure your socks remain dry.
Ski coats and pants can be waterproof, windproof, insulated or any combination. Wear a sweater or fleece for layering. A hat, gloves or mittens, and goggles or sunglasses are essential.
Skis come in a variety of shapes and thicknesses. Wider skis are perfect for floating on powder. To carve on hard pack or ice, choose a less-shaped ski.
Ski poles and bindings are best fitted by a pro at a shop or rental shop. On snowy or windy days, wear a face mask for warmth and skin protection.
Although most ski resorts do not require skiers to wear a helmet, it is a good safety precaution.