How to Layer Clothes for Skiing

How to Layer Clothes for Skiing
Layering your clothing is the best way to stay warm when you're out on the slopes. Bulky sweaters and jackets will restrict your movement, and when you're warm from all the exertion of skiing, they can make it much harder to regulate your body temperature versus simply removing a layer. The best type of clothing for skiing is made from thin, breathable fabrics that will keep you warm but will also keep you dry and comfortable.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Long underwear Sweaters and sweat pants Waterproof ski jacket and ski pants Gloves, socks and hat/helmet
  • Long underwear
  • Sweaters and sweat pants
  • Waterproof ski jacket and ski pants
  • Gloves, socks and hat/helmet
Step 1
Begin with an under layer. The under layer should consist of long underwear in a fabric that will wick moisture away from the skin. Silk or polyester are good fabrics for this layer.
Step 2
Add an insulating layer. The insulating layer will consist of sweaters and sweatpants to keep your arms and legs warm. The purpose of this layer is to retain body heat. Look for clothes made of fabrics such as wool or fleece. If it is a particularly cold day, simply add extra insulating layers.
Step 3
Add an outer layer. The outer layer consists of your ski jacket and ski pants. Your primary consideration for this layer is clothing that is waterproof and will keep your dry. Look for fabrics that are breathable and that will let out perspiration.
Step 4
Finish with accessories to protect your extremities. For your hands you will need gloves or mittens in a waterproof fabric. For your feet, look for ski socks that wick moisture away. Finally, since your body loses most of its heat through the head, you will need a hat or helmet to retain heat.

Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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