When deciding what to wear when going skiing, it is essential to remember layering is important. You will also need to think about the kind of fabric you choose. While natural materials might keep you warm, they might not have the same capability to move moisture away than some synthetic fibers. Luckily, most people already have sweatshirts and sweat pants for the midlayer, and you might find you only need to shop for base layer clothing and the final, outer layer.
Start with a thin layer of clothing made from a synthetic, breathable fabric. A breathable fabric is important to move any moisture away from your body so you stay dry and warm. This layer should fit close to the body. Your next layer is considered the midlayer, which will insulate you from the cold. Sweaters and sweatshirts are good options. You might consider wearing a vest that will keep the core of your body warm. Fleece is a good material for the midlayer. The final layer is the outer layer, which will be your jacket. Ski jackets can be insulated so they keep you warm or just a shell jacket that is waterproof and windproof.
As with the top, start with a base layer of thin, close-fitting clothing that will keep you dry. Wear cold-weather tights designed to keep heat in and "wick" moisture away. For the midlayer, this will depend on whether the outer layer is shell or insulated. If it is just a shell, then consider wearing something warm and comfortable such as sweats, but make sure they fit correctly and aren't bunching when worn under the ski pants. If you have a pair of insulated pants, sweats won't be necessary. Typically, ski pants come in two styles: regular pants or bibs.
You will need accessories that will keep your hands, feet and head warm. For your hands, consider insulated ski gloves or mittens. Typically, they are waterproof but have a fleece liner. Your feet will benefit from socks made of materials such as merino wool that will keep your feet warm but will also "wick" moisture away from the skin. The most important area to keep warm is your head. Wear ski goggles to keep the snow out of your face and wear a hat or helmet to keep heat in.
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.