Last year was the first time I’d been skiing in seven years. After such a long break my technique was rusty and my skiwear was very dated. The former improved during the week, the latter I am gradually replacing. Hopefully when I do replace items they will be high quality and last for years. Below I’ve outlined what I updated last year and what I got before this years trip, I’ve also included a few things I want to get in the future.
Thermals and Sports Bras
Unfortunately my old thermals were far too small, I can thank my ‘university lifestyle’ for that! As well as a base-layer for skiing, I needed clothes for my cycle to work. I found items I could use for both; leggings, micro-fleece tops and sports bras like these. I’ve been wearing them all year for cycling and they will be perfect for this years ski trip.
Last year I spent some Halfords vouchers on this backpack. I’ve used it almost everyday since; it’s really comfortable and the perfect size for on the slopes.
I’m building up my collection by getting a couple of new pairs of ski socks each year. At the moment I don’t have enough, so wash them while I am away. Eventually I will get rid of the poorer quality ones in favour of some like these, as the more comfortable your feet are the better!
When I first started skiing hardly anyone wore helmets but last year it seemed that everyone had one. Recent high profile accidents have publicised how dangerous skiing can be, so now I really see a Ski Helmet as a necessity. I have this Salomon Jib Helmet and I love that looks like a skate helmet.
My old ski jacket was very bright, it was fun at the time but now I would like a simpler, better designed one. Although I wouldn’t be as noticeable on the slopes, a less garish jacket will be more timeless and will also be useful for colder moments at home. I tend to favour ski jackets that have a furry hood as they just seem comfier, this year I like the North Face Baker Jacket and the Columbia Lay ‘D’ Jacket.
My old pair of snow boots didn’t fasten tight enough to stay on my feet, they tended to get stuck in piles of snow, so I’ve sent them packing to the charity shop. This year I will use my old hiking boots, which are like these Berghaus Explorer Trek Boots. I’m hoping they are well suited to the snow, if not next year I may get a new pair of snow boots.
I could do with replacing my old pair of goggles; they are covered in scratches and have a small crack in the lens. I need a pair to fit a small face, the Oakley A Frame would be my ideal choice, but this is a luxury that can wait.
Anyone else going skiing this year? What are your Ski Wear essentials?