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How to layer for skiing success

Skiing trips are exhilarating and a way to spend some adventurous quality time with your family. While we can’t do much about the worry of the little ones falling over, or the people speeding past on the slopes, we can help you understand how to layer ski clothes to keep your family warm.

Read on to learn how to layer for skiing success…

What is a base layer for skiing?

A ski base layer is clothing made from insulating fabric, usually worn close to the skin. This is, as the name suggests, layered on top of to regulate your temperature while you’re on the slopes. The insulating fabric acts to try and keep moisture off your skin and stop you from becoming too cold. This is why the order of your layers is really important – make sure you always put your base layer on first!

Pick a good base layer for skiing

Choosing a good base layer for skiing is the first step to layering for skiing. Make sure your base layers are breathable and have good moisture wicking for optimum performance. You should have a base layer covering the top and bottom half of your body, which is usually a long-sleeved top and bottoms that fit like leggings.

Base layers for kids should fit comfortably but should remain as close to the skin as possible. Try to avoid wearing base layers that are baggy in areas or lose their shape easily, as this creates an air pocket which can mean the layer doesn’t work as well as it should.

Stay toasty with a ski mid-layer

If you want to know how to layer for skiing, you’ll need to know that the key to staying the right temperature while skiing is to have lots of layers. It’s easy to take ski layers off if you become too warm and add them should you become cold again. On top of your base layer, you should wear a ski mid-layer. A mid-layer can be anything from a long-sleeved t-shirt, to a sweater or a performance vest. This is really down to your personal preference, but we recommend wearing something you know will keep you warm and won’t irritate you while you’re out and about on the slopes.

Keep the cold out with a fleece
If you’re prone to feeling the cold, you can add a fleece or soft-shell jacket at this stage in your layering. This layer might make you too hot if the weather is warmer, but the beauty of ski layers is that you can take them off if this happens. This is an optional layer, which will keep the whole family warm on particularly cold or windy days on the slopes.

Don’t forget your coat!
Arguably the most obvious part of ski layers is your outer layer. This is usually a ski jacket and a pair of ski trousers which protect you from the elements. Make sure that both are waterproof, as that will stop water from seeping in and giving you a chill. Insulated jackets are also available to add a layer of warmth and shield you from the wind.

Ski trousers (or salopettes) should be durable, waterproof and large enough so that you can still move freely. These can also be insulated and should keep your legs warm. We recommend your outfit to be weatherproof, meaning it is waterproof, insulated and the seams should be sealed or tapered. Where possible, try to choose ski layers that will stand out against the snow – something to be especially aware of when choosing ski layers for the kids.

Other ski trip essentials
When deciding how to layer up for skiing, it’s important to consider the other bits and bobs you’ll need. Before you hop onto the ski-lift make sure that you’ve got the essentials:
• Waterproof ski-gloves
• Ski-goggles
• Ski buff/ neck-warmer
• A warm ski hat
• Durable ski boots
• Comfortable ski-socks

However, you choose your ski-layers, make sure that you’re able to add or remove layers as your temperature changes and adapt to the weather. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

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