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Ask any skier why they ski, and the responses include exploring snowy terrain and the wonder that is fresh powder, and the incredible full-body workout that comes from a week spent skiing or snowboarding. An active holiday that goes from mornings at mountain-top to sociable get-togethers by the fire, skiing offers the chance to constantly improve technique; moving from red to black runs and skiing off-piste, or challenging yourself in the snow parks. Whether heli-skiing or weaving around moguls, there is something special about the sense of adventure and complete exhilaration that comes from hitting the slopes; spending the days arcing crisp turns down a mountain and into après ski.

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what to wear for skiing

A typical day of skiing can take you from sub-zero temperatures at mountain-top to basking on a deckchair in the midday sun, to huddling by the fire during après-ski. Temperature regulation is therefore essential. To ensure your outfit ticks every box, stick to the three layer rule, detailed below.

Wear base layers next to the skin – these are thermal long-sleeved tops and leggings with sweat-wicking properties. Seamless ski thermals will prevent chafing so you can enjoy a full range of movement on the mountain.

 

Sweaty Betty recommends lightweight, thermal, fleecy fabrics. Merino fabric is especially suitable due to its sweat-wicking and temperature regulation capabilities.

 

Outer layer jackets should be thermal, waterproof and breathable. Choose technical styles in statement prints for maximum comfort and confidence on the slopes.

 

Functional features can enhance both comfort and performance. Look for everything from padded knees to breathable air vents to hidden zip pockets. Finally, check that adjustable hoods can accommodate a helmet.

 

Powdery conditions demand gaiters on jackets and trousers, which help to prevent the snow from getting in.

 

Complete your kit list with skiing accessories like fleece-lined gloves, technical socks, a durable helmet and anti-fog goggles. Don't get on the chairlift without them.

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