Ski resorts offer some of the most stunning vistas in the world but also some of the most extreme temperatures. You go from sitting on the snow at sub zero, to basking in the sun on a deck chair. Your body needs to be able to cope with fluctuations in heat and also needs to be protected from the cold, wind and damp. It is essential to wear clothes that provide protection against the elements whilst allowing you to stay comfortable and move freely.
Dressing for a day on the slopes is all about the three layer rule. Make sure any outfit consists of a base layer worn directly against the skin to wick away sweat, mid layer in fleecy fabric to insulate the body and soft shell waterproof, windproof outer later to combat the elements.
Base layer - next to the skin. Should be comfortable and sweat wicking, including your bra
what should I wear
Gloves, hat, socks and glasses/goggles are all essential. Did you know you lose 25% of your body heat through your head?
Mid layer - for insulation. Better to have several thin mid layers than one chunky one
Outer layer - you want it to be water and wind proof, breathable and it is good to have pockets for accessories and vents for cooling off
which fabrics are best
For the base layer look for man-made fabrics or blends with soft wools like merino. We recommend fleece for the mid layer and love warming up with several 'micro' fleeces. For the outer layer you are looking for waterproof fabrics but you also want it to be breathable so you don't 'boil in the bag'. These fabrics stop water coming in but allows sweat to escape. Water proofness is measured by â€˜mm water column' (how much water can you put in a column above the fabric before the water drips through). Around 2,000mm water column is suitable for the Alps whereas 20,000mm water column will survive constant torrential rain. "Taped seams" on a jacket means that the holes made by stitching the garment have been taped to keep it 100% waterproof. Jackets have less padding now as you should be using your mid layer for warmth.