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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 slope; 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.

Base layers – worn next to the skin, these long-sleeved tops and leggings should be lightweight and sweat-wicking. Seamlessly engineered fabric will prevent chafing, allow for a greater range of movement and deliver a flattering fit.


Mid-layers are there for insulation. Lightweight, thermal, fleecy fabrics are recommended. Choose merino fabric – its natural thermal and sweat-wicking qualities and temperature regulation make it the skier's go-to for mid-layers.


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 that will enhance both comfort and performance. From padded knees and breathable air vents to hidden zip pockets and an adjustable hood that can accommodate a helmet.


Gaiters on jackets and trousers, designed to stop the snow getting in; a must-have for powdery conditions.


Skiing accessories such as fleece-lined gloves, technical socks, a durable helmet and anti-fog goggles. Don't get on the chairlift without them.

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