Effective layering for the ski slopes

If the deep freeze outside makes you think about conquering the ski slopes rather than hibernation, then you may be in the right place. Having skied for over thirty years, it’s safe to say our Founder & Creative Director Tamara knows a thing or two about what to wear on the slopes, to the extent she has created her own three layering system. Here she explains how to layer up in three simple steps.

Base layer

The first thing you’ll put on in the morning, our thermal base layers are crafted from sweat-wicking fabric that moves moisture away from the skin. Designed to fit snugly to the body, they act as a second skin and traps in the warmth from your body to create a naturally-insulating micro-environment. I usually prefer to wear our merino base layers like the Body Map Merino Top and Body Map Thermal Leggings, as they help regulate my body temperature from the cold ski lift to the hot slopes. I’d go as far to say that when it comes to staying warm on the slopes, base layers are the single most important item you should never sacrifice.

Sweaty Betty base layers are far from boring, we always design them in really fun prints and bright colours so they stand out on the slopes. For après ski and cosy nights at home, I’ll be wearing the Drift Base Layer set.

Mid Layer

This optional thermal mid-layer is useful on particularly cold days. It’s usually thicker and looser, crafted from either merino wool or technical fleece with essential sweat-wicking capabilities. By sitting further from the body, the mid layer creates air pockets between your base and outer layers for extra insulation. I am quite a fast skier, so I like to wear a lighter softshell jacket and add this layer to give myself room to breathe, my current favourite is the Thermal Pleat Tech Hoody, it’s really soft and insulating in our Polartec fabric, which is designed for arctic conditions.

Outerwear

The final piece of the ski puzzle is your jacket and salopettes. These act as the barrier against the elements like wind, rain or snow, so technical weather-proof performance is crucial – our wind and waterproof fabrics have up to 10,000mm water-resisting capability to stay dry on the slopes. I personally like my jackets to be really stretchy and breathable, our Exploration Ski Jacket is softshell and lightweight for ski touring, whereas the Method Hybrid Jacket has four way stretch to ensure you can really move on the slopes. Underneath I swear by the Astro Salopettes, I was determined to create the perfect ski pant with stretch and comfort, and these definitely tick every box.

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