The Great Ski Guide – What To Wear

Skiing is one of my favourite things to do in Winter. As I’ve got older, I’ve started to appreciate seasons a lot more and the variations between them all. It’s something I’ve tried to push more within my Instagram ‘theme’ and follow through with on all our trips to ensure they are seasonal.

As a child, my family would head to the slopes every year for Christmas which was our ‘norm’. We wouldn’t really do gifts, although Father Christmas always had a way of sneaking in our stockings. For us though, the gift of a white Christmas was more than enough. This year was to be the first year my family hadn’t spent Christmas in the Alps and I was definitely more than a little bit disappointed in not having snow for the big day.

Another thing I’ve started to appreciate a lot more recently is that things will work themselves out, so when a very close travel blogging friend of ours couldn’t make a press trip to the beautiful town of Morzine, she kindly put our names forward and finally, just a week before Christmas, I was to have my snow.

With everyone now back to work and school, it won’t be long before everyone’s packing up and heading off on late winter breaks to find snow of their own.

If you’ve never skied before and have no idea what to pack, don’t worry, I’ve got your back. I’ve listed my essential outfits for a week long ski trip for the different situations you may find yourself in!

On the Slopes

Arguably, the most important outfit of all. You want to look good on the slopes, but stay warm too. Unless you have an unlimited packing allowance, I’d suggest only one ski outfit (Jacket and Salopettes) – They’re extremely bulky and take up at least a third of a suitcase. All the products I recommend will be in the carousel below for ease!

You’re going to need a pair of ski socks for every day you’re skiing. Please make sure that these come at least half way up your calf,  when you put your ski boots on, the socks should come higher than the boot, to keep your legs warm and protect them from the boots rubbing. Also, you only need one pair of socks, never wear two pairs as one may slip and become really uncomfortable in the boot causing really raw skin by the end of a day’s skiing.

Your ski trousers (and if it’s really cold, your thermals) should never be tucked into your boots. This, again, can make them rub and be really uncomfortable. Your thermals should end where your boots begin and your trousers should sit over the top of your boots, they may have a snow guard underneath which you should pull tightly around your boot, this will stop snow going up your trousers! Topshop have the most amazing selection of skiwear at the moment, a lot of which I’ve linked below.

How cold you get, dictates how many layers you should wear on the slopes. In spring, the slopes will be warmer so thermal layers may not be necessary, but my rule is if the temperature is in the minus celcius, wear thermals. I like to wear a sports bra skiing (that’s personal preference, as I feel more comfortable) with a strappy top or vest, followed by another long sleeved top or jumper and my ski jacket. For colder days, I’ll stick another thermal layer on.

Accessories-wise, you’re going to need a pair of gloves (I have Raynauds, so prefer mittens) and inner gloves if it’s really cold! You’ll also need a scarf (there’s nothing worse than icy wind going straight down your front), ski goggles (all weather, meaning they should be fine in most light conditions) and a helmet (usually you can rent these with the rest of your ski equipment!). I cannot stress the need for a helmet more. It really doesn’t matter what level you are, whether you’re pro of beginner you NEED a helmet. It’s nothing to do with your ability, but if someone smashes into you on the slopes and you’re not wearing a helmet, (sorry to be graphic) you could very easily be impaled by a stray ski, pole or rock on the slope.

When you stop for lunch, you may also need sunglasses (snow blindness is a thing), a hat to keep your head warm and a really good lip balm to keep your lips from cracking.

Aprés Ski

 You’ve come off the slopes, and you’re either heading straight to the bar, or you’re going home to change before heading out (I recommend the latter). Firstly, NEVER go out in your ski jacket as chances are you won’t have remembered to take your ski pass out of your pocket. Ski Jacket theft in resorts is unfortunately commonplace and if your ski pass is taken in your jacket, it’s not going to be cheap to replace. Always have an aprés jacket that you can wear. If you are doing aprés straight off the slope, keep your jacket on!

If you’re going home to change, wear a pair of shoes that you can wear in the snow and indoors (they must be grippy as there will be a lot of ice around!), a pair of jeans, a top or jumper and a warm jacket should be enough but feel free to wrap up more in a hat, scarf and gloves if it’s cold!

Snow Activities

If you’re lucky enough to be taking part in some extra activities like Snow Shoeing, Tobogganing, skidooing, husky riding etc, I would recommend wearing your Slope outfit with some comfortable snow boots. Moon Boots are my favourite because they keep the snow out and keep your feet extra warm – well worth the money.

In the Accommodation

Where you’re staying, whether it’s in a hotel, in a chalet or in an apartment, the rest of your wardrobe should reflect your surroundings. Most Chalets are a no-shoe zone, so remember this when you’re thinking of bringing a few pairs of heels, whereas hotels may be more dressy. Definitely bring a warm pair of slippers, cosy loungewear and pyjamas for night.

Also, make sure to check what facilities your accommodation has. You may be lucky with a pool or a hot tub, in which case, remember your swimmers!

I hope this guide helps you when you’re packing, let me know if you’re lucky enough to be heading off skiing before the season ends!

Great Ski Guide to what to wear, Katie KALANCHOE, Katie Heath