What to wear Skiing – An essential and affordable guide
The low down on what is necessary to wear on your skiing holiday
UPDATE FRIDAY 16/1/15 – FURTHER DISCOUNTS ON JACKETS SEE BELOW***
As this was my first time skiing I was mindful of being extremely sensible with my spend (in case I didn’t like skiing and would be left with ski clothing that I would not wear again).
I took advantage of Black Friday to bag my bargains but there is still good value to be had in the sales.
What clothing items are essential for a skiing holiday?
– ski jacket
– salopettes (ski trousers)
– thermals (base layers) – at least 2 sets (comprising top and leggings) for one week
– skiing gloves
– neck gaiter (snood type fleece to keep your neck warm)
– goggles (to minimise the glare from the sun AND to stop the wind blowing snow in your face)
– ski hat (plain and simple with NO tassels nor bobbles – just in case you do want to wear your hat under your ski helmet)
– ski socks – at least 2 pairs for one week
– snow boots OR water proof boots such as walking/hiking boots (trainers are a NO. You need to keep your feet dry and warm)
You can hire your ski boots, skis, helmet and poles from your tour company or one of the many private providers at your ski resort
My clothing is all budget labels and I made a bargain spend using the additional discounts available during Black Friday. Everything that you see in the photo above was more than sufficient for skiing in and for apres ski. The coldest temperature I experienced whilst on holiday was -7 degrees Centigrade during the day. When we were leaving our resort (at 3am) the temperature was -11 degrees Centigrade. At all times I was snug and very comfortable in my ski clothing.
As with everything in life you can always buy higher grade/quality or designer items (with the price tags to match). I kept my spend to a minimum and had every bit as stylish a holiday (should that also be a concern) as many sophisticated and seasoned skiers who have all the gear!
Below are a few examples of some of the clothing items that I bought (which are still available) and links to the relevant sections for budget spending.
Here are all the links to finding the other items for your skiing holiday.
1. Trekwear – for practically everything you need (to include goggles)
2. Trekwear – ski socks from (£5.95 for a pair)
3. MandM Direct – selection of snow boots and walking/hiking boots on sale (from £8.99)
4. Matalan – for selection of snow boots and walking/hiking boots on sale (from £20)
5. Marks & Spencer – for fleece tops
6. ***MandMDirect – further reductions on coats and jackets
Have a look at the video below to hear what I have to say about my budget ski clothing.
Until next week when we will be getting fit in 2015. Diane XXX