What to wear Skiing – An essential and affordable guide

The low down on what is necessary to wear on your skiing holiday




clothing suitable for skiingI went on my first ever skiing holiday over the Christmas Period.  It was absolutely fantastic and very different from any other holiday type that I have had in the past.

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.

I bought all my skiing clothing from Trekwear, M and M Direct, Matalan (snow boots) and M&S (fleece).

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

– fleece

– 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.

women's thermal zipped fleece jacket from Marks & Spencer

M&S Thermal Fleece – available from size UK8 – UK24 in 6 colour options – Price varies from £6.00 – £12.50 depending on colour chosen


Skiing Neck Gaiter

Thermal Fleece Neck Gaiter suitable for skiing – £2.99

Women's Ski Jacket by Dare2b

Dare2b Ski Jacket – This is very similar to my jacket in design detail.  It is only available in black – £19.95 – Currently available up to size UK18

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)

4Matalan – for selection of snow boots and walking/hiking boots on sale (from £20)

5.  Marks & Spencer – for fleece tops

6.  ***MandMDirectfurther 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

2 Comments » for What to wear Skiing – An Essential and affordable guide
  1. Cristina Ferraz-Smith says:

    Hi Diane! 🙂
    I loved your guide on ‘What to Wear Skiing!’ 🙂 …I looks so much fun, the clothes look great and so affordable and you look lovely. Thank you for posting such an informative video – suggesting budget ski clothing is so helpful, as I have never really looked to do skiing, one of the reasons being the possible cost of everything – but it really looks affordable and do-able now! 🙂 …so I might just ‘dive in’ or ‘dip my toe’ into a fab skiing holiday! 🙂
    Looking forward to your next post!
    very best wishes,
    Cristina 🙂 xx

    • Thank you Cristina. I was really impressed with the quality of goods and the prices from MandM Direct, Trekwear, and Matalan for specific Skiing clothing and accessories. We are having very wintry weather here in Ireland at the moment so the snow boots and the thermals are getting plenty of wear. Diane

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