How to Dress for Skiing




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To enjoy time spent on the slopes, a skier must be able to keep his or her body temperature at a comfortable level. This requires the ability to choose and layer one’s clothing effectively.

The experienced skier knows that the base layer helps to keep warmth in the body and to wick sweat away from the skin. Cotton will retain sweat and chill the body, and so makes a poor base layer. Instead, the savvy skier turns toward a merino wool or a synthetic blend for base layer garments.

On top of the base layer, the skier wears at least one insulating layer of wool or fleece. These fibers are particularly effective at encouraging any sweat to evaporate through the middle layer and out away from the body. This layer can be thick but should still allow for free movement.

The outer layer is the most waterproof, although ideally it is also breathable. Many sportswear brands design pants and jackets with these combined qualities, so that sweat can escape but snow, rain, and wind do not penetrate the layers underneath.

Skiers must also pay attention to their socks. Thinner socks are better, so long as they are sufficiently warm. Skiers often find that a thin wool or a wool-silk blend does the best job. Socks should fit comfortably inside the ski boot without the boot becoming too tight, as adequate circulation is crucial throughout the skiing session.