2. What to pack and what to wear for skiing
Your flights, transfers, accommodation are all booked, you’ve been watching ski videos at every spare moment, but you don’t have a clue what to pack! All the lingo, all the weird layers… If you’ve never been on a winter mountain holiday before, it’s really hard to know what to put in your suitcase… You’ll definitely need clothes for when you’re not on the slopes, but what do you wear to ski or snowboard?
Q) What kind of ski jacket do I need?
A) You have two choices: a ‘shell’ (a thin, waterproof jacket which you’d wear over a warm midlayer) or a padded ski jacket (waterproof and with insulation)
Q) What is a ‘midlayer’?
A) Something you wear under your jacket and over your thermals! Usually a fleece or a light, technical fabric jacket or thin down jacket
Q) What shoes should I take?
A) Shoes or boots that are waterproof and grippy enough to cope with ice or slush. You could wear trainers or heels, but you’ll probably slip over or get very cold feet!
Q) What do you wear for apres-ski?
A) Your ski gear! Dancing in ski boots is the best way to do apres-ski. (You could go home and change, but that’s cheating!)
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