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How to Layer Clothing for Skiing

The best way to choose layered clothing for skiing is to go with a three layer process. Many people opt for two layers, but this can mean that if you get too hot you don’t have the option to remove clothes. Three layers are the optimum number for keeping you warm and dry so that you can just have fun! Base Layer This is usually the layer that keeps you mostly warm. Close fitting thermal underwear such as thermal trousers and a long sleeved t shirt are ideal for keeping cosy. Ideally, this layer should be made of a material that is breathable. Try to avoid harsh, synthetic materials as these can cause rashes and also can make you sweat more than you should be! Pick a breathable material which keep moisture away from your skin – if your skin can breath, you won’t sweat as much and you can therefore stay warmer and drier for longer! Secondary Layer For a middle layer you should wear a jumper or fleece and some tracksuit bottoms. This layer is purely for warm and can easily be removed if throughout your day of skiing you get too hot – your base layer will still keep you warm and your outer layer will still keep you dry. This second layer is ideal for skiers or snowboarders who know they are going to be out in very cold conditions. Outer Layer A vital part of your ski gear, an insulated and weatherproof pairing of jacket and trousers will keep you warm and dry. If you already are wearing two under layers, then you need to choose a jacket with very little insulation or a shell. This will mean that you won’t overheat as you stay active throughout the day. Waterproof and windproof trousers aren’t thick but they will keep you dry should you fall over or should it snow. If your legs are getting too warm as you ski, strip off the middle layer (tracksuit bottoms) and put the ski trousers back on. These are waterproof and are essential for staying at a safe, dry temperature for the rest of the day. You are more likely to feel the cold on the upper half of your body, so you may choose to disregard the tracksuit bottoms altogether! Things to Remember Accessories – These aren’t your handbag and earrings! What we mean by accessories are the things that are going to keep you safe. Layering clothing isn’t just about staying warm; it is also about staying well protected too! Choose the right ski helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, ski poles, skis/snowboard, for YOU. Choose the right level of insulation for you – everyone has different circulation. If you really feel the cold easily, you may need a thicker insulated jacket or under layers. Add a hat under your ski helmet like a beanie if you want to keep your head and ears warm – just make sure the helmet fits with this underneath!
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