You may be one of those who prefers summer but, without a doubt, winter is a wonderful season to enjoy. There are different activities that we can only do during these months and one of the most typical (and with more and more followers) is skiing.
The quintessential snow sport can give us a great time full of fun. And it is that, who does not think it is a great plan to make a getaway to the snow? Of course, if you are going to do it, you should know that you have to go fully prepared and equipped for Don’t turn that good moment into a bad experience.
A good equipment will be key to be able to practice this sport with total freedom of movement, as well as not to catch cold, control body temperature and avoid possible injuries that, believe it or not, are more common than we think. And all this, of course, does not mean that we have to give up a good look… Therefore, here we collect The main keys you should know to go safe and warm from head to toe on your next ski trip.
The layer rule
The layer system is common for any winter mountain sport, since it is the way in which we can maintain the correct body temperature, to protect ourselves from the cold but without getting too hot. “The best way to prepare for a day on the slopes is to be equipped with a multi-layer outfit. For example, a base layer, a softshell or padded jacket, a 3-layer jacket. This type of clothing It will allow you to have flexibility and be protected in any weather condition“, says Giulio Colombo, CEO of Colmar, a firm specialized in ski and mountain designs.
- The first layer is the base, and it is always the closest to the skin. It helps to conserve the natural heat of the same. It is essential that it be a breathable garment so that sweat does not soak us.
- The second layer is the intermediate, which will balance body temperature. Normally a fleece or a basic jersey is used.
- Finally, the third layer is the outer and it will help you take shelter from the wind, rain or external humidity, so it will be essential that it be a waterproof, breathable and waterproof garment. This layer should fit comfortably over the midlayer, without restricting movement. If this is not the case, you will end up getting very cold.
However, depending on the temperature, there are also those who prefer to wear an insulated jacket, and thus only a base layer would be needed.
What technical characteristics should these garments have to be comfortable and warm?
Having garments with waterproof and breathable technology is essential to protect us from the wind and keep us dry, and it is something that experts in this type of clothing agree on. In addition, other elements that can characterize these garments, as confirmed by Hélène Burlereaux, Columbia’s head of women’s textile products in Europe, are “the down or synthetic insulation allows the heat of your body to be reflected, thus creating an additional layer of heat , that continues to allow the evacuation of moisture“. Explain that it will be a plus point to have jackets that include “Fully seam-sealed zippers that prevent cold spots and fleece lining in the pockets to make sure you keep your hands warm”, something we can also look for in gloves.
“Some key features are also the pockets for ‘ski pass’ well positioned on the arm to avoid having to remove the gloves, the skirt to prevent snow from entering and small details such as the adjustable cuffs to ensure that the wrists are well protected”, adds the head of textile products for the sports firm.
the importance of accesories
The accessories of your look will be key, beyond that to differentiate the ‘outfit’, to protect you from the cold, the sun and the blows (before possible falls). In this sense, the items that should not be missing in your suitcase are:
- Helmet: It is a basic to protect our head and, incidentally, to keep it warm. Some of them include a visor that can be used as anti-reflective sunglasses.
- Sunscreen: an essential to take care of our skin. The recommendation is that you use a facial sunscreen like the one you use on the beach, with at least SPF+50. The sun’s rays in the mountains are very aggressive. “It is always important to protect our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. You should always be equipped with sun cream and sunglasses to enjoy a perfect sunny day on the slopes,” confirms Colombo from Colmar.
- XXL socks: preferably thermal that keep your feet well insulated. It is best to choose lengths that cover you up to the height of the shins to prevent the ski boot from digging in excessively.
- Gloves: Necessary to keep your hands warm and avoid friction with the poles or more damage from the fall.
- Glasses: to protect your eyesight and avoid reflections of the sun in the snow. If possible, make them blizzard.
- Cap: to wear it under the helmet.
In the case of girls, the hairstyle will also be key to being comfortable while skiing. “The best way to be safe during ski activities is to wear a helmet and tie up long hair in a ponytail or braid to avoid feeling uncomfortable during sports activities”, adds the CEO of Colmar.
A proposal for a safe (and ideal) look for the snow
- The North Face black beanie (€28.00).
- ‘Puffy’ ski jacket with tape and Colmar logo (€342.30).
- Limited edition ski helmet with built-in goggles from Hysteresis and Barceló (€99.99).
- Columbia high-waisted ski pants (€120).
- Moon Boot aprèski boots (€225).
- Northface black gloves (€50).
- Decathlon Wedze pink snow goggles (€39.99).
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