Guide to Layering Up Clothes for a Skiing Day

Every adventurous endeavour needs a different gear, if you are eager to enjoy the activity to the fullest. They are called “essentials” only because they are important. For instance, you are planning a skiing trip but may not want to carry a load of clothes. While everyone wants to travel light, layers of clothes can protect you against fierce winds and snow. Therefore, to avoid such experiences, you should always carry some extra layers to cover yourself properly.

Here we have provided the three main tips that you should keep in mind while you’re getting dressed for a day on the slopes:


Layering System

The weather almost never stays the way you think it would. So, follow a layering system with layers which allow you to be able to easily add or remove. This will help you stay comfortable during the trip.


The next important thing to keep in mind is the breathability of the fabric. While you are sliding through the sleet on slopes, you are bound to perspire and this requires you to wear clothes with waterproof as well as warmth-retaining characteristics.


The last but certainly not the least, is that the layers you carry must provide you with all the protection you would need over from the gradients of the inclines. The clothes should be dry and warm at the same time, so you not even once have to feel uncomfortable on your trip.


Now, let us talk a little about the layering system. There are 3 major layers you should carry on a ski trip: base layer, middle layer, and outer layer.

Base Layer: The first layer of resistance from the cold weather is provided by the base layer. It should always be there as they are designed to maintain your body temperature. They work as a thin, yet warm insulation against your body.

Mid Layer: The middle layer of clothes assists the function of the base layer by adding to its insulation power. It does so by trapping air between layers and providing warmness with comfort. It is important that you stock up on lightweight middle layers, such as a hoodie, so it does not restrict your movement.

Outer Layer: If you have taken care of the base and mid layers, the main layer of protection, the outer layer, should be able to completely protect you from snow and cold winds. There are ski jackets especially designed to preserve the heat between the layers and provide you the warmth you require.


Auxiliaries: In addition to all these layers, you should also carry a pair of gloves, hat and Scarf/Balaclava. They can be helpful in providing insulation from snowy winds.


Now, you know how to layer up for a skiing trip and protect yourself from the cold weathers of skiing areas. All this information will definitely help you get through your favourite ski trips with ease, warmth and comfort.


A keen runner, skier and nuts about cycling. Karl lives in Cumbria, where he loves encouraging his two children to follow in his outdoor lifestyle. Whilst out and about keeping active, Karl keeps a diary and shares it with Outdoor Look.

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