Wearing the right ski gear will keep you comfortable and help you get the most from your time on the mountain
Skiing and snowboarding are active sports, so it’s important you stay warm, dry and comfortable in the low temperatures you'll face. Layering up is the key; not only do layers trap air, helping to keep you warm, but they also make your outfit more flexible, allowing you to put on or take off extra items as the temperature changes.
Going from the inside out, snowsports clothing is split into three basic levels - a wicking base layer to take the moisture away from your skin, an insulating and breathable mid-layer to keep you warm and a waterproof breathable outer layer to protect you against the elements.
In practice when putting your snowsports wardrobe together, this means a set of thermals, a fleece or gilet, a pair of ski trousers and a ski jacket. Look for ski jackets with a snow-skirt and hood to keep the snow out and for jackets and trousers with zipped vents in case you get hot.
Other important items are socks (ideally specialised snowsports socks), waterproof gloves or mittens, goggles and a warm hat. Helmets are now very popular and must be worn by children in most resorts.