Make sure your heating isn’t on and then get yourself dressed up in your entire ski or snowboard outfit. It’s the only way to make sure it still fits after all those summer ice-creams and there are no tears or rips. Poorly fitting or damaged clothing won’t protect you properly when you’re up against the elements and you’ll only feel cold, wet and uncomfortable. If you do have to buy new gear, look for brands like Eider who repair or upcycle damaged clothing.
Any mud, dirt or grime on your waterproof clothing will soak up water. Not great when you fall over into the powder for the hundredth time that morning! Especially if your dirty clothes have been neglected over the summer months. At any rate, even if they don’t appear dirty, it’s good to give your outer garments and base layers a freshen up. It’s best to use a technical wash like Nikwax Tech Wash which also revitalises the breathability of your clothes. It’s really easy to use because you just pop it into the washing machine with your clothes as you would do with normal detergent. And for your sweaty, smelly base layers, Nikwax Base Fresh works in the same way to deodorise and soften your clothing - enhancing its drying and cooling properties for future ski trips.
Then you need to specifically re-waterproof your outer garments like ski jackets and pants. Nikwax TX.Direct is another technical product that can also be added to your washing machine cycle. It treats not only the fabric but also the seams, tapes and cords. The Durable Water Repellency (DWR) develops as everything air dries afterwards. This also removes the need to use a tumble dryer, saving energy and protecting more vulnerable, older garments from heat. All of Nikwax’s products are safe to use because they’re PFC-free and water based for the lowest environmental impact.