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Say no to Jeans! What to Wear Skiing and Snowboarding

When you hit the slopes, dressing for warmth and comfort beats fashionable style every time. So when doing up your packing list for that March Break getaway, leave the jeans for après ski.

Here is handy list of what to wear skiing and snowboarding.

 

Socks

purchase a good pair of ski socks. They really do make a world of difference. Ski socks are made to minimize rubbing around the ankles, which help minimize blisters and other rubbing.  Ski socks are also made to wick away sweat and moisture and will keep your feet much warmer than a regular pair of cotton socks.

Do not, I repeat do not, double up on socks! Not only will this overheat your feet but it may cause your socks to bunch up and cause blisters.

Pants

Find a pair of waterproof pants like snow pants, that will cover your boots and keep out moisture. Anything that helps keep the snow off of your skin is beneficial.

Save your track pants, leggings and other absorbent material pants for underneath your snow pants. Skip the jeans entirely as they are not made of a flexible material and when added with the additional layer of snow pants, they may leave you feeling stiff, impeding your ability to turn and move on the slopes.

Gloves

Avoid cotton or wool gloves. Your best bet is a pair of waterproof mittens or gloves.

Laura’s Bonus Tip: Channel your inner kindergarten self and tie some string to your gloves and thread it through your jacket. This is a great way to hold onto your gloves in case of a fall or if you’re needing to make adjustments while on the chairlift.

 

Coat

Make sure to wear a waterproof or windproof coat or jacket to keep you warm and dry while out on the slopes.

 

Baselayer

Having a solid layer underneath your snowpants and jacket are crucial to keeping in the heat. Picking fabrics that do not absorb a lot of moisture such as fleece and polypropylene are recommended.

 

Goggles or Sunglasses

These work great on the slopes to keep the wind/snow and UV rays out of your eyes.

 

Last but not least! Helmet

Wear a ski or snowboard specific helmet and ski and snowboard safely while keeping your head warm. For more tips on picking out a helmet check out www.myhelmet.ca for more information.

 

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