Beginner’s Guide to Dress for Skiing

If you are planning to go for a ski, keeping yourself warm is an essential thing. You need a couple of layers of clothes to maintain the ideal temperature of the body so that you can stay physically active and enjoy skiing in the snowfields of New Zealand. But when you are wearing clothes, you need to make sure that you are using only those materials that can keep the sweat away from your skin. As you will stay super active, you are most likely to sweat. The proper way to dress for skiing is to wear layers of clothes one by one - first, the base layer, then the mid layer and finally the outer layer. And do not forget to take measures to protect yourself. Here is a list of clothes you need to wear for skiing in New Zealand. Let’s have a look.

Base Layer

An effective base layer can make a massive difference in the snow. Synthetic fibre or wool is considered as the best option as the material retains its heat properties even when it’s wet. You will require a long-sleeved layer on top and a thin pants layer.

Mid Layer

This layer will act as a shield against the cold weather. Fleece fabrics would be an ideal option for your mid layer as they are warm, breathable, light and comfortable. Try to wear a full-zip jacket so that you can remove it if you feel too warm.

Outer Layer

You need an outer layer that is waterproof (both jacket and pants). If you visit the best ski fields in New Zealand, you will have the option to hire the stuff, and it’s a great way to keep the expenses low! Go for jackets that have several pockets to keep your gear and a hood to protect yourself from the cold, snowy days.

Gloves

Do not go skiing without a pair of gloves as frostbite is a serious threat. Wear a thin glove liner below a thick glove designed for skiing. Regular glove won’t help you as ski gloves are thicker in comparison to ordinary gloves and have a special rubber lining for a comfortable grip.

Goggles

Snow blindness is a serious issue and is painful, so do not forget to wear goggles. You can save your money somewhere else, but it is advisable to spend some extra money to purchase high-quality goggles. It will help you to navigate in cloudy conditions and protect you from flying debris and snow blindness.

Helmet

Some of the ski places in New Zealand are challenging and that can cause serious head injury, if you are not wearing a helmet. A cap or hat can keep your head warm, but can’t protect from injuries. Apart from protection, if you want some added warmth, wear a fitted cap under your helmet.