Information on what to wear
The mountains are renowned for unpredictable weather so having the right type of clothing is vital if you are to keep warm and dry. You must be prepared for low temperatures, wind, snow and even rain. You might find that the temperature is lower than you have ever experienced previously and that you will be exposed to this low temperature for many hours. Wet clothing conducts heat away from the body very quickly so make sure your clothing is dry.
Jacket and Trousers
A weatherproof outer layer is essential as it provides the first defence against the elements. If you are unsure if your jacket and ski pants are waterproof they can be washed in Nikwax. This is a top class waterproofing agent. Wind resistance is also an important property for these outer garments
Ski gloves/ski mittens
On cold days many skiers will get cold hands so a good pair of mittens or gloves is very important. Cold hands is the biggest complaint from students when it is very cold. Mittens are warmer than gloves. Buy them slightly big so that more air is trapped around your fingers. Make very sure that they are dry at the start of the day.
Although all children must wear a ski helmet when skiing, a warm hat is still necessary for occasions when you are out and about
The sun`s rays can be very strong at altitude so good UV protection for your eyes is essential. Goggles are much better than sun glasses as they give much better all round vision and fit around a helmet much better than sunglasses. Goggles are also far better than sunglasses when it is snowing.
Wear several thin layers under your jacket. Between each layer air is trapped and this gives better insulation. Ideally wear base layers or thermals next to your skin so that any body moisture is “wicked” away.
Only wear one pair of socks at a time. Feet often sweat in ski boots so you will need to take 2 or 3 pairs so that your feet are always “happy”. Make sure that your ski socks are dry when you put them on.
Sun cream/lip salve
Protection for your face against the sun, the wind and the cold is again important. Getting sun burn is entirely related to the strength of the sun. The strength of the sun is much higher at altitude than it would be at sea level so purchase a cream with a high factor eg 25, 30 or even 50. Winter sun cream contains far more oil than summer sun cream. This stops the skin drying out in cold wind.
Lip salve keeps the lips moist and prevents chapped lips
A pair of ski ties can make life much easier when looking for your skis in the ski locker room. They hold your skis together when carrying or storing. Write your name on the ties so that you can readily identify your skis
Snow boots or apres ski boots
Pavements can often be icy. Some resorts leave the snow on pavements. Good footwear is therefore essential. Your footwear should have soles with good grip so that you are secure when you are walking and be waterproof.
The neck often gets very cold especially when skiing fast and you create your own wind chill. A neckie will keep your neck warm and dry. In very cold/windy weather it can be pulled up over the mouth and nose so keeping these exposed areas warm.
Small ruck sack
Ideal for carrying spare clothing, packed lunches, camera, etc
Children 14years and under must wear a helmet when skiing. Make sure that your helmet fits snuggly and make sure the chin strap is done up.