Snow Clothing For The First Time - How to dress?

What to wear for snow if you’re going skiing for the first time. We tell you how to dress for snow.

In order to choose which snowwear to wear, the secret lies in knowing the properties of the materials and in wearing a minimum of three layers. The challenge: not to get cold but, at the same time, to have enough mobility to enjoy an unforgettable escape to the maximum. Follow these tips and you’ll see that getting ready to go snow for the first time is much easier than you thought. So you can enjoy skiing or snowboarding with all the necessary equipment.

Snow clothing: layering

Experts advise putting on three layers of clothing:

  1. The first one glued to the body to warm up. Thermal (long-sleeved) t-shirts and tights perform this function very well.
  2. The second is waterproof so as not to get wet.
  3. And a third that also helps to stop the wind and that we can take it off in case of feeling hot.
  4. If the quality of the garments is good it will be light and not too thick, which will improve our agility on the track and prevent us from getting tired too soon.

As far as materials are concerned, it is important not to use cotton garments as they get wet quickly with sweat or snow water and take a long time to dry. Synthetic garments that make perspiration easier are the best.

At the bottom, ski trousers or overalls are ideal. For the little ones, the overalls are easier to adjust and more practical. Some wear gloves or mittens so they don’t get lost. For you and older children, a ski pant combined with a good anorak (the third layer) is the best option. In addition, the anorak, one of the most expensive pieces, can be used on other occasions besides skiing and amortize its price.

How to dress in the snow

Even the most experienced skiers can forget to pack some of the essentials for going to the snow. Make sure you have everything you need to dress like a pro and enjoy the getaway:

  • Snow boots, slip-resistant, water-resistant and high above the ankle to prevent snow from entering. They are often called apreski boots. If you choose the ones that look more like mountain boots, they can be very useful for excursions or for the coldest days.
  • At least two pairs for a spare.
  • Waterproof gloves. There are those who put two, some thin underneath and the thickest on top to avoid catching cold.
  • Sunglasses, special for snow that are usually a little larger than the usual and more resistant to shocks and falls. Make sure they are approved ski goggles.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm. A minimum of 50 protection for the whole face and remember to reapply every two hours as a minimum.
  • Hat and scarf, to cover two of the parts of the body that cool down before: the head and neck.
  • Small backpack with water and energy bars, plus some money if you want to go to the bar for a few minutes to rest and get strength to continue skiing.
  • Helmet, elbow pads and knee pads, most snow injuries could have been avoided, and is that, especially for first-timers, prevention is better than cure.
  • Clothes to be off-piste, for dinner, partying or resting at the hotel.
  • Remember to add spare clothes if you are going to spend more than one day in the snow. Waterproof pants and a jacket will do, but add more undershirts and socks than you think you need.

Cheap Snow Clothing

If you don’t have snow equipment and no one can leave you one, the cheapest thing is to buy a T-shirt and some thermal tights (they are not expensive and you can wear them even on the coldest days) and look for waterproof clothes.  Falling into the mistake of going to the snow with jeans and tennis shoes can cost you a good cold, as well as ruining the exit because the water will enter everywhere and there will be no way to dry.

The most expensive of all the snow equipment are the boots, but you can rent them for days.  Find out about the different prices offered at your destination and book the rental in advance to avoid unwanted unforeseen events.

No Snow Injuries: Traveling Safely

Just as marathon runners usually prepare months before the big day, skiing requires significant muscle preparation in order to avoid overexertion injuries.

If you don’t exercise regularly, try alternating aerobic (such as running, swimming, cycling, etc.) and anaerobic (such as stretching, jumping, weightlifting, etc.) practices during the day.

In the same way, we recommend that, in order to be covered against unforeseen events, you take out the travel insurance from only one euro a day* with the best health care at home and abroad. With cover for reimbursement of the ski pass in the event of an accident and not being able to continue skiing.

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