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How to Layer Clothes for Skiing

24.10.2013 | Ski How to Guides

An effective layering system is the key to staying warm and comfortable on the slopes. Everyone feels the cold differently and will opt to add or remove layers and accessories based on this and the weather conditions. A basic layering system will however work for everyone. Here’s how to wear ski base layers.


1.Base Layer

A base layer is your first line of defence against the cold. Base layers are designed to regulate your body temperature and should be close fitting to trap a thin layer of warm air against your skin. A base layer will also ‘wick’ away perspiration from the skin to keep you dry. Base layers come in many forms, most notably as T-shirts and leggings, and in different fabrics. Merino wool thermals are popular as they are naturally warm and have antibacterial qualities.

2. Mid Layers

An effective mid layer will provide great insulation by working hand in hand with your base layer to trap air between layers, resulting in enhanced warmth and comfort. Microfleece is the ideal mid layer, as it is lightweight and highly breathable. Warmth without weight is important, especially during active use, and fleece is ideal for keeping you warm without restricting your movement.

3. Outer Shell

Last but certainly not least, you’ll need a great ski jacket. This snowproof or waterproof layer is your main defence against the elements, keeping you insulated at all times. If you tend to feel the cold more than others or expect to spend a lot of time away from the slopes on your trip a down jacket may suit you.

Find out more about The Layering System.