I've found the most common excuse used by people for not trying winter activities is their dislike of the COLD! However, I can safely confirm that there is a solution (clue: title).
An assumption is that its absolutely freezing 24/7 on the slopes; which isn't the case. I found that on my trip to Avoriaz in March 2017, I was often too hot rather than cold; therefore, hydration (drinking water) was very important! Be sure to plan your trip carefully.
I've listed essential clothing items for anyone planning to go on a snowboard or ski trip:
- Woolie Hat
- Ski Jacket
- Salopettes (Ski Trousers)
- Gloves or Mittens
- Thick Long Socks
- Snow Boots
- Glove Liners
- Thermal Clothing
- Fleece Jacket
Buying winter clothing is like anything you purchase, you get what you pay for. Understandably, beginners/first timers are less likely to want purchase expensive clothing and equipment. Therefore, I'd suggest picking items within a comfortable price range. However, depending on the location, conditions and time of year; optional items may become fundamental for your trip.
Initially, I assumed that everything ski/snowboarding related was really expensive; which is true if you're buying things on an actual ski resorts. However, if you do your research beforehand, you'll find bargains, discounts and affordable clothing deals online.
I have listed below the retailers I personally purchased my winter trip clothes from:
- Mountain Warehouse
Written by Dazzle