Ski Clothing Buying Guide

Ski Clothing Buying Guide

Anyone can be uncomfortable, but you don't have to be.

Good quality skiing clothes will not only keep you warm, but will also transport perspiration away from the body to keep your dry: modern materials used for sports clothing will 'wick' moisture away from the skin so sweat does not sit against the skin, causing discomfort and leading to chapping and chafing. Dress in layers to trap warmth and help you accommodate the changes in temperature. Outer layers should be waterproof and protect you from the wind.

LD Mountain Centre's Tips for Comfortable Skiing

  1. Choose the right boots - this is essential, so don't rush it!
  2. Wear a hat or a headband to retain body heat
  3. Always protect your eyes
  4. Use a high protection sun lotion of at least SPF 20 on any exposed skin
  5. Wear one pair of thin socks designed for skiing - don't layer, and don't wear cotton
  6. Take a first aid kit with you that contains plenty of plaster and blister cream
  7. Consider wearing a helmet for extra protection
  8. Don't tuck your trousers into your boot
  9. Have a good quality pair of gloves for warmth
  10. Look for ski clothes made of materials that transport perspiration away from the skin, multiple thin layers for warmth and waterproof outers to keep your dry.

Footbeds & Ski Boots

In some cases people become fatigued even though they are in good physical shape. This is generally due to overcompensating for poorly fitting boots or due to feet that are not stable enough to allow for efficient ski turns.” If their boot doesn’t fit properly, or if their feet have insufficient stability, people try to make up for it by clamping down on the top of the boot. This may compromise circulation or nerve supply to the feet that results in cold and numb feet at the end of each ski run which not only makes skiing less comfortable but also less fun.

 

Socks

 

Socks are part of your insulation from the cold and are crucial in winter sports such as skiing. Good socks will not only help keep your feet dry, by 'wicking' away any moisture from the feet but will also keep them warm and comfortable within your boots. Many beginners assume that layering multiple pairs of thick socks are the way to keep warm and dry, but the experts stress that you should only wear one pair of thin socks, so it's best to opt for specialised skiing socks. What blend you choose comes down to personal choice and comfort, but whatever you do don't wear 100% cotton socks - they actually hold the moisture against the skin, which will quickly cause painful blistering. If you really need extra warmth, opt for sock liners - preferably silk -, which are worn under your ski socks and keep warmth in without encouraging perspiration to hang around

 

Street shoes and ski boots are quite different, and orthotics for skiing need to be specifically fine-tuned for the demands of the sport. Some skier’s turn well to the left but not to the right –this can be due to differences in the shape and function of the feet. Orthotics can compensate for these differences and improve overall comfort and performance, which in turn reduces fatigue.

 

Follow these simple tips for a healthy – and high performance - winter workout:

 

  • Before taking to the slopes in cold weather, it’s important to loosen up the muscles by stretching. Stretching helps prevent muscle pulls and tears, and prepares the muscles for the exertion required by the constant flexing of the joints demanded by skiing and snowboarding.
  • Wear proper fitting boots because tight ones restrict blood flow and nerve sensation to your feet. If you have difficulty edging or turning in downhill skiing, or if your feet and legs get fatigued excessively during skiing or snowboarding, consider getting custom orthotics for your winter footwear.
  • Wear technical ski socks inside your boots. Podiatric physicians recommend a single pair of socks made of smart wool, polypropylene or acrylic fibres that wick away moisture caused by perspiration or melting snow inside the boot.
  • Keep your feet warm by keeping the rest of your body warm, especially your upper body and head. Feet soaked in snow should get back indoors quickly to avoid the danger of frostbite. Wear a hat, waterproof gloves and dress in layers to prevent getting cold.
  • Warm up your legs and feet prior to activity. Stretch your hamstrings, calves and Achilles tendons.
  • Begin your activity gradually. Hit the slopes slowly.

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