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What to wear skiing & snowboarding

Deciding what to pack for your first ski holiday can be a daunting task and knowing what to wear skiing and snowboarding can mean the difference between a brilliant or a terrible day. Here is our guide to the essentials (and little luxuries) you should think about bringing to get the best experience on the slopes. We have also included some links to reviews and buying guides.

Note: TGM Holidays are not affiliated to any of the brands included. The views and opinions expressed in external articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of TGM Holidays.

Thermal Base Layers

Base layers are worn next to your skin. They come in various synthetic and natural materials and should have a close, comfortable fit. They should have wicking properties and dry quickly so that sweat is not next to your skin too long. All outdoor shops stock thermal base layers, as well as some supermarkets at certain times of year. Bring at least 2 sets (long johns and long-sleeved top) for your holiday so that you can dry/air a set each day.

Mid Layers

The mid layer is probably the most flexible part of the ski layering system, it could be a micro fleece, a lightweight jacket or a down or synthetic layer, depending on conditions. The most popular type of mid layer for beginners is a mid weight fleece, worn over the base layer but these can range dramatically in price, so its worth doing a bit of research to get the best value.

10 of the best Mid Layers

Ski Socks

You are going to be on your feet all day, so comfort is a priority, get the best quality ski socks you can afford to help ease the un-avoidable aches and pains from ski boots, and keep your feet warm all day. Look out for tube style socks with no seams that might rub on your feet or calf. Three pairs should be enough for a week holiday.

Jacket and Salopettes

A good quality set of snow specific outer-wear is essential for a happy day on the slopes. These will keep you warm and dry, and protect you if you fall over. Look for waterproof jackets with a hood and snow skirt. Trousers / Salopettes should have snow-gaters and reinforced ankles.

10 Best Ski Jackets

Goggles / Sunglasses

The glare from a sunny day or wind and snowy conditions mean that what ever the weather, you need eye protection. Goggles and sunglasses with good UV protection are essential for your trip.

Goggle Buying Guide


Bring a warm wooly hat for lunch times, breaks and Après ski.


Cold hands can ruin a good day on the snow, therefore your gloves need to fit well, have good insulation and be waterproof. Try lots on in the shop to make sure fingers have space to move and you can grip properly.

Ski Glove Reviews


A small day sack can be really useful on the slopes. Having snacks, water, spare layers and a hat can all make a day out more enjoyable. Make sure your bag fits well as it may distract you if its moving around while you are skiing.


Bring a high factor suncream to protect your cheeks and lips from snow glare and sun.

Off the Slope

Sturdy footwear is essential for walking around the resorts during the evenings. Bring waterproof trainers or warm boots as well as extra warm socks for this.

You can download our full recommended kit list here: Kit_List.pdf


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