Beginner Snow Skiing Lessons : Ski Clothing Tips


Hi! This is Dave Smith with Hillcrest Ski
and Sports in Gresham, Oregon on behalf of Expert Village. In this tutorial we will cover
beginning skiing. In this clip we’re going to cover how to dress appropriately. Before
you even get to ski hill, you need to be prepared for the conditions, you’re going to face at
the hill. Conditions can vary. It could be very snowy to very dry, very sunny to very
cloudy, and you want to be prepared for anything you might face at the mountain. To start with,
you’re going to need to think about a base layer, something directly against your skin.
You want to have something that will move moisture away from your body instead of trapping
it against your body. A good material for this polypropylene or polyester blend. Here’s
an example of a pair of polypropylene pants that you can wear right against your skin
underneath the rest of your snow equipment. Here’s an example of a polypropylene top.
On colder days at the mountain, you might want to add a layer of fleece between you
base layer and your outer garments. Here’s an example of a pair of fleece pants. Fleece
is a material that doesn’t trap moisture. Also, it has a lot of warmth and it’s still
light weight. Here’s a fleece top. For your outer garments, you’re going to want something
that’s both waterproof and also breathable. You’re going to want to think about how much
insulation you need. People have personal preferences. Some stay warmer than others.
A very thin garment might require many layers underneath, but is very versatile. A thicker
garment is going add more warmth, but may not be quite at versatile. Here’s a pair of
waterproof of breathable pants. Waterproof ratings should be listed on garments. They
start around 500 millimeters of waterproofing and can go up as high as 30,000. The higher
the number, the more waterproof the garment. Here’s an example of a waterproof breathable
jacket. This is a little more of a shell meaning it’s a little thinner and might require more
layers underneath. If you had a thicker jacket such as down jacket, you might not require
as many layers underneath. You’re also going to need a pair of gloves and a hat to keep
your head warm. Alternately, you might choose a helmet, which many people are doing now
a days for safety. Last but not least, we have socks. You want to stay away from cotton
and stick with a synthetic blend that will move moisture away from your foot instead
of trapping it against your feet.

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