Skiing Kit

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that July is the time to think about the art of not looking your age by starting with sorting your skiing kit out. They recommend that you go through your skiing kit and replace what is worn or missing.

In their book What Not To Wear For Every Occasion they offer the following advice for gathering together a ski kit. They say that its no good just packing a load of heavy woollens and chucking in your favourite little black dress. You have to consider the freezing temperatures, hazardous walking conditions, how much cleavage the ski club can take as well as your skiing ability.

Beginner on the Slopes: No matter how long your jacket, it will not be long enough to keep you dry if you wear ordinary trousers so never wear jeans. An all-in-one is the most comfortable thing to wear when you’re learning to ski. No snow will get inside so you’ll be warm all day. If you get to hot, you can control the input of cool air through the zip down the front. a dark colour like black will mean you’ll be seen even in a blizzard. Top off with a warm & traditional hat instead of the silly novelty one you might be tempted to go for. Wear smaller, thirties style, wraparound sunglasses to avoid suntan marks & keep toenails well trimmed to avoid disaster.

Professional on the slopes: Think practical & comfortable. A not too bulky or short jacket that is roomy enough for adventurous skiing. Warm waterproof lightweight trousers that are not too tight for vigorous movement. The best goggles you can afford.

Poser on the slopes: Try a black & white all in one with matching jacket in a fabric that clings in all the right places while still being thick enough to keep you warm & dry while still hiding all the wobbly bits.

Casual Après Ski: Think loungewear for staying in, slightly looser sweatpants with matching top worn with a linger vest to break up the matching top & trousers. team with some slip on sneakers.

Trendy Après Ski: For having a drink in bar jeans are the best basic to build on, add a sexy fitted plunging sweater, long scarf and low heeled boots. Leave the mini skirts & heels at home.

Smart Après Ski: Winter white is the ultimate in winter chic, a fur gilet with  fine knits underneath. Leave the jewellery at home and wear your hear down to help keep your ears warm.

They also offer the following tips

  • packing smaller, thirties style, wraparound sunglasses to avoid suntan marks
  • packing hand & food warmers to help with circulation
  • Taking some Weleda arnica to massage into sore and tired mussels
  • Apply sun protection liberally when heading out for the day and after sun when getting back.
  • Take Optrex for tired, hung over & wind damaged eyes
  • Always keep a packet of tissues in your pocket.
  • Keeping toenails well trimmed to avoid disaster.
  • Its better to have more layers than heavier clothes

Real recommends the following list of essentials for a skiing trip where you get to relax and not have to go shopping for the things your missing

Carry-on Bag

  • Airline boarding passes & other travel tickets
  • Passport, visa etc.
  • Drivers licence
  • Bank cards & money
  • Hotel, show, restaurant  & other reservation confirmations
  • Photocopies of all cards & travel documents, prescriptions, insurance details.
  • Emergency phone contacts
  • Prescription medicine & contraception
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen & travel sickness pills
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Small bag of make-up
  • Brush & comb
  • Camera
  • A good book
  • Light sweater
  • 1 change of clothes including underwear
  • Headphones
  • Travel pillow & wrap

Checked Bag

  • 2 pairs of shoes that you have worn before & broken in
  • 3 pairs of light cotton socks
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 skirts or dresses
  • 1 casual top
  • 2 blouses or shirts
  • Lingerie
  • Slippers
  • 3 pairs of underwear & 2 bras
  • Evening wrap or Jacket
  • Evening bag
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Soap & face cleanser
  • Deodorant
  • Hand & body lotion
  • Lip balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Tooth floss
  • Cotton balls & buds
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file & clippers
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Charges for cell phone, iPod, camera etc. plus adaptor if needed
  • resalable plastic bags
  • Maps & guidebooks
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Addresses for postcards
  • Comfortable daypack
  • Swiss army knife
  • Travel umbrella & rain poncho
  • First aid kit with: band aids, antacids, antihistamines, diarrhoea medicine & antibacterial cream
  • Foldable lightweight tote
  • IPod
  • travel candle & matches
  • Bubble bath & scented massage oil
  • Waterproof ski pants & jacket or snowsuit
  • Turtleneck
  • Heavy sweater
  • Long thermal underwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat or headband
  • Neck warmer or scarf
  • Goggles
  • Ski, poles, ski boots
  • Waterproof socks
  • Hand & Foot Warmers
  • Waterproof boots
  • Ski sock
  • Ski bag



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