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Hitting the slopes in style
January 29, 2015
Guten Tag everyone, I’m just back from a fantastic family skiing holiday in Austria. There was freshly fallen snow when we arrived and three more powdery falls during the week, so other than one day when visibility was extremely low, conditions for the week were perfect and we had no excuse for bad skiing (not that that stopped us!).
There were ten of us in our group and luckily we have only minor bruising to show for it. I did end up with a rotten one on my thigh from a sliding fall but thankfully it wasn't bad enough to prevent me skiing for the rest of the week and it’s healing well.
So if any of you are lucky enough to be heading off on your skiing holiday soon, here are a few tips and pointers to help you hit the slopes in style.
Obviously your main concern on the slopes is to stay dry and keep warm but once you know your ski gear is warm, breathable and snowproof, the only thing left to worry about is looking your best - simple right?!
Prices for ski gear can vary hugely so the amount you spend comes down to the number of times you’ll wear it. If you're someone who’ll get plenty of wear out of your ski jacket at home for the rest of the year it might be a good idea to invest in a really nice one. If not, maybe you should consider borrowing one.
With all that padding and layers, ski gear can easily bulk you up. To counter this, go for a ski jacket in a shorter, more fitted, feminine style ideally with some waist-effect detailing. Watch out for too many details though: buttons, zips, pockets and elastic chords are often the cause of bruising if you fall. You really only need a zip pocket on your sleeve for your ski pass and one or two more on the inside of your jacket for sunblock, lip balm, phone, tissues and money.
Now that everyone wears helmets skiing (well almost everyone, there’s always one…) hoods are just for show. Lots of styles have detachable fur-trimmed hoods that look great and allow you to remove the hood while skiing.
Bright colours look best against the snow and have the added advantage of helping your friends pick you out in blizzard or foggy conditions, I love the neon styles for this reason. Bearing in mind you'll have little or no make-up on - by the end of the day at least - try to find a jacket in one of your best colours to help you look your best. Here are a few styles I like.
1. Toni Sailer €965 from Snow+Rock 2. Cypress down quilted €415 from Net-A-Porter. 3. Roxy polka-dot €660 from Net-A-Porter. 4. Bogner Xenia €360 from Zalando 5. Snowstorm JK €349.95 from Roxy-Ireland.ie 6. The North Face Quince €220 7. The North Face St Peak 7 €310 8. M. Miller Avril €1,675 from Harrods 9. Aldi SkiPro €39.99.
Baggy ski pants can look dated so go for more fitted styles that are more slimming and flattering. Shell, soft-shell or stretch styles are most popular with women because they provide maximum mobility however as they are lightweight, a heavier base layer is best with these.
1. Mover Gore-Tex €860 from Net-A-Porter 2. Helly Hansen Legendary €144 from 53 Degrees North 3. Bogner Marit Leopard €1,150 from Harrods 4. Schoffel Fergie Dynamic €215 from Snow+Rock 5. Columbia Veloca Vixen €129 from Great Outdoors 6. O'Neills Stretch Softshell €133 from 53 Degrees North.
Essentially a pair of long johns and a long-sleeved t-shirt, this is one part of your ski-gear you absolutely cannot go without. The main purpose of your base layer is to keep you dry, not warm because nothing makes you cold more quickly than wet cloth against your skin. If you can afford to, upgrade from cotton to the moisture-wicking versions, which actively transfer sweat or moisture away from your skin.
Glees Baselayer Set €34.99 from Tresspass.com
These are really only seen when you take off your jacket for lunch or for après-ski, so it’s nice to have one that looks good but it’s really about keeping warm. Base layers under ski pants are enough to keep your legs warm so mid layers are only needed for your top half. For flexibility and comfort – plus their ability to trap warm air - wearing lots of thin layers works better than one thick one. Snug, fitted half zip styles are my favourite but any thin fleece or sweater will do just as well, again avoiding cotton where possible because it loses it’s ability to insulate once wet.
1. Spyder Soiree Hoody €265 from Snow + Rock 2. Icebreaker Boreal Merino €104.99 from Great Outdoors 3. Berghaus Spectrum €47 from Snow + Rock 4. Sweaty Betty Mountain Climber Merino €210 from SweatyBetty.com 5. Spyder Major Cable Sweater €170 from Snow + Rock.
Sunglasses and Goggles
Goggles come in every colour under the sun, personally white are my favourite. Some people use goggles for bad weather and wrap-around sunglasses when the sun comes out. Alternatively, more expensive goggles have interchangeable lenses that can be swapped around whether the sun is out or it’s cloudy.
Selection of Sinner Goggles available at Dieters Sports Shop, Westendorf
Of course you could always go for a helmet with built-in visor for that 'Top Gun extra' look. I haven't tried this myself but I am told these can work really well for people who want to wear their glasses underneath.
Slokker Dinho Visor Helmet in Leather & Snakeskin at Dieters Sports Shop, Westendorf.
Also available online £240 from GlideSlide.co.uk
Skis, poles, boots and helmets
All these can be hired at your ski resort. They come in an array of styles and colours so don’t be afraid to ask for the colours you want. At this point I must thank the lovely (read patient) guys at Dieters Sports Shop, Westendorf for kitting my fabulous sis-in-law Niamh and me out in beautifully co-ordinated ski equipment (…”we don’t really care if they're good for carving... do they look good with my outfit?!” etc …) and Superglam (what else) skis.
Just make sure they’re warm and waterproof! Think holding onto icy metal poles on button lifts!
Must be warm, snug and comfy. Avoid itchy woollen styles!
Great for keeping the cold at bay, my son and his cousin wore theirs tucked inside their goggles train-robber-style for extra warmth when