Ski Holiday Tips
- Gear advice
- Friday 6th January, 2023
- By Paul
Most of the staff at Great Outdoors are snow sports mad and there is fierce competition when booking time off during ski season. We put our heads together to come up the best advice whether you’ll be hitting the nursery slope, or you have a few seasons under your salopettes.
When you arrive at your ski resort everything is exciting- it looks just like a winter wonder land- and you will want to explore and mark out the best Après Ski spots. Our key tip would be to get to the ski shop ASAP to get fitted for your boots and skis. You’ll beat the crowds and won’t feel under pressure when choosing the right gear.
After your first day in action, if you aren’t happy with your boots, don’t be afraid to go back to the ski shop to try on some more until you get the right fit.
Bring a spare pair of socks to change into at lunch time in case your rental boots are damp from their previous outing.
Check the temperature daily and dress accordingly but don’t be afraid to take off layers. Beginners are more likely to overheat as everything is new and their bodies have to work harder to stay upright.
Lots of people ask how can they stop their goggles from fogging up. The internet is awash with tips and tricks but the best advice is simple; don’t take them off! The change in temperature will cause them to steam up so taking them off and exposing them to the cold air or putting them on top of your warm head should be avoided. If you’ve tried that, go for double lensed goggles which are better for staying clearer.
If your lens freezes over, don’t be tempted to scratch the ice off. You will risk scratching the lens itself and ruining them. Pop your goggles under your arm pit for a few minutes to defrost them.
The higher altitude and sun reflecting off the snow leaves your skin more vulnerable – make sure to apply an SPF and reapply it often. Remember that the sun will be reflected from the ground so pay attention to under your chin, under your nose and earlobes. A buff or neck gaiter can protect your cheeks from stinging wind burn. Also, check if your goggles offer UV protection and keep them on as much as you can to protect your eyes.
Your ski coat will have lots of pockets – use them for your ski pass, lip balm, phone and other small bits and pieces. If you are taking a backpack, make sure it has both a chest and a waist strap otherwise your bag will move around and mess with your technique. Pack water, your camera, snacks, spare glove and sock liners, and a balaclava if the weather gets bad. Leave space for your extra layers that you might take off.
A small cost of around €5 for a pair of glove savers or mitten minders can save you up to €50 to replace a lost glove.
Manoeuvring all your gear can be difficult for beginners. The simplest way to carry your skis is with the binding resting on your shoulder. Make sure to look around you so you don’t smack someone in the head with your skis when you turn around!