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Many people who are learning to ski for the first time are also new to prolonged periods in such cold weather, much less being active in it. It's important to make sure you have the right ski and snowboard equipment, of course, but it's also important to make sure you are wearing the right garments. You want to be able to concentrate on your lessons, not on blisters, chapping, or chills.

Here are some tips:

  • Layer, layer, layer!
    • Invest in garments that are made with moderately insulated, moisture wicking fabrics for your inside layers. Think an athletic shirt as a base layer, then a thicker pullover, a vest, and then top off with a more insulated, water resistant jacket. This will allow you to adjust your temperature as necessary througout your day and keep you warm and dry. Same concept goes for your legs.
  • Stay away from cotton.
    • Especially when being active, cotton is not the best at wicking away moisture from the body and can even tend to lead to blistering. Save the cotton for your apres activities.
  • You need gloves!
    • Some don't like gloves because it restricts their movement, but trust us. In that kind of weather, you need it. Invest in some well-made, well-insulated gloves and they don't have to be so thick that you can't move.
  •  You also NEED a hat
    • Here's your chance to show off a lot of your personality. You need a hat to keep you warm and keep heat from escaping your body. There's no question of that. So get one you love - It'll be the main way people notice where you are in the crowd or on the slope, so have fun with it!

Still have questions? While scheduling with one of our many amazing instructors you found on SkiLikeThat.com, ask them what they recommend. Many instructors have relationships with the ski shops in the towns where you'll be staying, so they'll be able to recommend the right gear to you, and the right sales associates to make sure you have exactly what you need and that you love it. 

Ski instructors are great resources for all your questions about the slopes. Find your perfect ski instructor today at SkiLikeThat.com.