Whether you’re headed to Val d’Isere, Kitzbühel or Zermatt, half the fun of skiing is looking great whilst you do it – even if you’re only there for the Glühwein and raclette (I won’t judge).
Wondering what to pack? From the best boots to buy, to all-in-ones, jackets, socks and salopettes, read on for the ultimate inspo for ski wear for beginners before you hit the slopes…
What should I pack to go skiing?
The best trousers and salopettes
If you’re shopping for ski wear for beginners on a budget, look no further than this sleek black pair of trousers from Wedze. They’re warm and waterproof – handy for if you’ll be spending a fair amount of time on your bottom – and half of the fabric used is recycled polyester – big green tick! Wedze also stocks a chic pair of sage green salopettes with a comfortable stretch waistband, shoulder straps for extra support and handy pockets.
The North Face’s high-waist, wind repellent Snoga trousers come with five star reviews for a reason; in white and black up to a size 18. I also love these 80’s inspired, turquoise Alpine pants.
For the ultimate statement investment buy, try these funky printed trews by Bunny Slope (they come with a matching puffer if you want the complete look!)
The practical boots
Unless you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll be hiring your poles and skis. You can hire your boots too, which is often recommended for total novices that may not go back for more next season. But if you’re worried about squeezing into a borrowed pair there are plenty of reasonably priced styles to snap up.
I would recommend going in-store to find out how your boot should fit to your foot. Once you know your size, try Rossignol’s award-winning Pure Elite 70 ski boot with a snuggly faux fur trim. This design is renowned for their comfort, warmth and support – perfect for first time buyers and beginner to intermediate skiers.
For keeping your toes toasty when you’re not hurtling down green and blue runs, UGG boots are back. I like the flatform Funkette. If you’re after a classic snow boot, try the Truffle Collection at Asos for a quilted, cosy bargain buy. Or splurge at Moon Boot on this khaki nylon pair.
Warm layers are key
Layers are the most important part of your outfit. You may want to add more if you are particularly sensitive to the cold, but you also need to be able to take layers off as you get going. Stick to the rule of three to keep things simple.
Start with breathable base layers. These are key for when you perspire and for keeping that extra warmth in when you’re sitting on a chairlift. Try The North Face’s Easy thermal leggings – these will fit nicely under all ski pants. Sweaty Betty’s base collection is also well revered – the Glisten seamless top in navy leopard print is a total must-have or try the red and black graphic half-zip in the sale.
You will also need a mid-layer to maintain your body heat: opt for a fleece, a knit or if you get really chilly, a light insulated liner jacket. This retro roll neck from Urban Outfitters is right on the money and it will work with jeans off the slopes too.
I also rate Columbia’s cropped fleece in a zesty yellow that has a similarly vintage feel. And for those that can’t stand the cold, this power-pink, packaway puffer coat will do just the trick. Finally, you will need an outer layer…
The best ski jackets to pack
It doesn’t matter if you have all the gear and no idea – eye-catching, look-at-me ski jackets are everywhere and they’re your best bet for making a statement in the snow. I have my eye on this boxy-fit, mock necked silver style by Iet Frans. Superdry’s Pro Racer red, shiny puffer is also one to try.
Dare2B is known for reliable stand-out styles and this recycled design is bold, yet sustainable and super warm too. If you’re after a belted jacket at a bargain price, opt for Jack Wills’ navy and pink contrasting number. The best buy of the bunch? Liquorish Ski’s neon pink and yellow checked waterproof – it won’t be around for long at a discounted price (now £48!)
If you’re looking for one major investment piece, you can’t go wrong with a ski suit – you’ll be getting your trousers and a jacket in one fell swoop. For a western-meets-alpine vibe head to Up Wear And Suits to snap up a tassel trim jumpsuit – I covet the cream version but it even comes in lilac, black and a bubblegum pink. This Protest black and white striped sporty iteration is a classic that will work for winters to come. Or head to OOSC – they make some of the top suits around. Bag the rainbow hued, wavey leopard print iteration before it’s gone.
The goggles and helmets
Make sure your goggles are helmet-compatible and anti-fog. Airblaster’s lavender Airpill pair are on my wish list. I also rate Aksium’s unisex designs which come in an array of fun lens colours.
When it comes to your helmet, take function over style every time. I like this pastel green helmet for less than £35. Or go for a two-in-one and get a helmet with a visor – this Decathlon lilac version is a winner.
The best bumbags and backpacks to take skiing
Make sure you take something compact to keep your phone, keys (and your lipstick) safe.
Perfect Moment’s Sherpa waist bag is ideal for slopes-to-après situations – or for running around town between workouts and coffee shops. I also adore Lululemon’s Everywhere belt bag, which comes in five shades – my favourite being the teal.
If you’re hoping to carry refreshments too, a mini backpack will do nicely. Adidas’s pale pink iteration will fit a water bottle plus other bits and bobs. Or try Fjallraven’s lightweight mini Kanken, which comes in 53 different colours to choose from. Simply take your pick!
The warm extras
If you’re ski wear for beginners shopping, don’t forget these last important details! You will definitely need to protect your extremities if you’re planning on being out from dusk ‘til dawn.
Superdry’s coral Snow beanie is very jolly and very thick for maximum warmth. If you’re not into hats, try these fabulous ear warmers from Free People.
Hestra have been making gloves since 1936, so it’s safe to say that they really know what they’re doing – I love the Moon Light quilted, water-resistant mittens in dark green. For thermal gloves that you can wear whilst using your phone, try this handy black touchscreen-adapted pair.
When it comes to socks, Falke’s ski collection is one of the best on the market – especially if you suffer from cold feet generally. The SK2 knee-high style is a purchase you will never regret. And when lining your snow boots, Lavender Hill’s merino wool socks are the softest (and most affordable) around.