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Muddy’s guide to skiing essentials

Considering heading out on your first-ever ski holiday? Well before you slalom and schuss, you may want to consider packing these clothing essentials.

If you’re planning to spend a few days on the slopes you’re going to need some serious gear to keep you warm and…well dry! We got some expert advice from Cotswold Outdoor and have put together a guide to what really matters on the mountain.


Regardless if you’re a novice or a hardened skier, a helmet is for everyone. Hurtling down a snowy mountain, your head is going to need a little protection.  This Saloman QST Charge comes with double active ventilation and it’s nifty molding protects your head and has an inner Merino wool liner to keep your head snug.


Invest in a good one and it will keep you warm even off the piste. We love the waterproof Roxy Jet Ski Jacket. You’ll definitely get noticed coming down the slopes in this one. It’s sporty but also cut to flatter your figure. It offers breathable protection and much-needed insulation not to mention, the cosy fur on the hood is removable.

Thermal Base Layer

Rather than keep you warm, the base layer is needed to keep you dry – so no matter how much you sweat or how wet your clothes get, you’ll never feel the wetness against your skin. The Icebreaker Long Sleeve Crewe is lightweight, highly breathable, non-itch, low bulk, odour resistant and highly practical  – what’s not to love?


The Oakley’s A Frame 2.0 Goggle is a popular one and can be worn by you or your partner! They’ve got a great fit and increased field of view perfect for when you’re sliding down the slopes at high speed.

Ski gloves

Invest in waterproof and breathable gloves. Mittens are warmer than gloves and these Revelstoke Etip Gloves from Northface are ideal for all winter sports. It uses Heatseeker insulation to ensure your fingers stay warm.

Ski Socks

You don’t necessarily need to go for super thick socks to keep your toes warm. These 1000 Mile Womens Ski and Snowboarding Socks have wicking yarns that are ultra-soft, lightweight, durable and quick drying.

Snow boots

Well-known brand Merrell are always a good bet for anything. These Waterproof boots will tick all the boxes for everything you need and are super comfy plus, the air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability.

Ski Trousers

Stretch fabric is a God-send and never more than when you’re skiing. The Protest Women’s Kensington Snow Pants come in four colours. They’re slim fit, waterproof yet breathable and the reinforced zippers make it ideal for skiing down the slopes.



Don’t leave the house with your sunscreen. In the sun, at altitude, the rays can be brutal. Buy a small tube of SPF 30 to SPF 50 and most importantly, remember to apply it.

All these brands are available at Cotswold Outdoor online or pop into the store in Leicester.

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