Any advice for a first time skier? What should I bring?
Question:I'm going to Lake Tahoe for 4 days this week. I'm not quite sure what to bring, mind you I'm from Texas and have seen snow maybe 5 times total in my life. Ski tips? How many layers of clothes should I wear while skiing?
Thanks a bunch!
Buy some real wool socks, or if you can't find them, at least find or buy socks that are not 100% cotton.
You want your outer layer to be waterproof preferably. How many under layers to wear? Depends on the temps. Bring chapstick and sunscreen - cold weather will dry out your lips, and your nose and cheeks can get really sunburnt skiing if you don't wear screen.
Goggles- yes the cost a lot but they are worth it.
Please, please, please, wear a helmet. Even a bike helmet will provide more protection then a hat. You only have one head.
wear a shirt (LS or SS)
ski jacket or any WATERPROOF jacket
bring the big waterproof gloves that some maybe consider "ugly", but thse keep ur hands warm
a neck warmer. like a scarf but no tail. and if its cold, u can always pull it up to cover ur face.
goggles (very helpful) they keep the snow and wind out of ur eyes
polyester socks! cotton socks absorb sweat (thats y ppl like them) however, wen its cold outside, that sweat is basically water and it freezes just like water does. if u dont want cold feet, wear POLYESTER.
snow pants. get baggy ones if ur not that advanced or u dont care if u go fast. get tight legging-like pants if u wanna go fast, though u may feel a little strange. if ur gonna wear baggy-ish snow pants, i suggest leggings underneath so u'll b able to bed and it wont feel uncomfortable wen u tuck it into ur ski boots.
hope this helps!
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1) GET LESSONS
Too many people think skiing is easy to learn. It's not. Get one beginners lesson your first day there so you can enjoy the rest of your time cruising up and down the bunny hill.
2) Wear one pair of socks.
Anything extra will bunch up in your ski boot and cut of circulation in a hurry.
- next to your skin you want a wicking baselayer, typically made from a synthetic material. It's role is to absorb the sweat on your skin and push it out to the next layer of fabric (the process is called wicking.) NEVER wear cotton as a baselayer (or as any layer when there is the possibility of sweating or getting wet.)
- The next layer you'll want to wear is for insulation - synthetic fleece or an insulated jacket like down or primaloft will do, anything that has a decent amount of loft to it to trap the warm air close to your body. Depending on how cold it will be, you may want to have different weight insulating layers you can choose or change in and out of.
- Finally, on top, you want a shell - a waterproof / breathable jacket that repels water but allows sweat to escape.
I ski mostly new england , in temps ranging from -5 to +50 degress F. On a cold day I have long undies..."Hot Chillies" and "Duofold" are both good products...I wear those top and bottom, a sweater and a ski jacket over them. I have some ski pants I wear too...you want to try and stay away from cotton. Once it gets wet, your cold and the day is over. Dont worry about socks...regular dress socks inside of ski boots are fine. The most important thing to bring on a ski trip is a pile of folding money or a good credit card! Have fun at tahoe...Im envious! You going to North or south tahoe? If you can get up north, make sure to check out a place called "Calneva"...cool old hotel casino.
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