What to Wear?
Your day on the hill will be most enjoyable if you are dressed appropriately for the weather. Weather conditions can change quickly and drastically during the winter months. That is why we recommend you dress in layers. Here are our recommendations for what you should wear, head to tow!
Helmets are necessary for a safe day of skiing or riding. Modern ski and snowboard helmets are light, comfortable and will keep your head warm. If you don’t have a helmet, the ESC has them for rent at our rental shop. Read about our helmet policy.
Things can get chilly on your neck and face when you’re heading down the hill! Stay warm with a neck warmer that you can pull over your chin and nose. Avoid wearing a scarf, as it can get caught on lifts.
Your base layer should fit snug to your skin, like long underwear. Avoid wearing cotton as it does not insulate when wet. The best material for your base layer is polyester or wool.
Your mid-layer is there to keep the warmth in and the cold out. A thick fleece sweater or down jacket is a good choice for the mid-layer. If you get too warm, you can always remove your mid-layer and ski with your base layer and jacket.
Your shell, or outer layer, should be a windproof and waterproof jacket. If it’s wet or windy, you need to keep it out of your other layers. An insulated winter jacket will keep you the warmest, but a breathable, waterproof windbreaker can work too.
A good pair of snow pants are a must when on the hill. Otherwise, you’re going to get wet and cold fast! We recommend you wear a base layer beneath your snow pants, like long underwear or leggings.
Warm Mitts or Gloves
Protect your hands and fingers with a good pair of insulated, waterproof mitts. Knit mittens don’t work well on the hill, as they let the cold air in and can get wet in the snow. Find a pair that has an extra layer of durable material, like leather, in the palm.
You might be tempted to layer up your socks, but wearing one layer of good, warm socks is better. Wool or polyester works best. Purchase a few pairs of ski socks that come up above your calf. Then your socks won’t dig into your leg with your ski or snowboard boots on.
Ski or Snowboarding Boots
Well-fitting ski and snowboarding boots are necessary. You should be able to wiggle your toes and move your feet a little. Boots that are too tight can make your feet feel cold and cause discomfort.
Not skiing or snowboarding?
If you’re not skiing or riding, but are walking outside at the Edmonton Ski Club, we recommend wearing a sturdy pair of winter boots.