Foo goes skiing. Sartorial disaster? - Page 13
Really nothing like riding powder in either of those places - its like riding on a cloud.
The most important thing to know about ski/snowboard clothing is that functionality is key, looks secondary. Nobody cares about labels; usually you get less respect if your skills don't match the wardrobe.
You definitely need a mid-layer; I recommend a good fleece jacket. Going down the hill isn't bad, but waiting in line and riding the lift things can turn turn nasty, especially if there is a strong wind. You are in the mountains, and there is a reason why there's snow on the ground; so keep this in mind and dress warm.
...and don't worry about looking foolish; no matter how perfectly you dress, as a beginner you're gonna crash. No matter how well dressed you are; when you're eating snow, you're going to look foolish.
This almost made me cry!
...one of the best feelings in the world; the smell of the trees and fresh mountain air, and not a sound except for the powder moving underneath....just brilliant!
Ouch. Yeah, that sounds like a problem.
See, these are the conditions I learned in, on rental skis. I'm more threatened by hitting honest to god powder than I am hitting ice.
The one accident I've ever actually been injured in (the aforementioned AC separation) was in that low light, and for some unknown reason, there was a giant chunk of ice in the middle of the slope. Snowman head size, I still have no idea where it came from. I didn't see it until too late, hit it and went flying. The only other time I've ever been close to injury was a big spill where I wound up rolling down the slope, and my ski didn't come off. I got lucky as hell on that one, my leg could have been destroyed. I've never even come close a situation where a helmet would have been useful. Thought the bluetooth speakers mentioned upthread could be nice.
I over rotated off a jump, landed perpendicular to the mountain and my head smacked really hard into a patch of ice. I'm convinced I'd either be dead or at the very least horribly concussed had I not been wearing a helmet. I suppose it's not a necessity if you're just doing downhill but if you want to do anything fun I wouldn't skip it.
I have a lovely SOS (Sportswear of Sweden) lined sweater, great for those sunny days you know it is not going to snow or rain.
I suppose somebody has said to take two pairs of gloves as you can never dry them out properly overnight especially if they are leather.