Apparel

  
What a difference the right clothing can make!

The weather may be cold, wet and windy, but you are warm and dry, because you are wearing the right gear. Whether you're skiing, snow boarding or just playing in the snow, versatile winter apparel is worth the investment.

Shopping for snow gear can seem a little overwhelming. At Ski Scene you will find the best gear, at the right price with the best advice.

New fabrics and insulation are constantly making apparel warmer,  more waterproof, more breathable and lighter.

Don't worry, this guide is designed to give you information about dressing for the snow.

Layer Up

The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you the flexibility to add or remove, depending on the weather and your activity.

The three main layers are Wicking/Thermal, Insulating and Protection.

Wicking/Thermal Layer

The thermal layer is made of either polypropylene or wool. The fibres in these two fabrics are designed to wick away any moisture from your skin which then allows it pass through retaining a dry layer, as opposed to cotton which retains the dampness attracting the cold. This keeps you warm dry and comfortable during strenuous activity. Ski Scene has these available in the long johns and crew neck tops. Both fabrics are available in adults and childrens sizes.

Insulating Layer

The middle layer has the purpose of keeping the heat in and the cold out, which is accomplished by trapping air between the layers. The most popular fabric used is a poly fleece.

Protection Layer

The exterior layer of a jacket and pants serves as our guard against the elements of winter. It should repel rain,snow or sleet and block the wind, while also leting perspiration evaporate.

They are made waterproof and breathable by using tightly woven fabrics teamed with a DWR coating and/or laminated, keeping you warm, dry and comfortable.

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Headwear & Helmets

Up to 60% of your bodies heat can escape from an uncovered head, so wearing a beanie, headband or helmet is essential. Helmets not only  help protect your head against knocks, they keep you warm. Adult and children's are available for sale and rental from Ski Scene.

A fleece neck warmer is a must on those extra cold days.

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Goggles

As well as offering protection against adverse conditions, they help keep your face warmer. Snow or any reflective surface may increase your exposure to UV, whilst higher altitude also magnifies the danger. Our range of goggles offer 100% UVA/UVB radiation protection and have a double lens.

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Sunscreen

With greater radiation at higher altitudes, the chances of sunburn are also increased, please carry and apply regularly.

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Gloves & Mittens

Look for gloves and mittens that use waterproof/breathable fabrics.

Mittens are warmer than gloves therefore ideal for children.

Consider the type of activity that you are doing. Snow boarding gloves will have reinforced palm and finger tips because of the extra wear from adjusting bindings and increased contact with the snow. Wrist guards are a good idea for novice snow boarders as they offer protection against falls sustained whilst learning.

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Socks

Often the most overlooked aspect of your outfit, having the correct pair will make all the difference to the comfort of your ski or board boots.

Only wear one pair of lightweight (thin) or medium weight at a time.

Some of the more technical varieties offer wicking properties like thermal under wear, meaning your feet will stay dry and warmer.

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Tips

  • The wicking layer should fit snugly next to the skin, in order to effectively wick moisture. Comfort is the key for the insulating layer. It should be loose enough to trap air between layers, but not so bulky that it restricts movement. Whether you are a skier or boarder, your protection layer should fit comfortably, offering you maximum range of motion.
  • Goggles should form an uninterrupted seal on your face, extending above your eyebrows and below your cheekbones. Watch for gaps especially around your nose. All our goggles are helmet compatible.
  • Do not buy gloves or mitts that are too tight. There should be a little air space at the tips of your fingers, (about a pinch) which acts as additional insulation.
  • Cotton is a no-no.  Anything containing cotton is all wrong for on slope apparel. It absorbs moisture (sweat and snow) and retains it. (Great for towels)  Do not wear socks,jeans,sweatshirts or t shirts, with a cotton blend as you will get very cold.

If you have any queries at all regarding snow gear, please feel free to contact the helpful and knowledgeable staff at Ski Scene.

We are here to make your trip to the snow a wonderful experience!