1 Jan 2019 22:31
About to go skiing for the first time and need to start from scratch with gear.
Any recommendations? Need the obvious for on the slopes and also stuff for nights out. Not sure what the vibe is (Courcheval) at night?
Got nothing whatsoever suitable for cold weather so advice appreciated. Cheers
2 Jan 2019 00:10
Tkmaxx good for ski gear. Do layering. Decathlon for other stuff including helmet
Apres and nights out is all casual
posted 2 Jan 2019 07:11, edited 2 Jan 2019 07:11
I usually go for thermal underwear, thin fleece, thicker fleece then shell.
Depending on the temperature I'll then whack the heavier fleece (or sometimes both) into my backpack during the day.
Layering is a must as the temperature can vary so much depending on the shade and wind on that particular piste, the time of day and how much you're moving around.
Decathlon stuff is great so no need to break the bank if it's your first time. You've probably got a decent shell already. Ski-specific jackets with special pockets and snow gaiters are nice but not exactly a necessity.
Start your apres early and be in bed by midnight. Only dickhead Brits will still be out at 2am.
2 Jan 2019 08:42
please don't do the classic fuker thing and drop £2k on gear to be sliding about on the nursery slope… tk maxx or decathlon.. get some thermals etc. I only use a fleece if it's properly cold - otherwise a hoodie
2 Jan 2019 14:51
Cheers all, very helpful.
What’s best footwear for nights/apres? Need snow boots?
2 Jan 2019 14:55
No, just wear normal boots/trainers you don’t mind fucking up a bit.
If you’re going to drop money on anything having a decent pair of gloves that keep your hands warm and dry is really important. You’ll be miserable otherwise.
2 Jan 2019 14:58
Any half-established resort will be regularly gritted so you can probably get away with trainers. Bring something with a lugged sole if you have already though.
Snow boots not necessary unless your accomodation is out in the sticks or you're planning on actually walking through the snow.
2 Jan 2019 15:05
Decathlon best place to go. Some of the stuff on tacky max can be proper rascal and skeptical quality. You’ll be able to get everything from them, good quality and not half bad styling on some stuff. The wed’ze line is what they call their ski gear.
Depending on time of year your going will decide what other layers you’ll need, if it’s below the double digit minus mark, a light down layer can be a good idea. That and a balaclava saved my bacon last year when it was -14 and the wind was high.
Regarding snow boots, timbs or trainers with a fair amount of tread should be fine. Don’t want to go over on your arse and do yourself a misery first time round . If your going to apres your most likely going to stick in your ski boots, and anything else will just get fucked.
Final bit of advise, bring so many pairs of socks. Bring enough for 2 pairs a day. I know this sounds excessive but damp cold socks will make your fucking miserable. Have a pair to ski in and then a fresh pair to
Put on when you go into town in the evening.
Try to not eat on the mountain too much, prices are offensive.
posted 2 Jan 2019 15:18, edited 2 Jan 2019 15:18
ive skied a lot and very rarely been in -14 temp. I guess depends when you go and how up you are etc.
Everyone looks forward to putting on comfortable shoes after wearing ski boots all day so depedning on resort a decent pair of comfortable trainers is the best…
last one…do lots of squats every day for a few weeks before you go.
2 Jan 2019 15:26
Running and squats before you go is a good shout so your legs dont give in later in the week.
Columbia stuff is good and decent value too.
posted 2 Jan 2019 15:40, edited 2 Jan 2019 15:40
would rather a pair of leather boots over trainers for mincing about the resort in.. but if you are really doing apres you will probably be in ski boots anyway
5 Jan 2019 18:47
Thanks all, good to see the forum still comes up with the goods after all these years!