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I am going skiing for the first time and need to know if am taking the right cloths

post #1 of 11
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I didn't want to buy more than I have to since it is my first time skiing. Can someone tell me if UA all season gear will work for a base layer?  Or do I need to spend the money on an actual base layer?

post #2 of 11

Well, where are you going and how cold will it be there?  What's your outerwear situation?  Do you have a hi tech goretex shell or will you be in Carhart insulated overalls?  You'll probably be OK in UnderArmor gear, but a little more info would be helpful.  Can't be any worse than long underwear and bell bottom jeans from the '70's.

 

Welcome to Epicski, and hope your first ski day is the start of a lifelong passion.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

I'm going to Ruidoso and I have a Gerry jacket - 2 layer coated shell and its insulated and waterproof breathable.. It has a textured dobby shell (whatever that is) and it says it has vault technologies, with seams sealed.. I need to go buy pants still.

post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks, also I have UA MTN gloves, I think those are good.

post #5 of 11

UA should be fine in almost all circumstances. If it doesn't work out you can buy something else later. BTW you can get better deals on stuff like baselayers and fleece from hunter/outdoorsman oriented sellers like Cabela's and LL Bean. And if you ever wondered what a Scot wears under his kilt--

 

 

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post #6 of 11

UA is fine for base layer and it sounds like you have a good outer layer as well.  Pants is all you need....  Not sure what the gloves are like but you will want a warmer glove than you would wear for just driving or shoveling snow, etc.

post #7 of 11

Any type of warm layer under the cheapest water resistant pants and jacket is good enough for a first trip. UA is just fine. The energy you spend also keeps you warm if you stay dry. Layer and remove as needed. You might find your getting too warm.  

 

But don't overlook goggles. They are needed just as much as the clothing. Its hard to keep your eyes open without them with snow or rain blowing into your face. 

post #8 of 11

One thing to be aware of is, as a beginner, you will be working hard and what seems like a reasonable amount of insulation for someone standing around can become way too much when you factor in the exercise.  Often beginners get too hot, not too cold.  There is no magic bullet, except layering.  You can always take off a layer if you're warming up too much.

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Any type of warm layer under the cheapest water resistant pants and jacket is good enough for a first trip. UA is just fine. The energy you spend also keeps you warm if you stay dry. Layer and remove as needed. You might find your getting too warm.  

 

But don't overlook goggles. They are needed just as much as the clothing. Its hard to keep your eyes open without them with snow or rain blowing into your face. 

 

If it's a sunny day and you don't feel like investing in goggles for a first-trip out, at least use sunglasses.  Snow + sun = blindingly bright.

 

I skied for many years in whatever random cotton t-shirt I happened to be wearing that day + a heavy sweater + a jacket that was somewhat water + wind repellant.  Oh, and my hiking rain shells with sweat pants underneath.  I'm still here.  If you have some moisture-wicking high-tech stuff, great, if not -- don't worry about it.  With most places, the beginner slopes are close to the bottom or are at least within easy access of some kind of shelter if you start getting uncomfortable.

 

Over time, you'll learn what "works" for you in terms of layering and staying comfortable in the cold.  But until you know that you're going to "stick" with skiing and that you're actually going to be heading out in all kinds of weather (stupid cold, windy, blizzard type days) -- your clothing choices aren't all that important.

post #10 of 11

Ya, beginners shouldn't go too cheap on the gloves.  You will be shoving your hands in to the snow quite a bit the first couple times out.  If they get water logged that will shorten your day when the wet gloves get cold or actually freeze.

 

Glasses over goggles is iffy because the weather in the mountains can change pretty quickly.  Go with goggles unless you are absolutely sure the sky will be clear and that the resort will NOT be making their own snow anywhere that you will be skiing.  You absolutely can't ski without eye protection on a trail where snow guns are blasting.

post #11 of 11

I wear a thick long-sleeve UA shirt 90% of the time, and it works well for me.

 

A week or so ago, it was 14deg at the base, and the winds were blowing pretty good across the lift.  It was the first time this season I'd put a thermal shirt under the UA, and I was comfortably warm.  If it's in the 20's I just do the UA with a short-sleeve poly shirt over, and my shell, and I'm comfortable.

 

It's key to have a jacket and pants that keep whatever's under them dry.  Thermal or not, wet pants feel cold.  If you're not opting for bib pants, get something that has enough length to keep snow from goin' down between your cheeks.  I found that, with my pants, a pair of suspenders was a necessity (14.99 at the ski shop) in order to keep the waist of my pants high enough (but not high enough that I feel like I should be hitting the early bird special, watching jeopardy, and taking my dentures out).

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