@alit423: instead of discussing all your questions in the Beginners Tip Bible thread, I thought it would be good to have a separate thread. Hope you don't mind. You have good questions.
I just spent awhile reading all of this thread - WOW thank you!!!!!
I'm not sure my poor brain could soak in all this info but I will try
A couple questions:
1) I come from a running/hiking background so I get most of the layering/no cotton rules. But just one more time - basically wear wicking base layers, fleece as a middle layer, waterproof shells. And then the ski boots in order goes socks, base layer, boots, mid layer, outer layer? Is that right? I thought I read that only socks should be inside the boots but I couldn't imagine that the long underwear/leggings wouldn't also have to be close to your skin and inside the boot??
2) I have a lot of fleece outerwear (Patagonia better sweater, Patagonia snap T, etc) but they are pretty heavy on their own. Should I use something that is a little thinner fleece for that middle layer or are those good choices? And if I have one of those 2n1 outer layers (like a north face that has a hard shell + liner) then do I still have to also have a fleece middle layer (because it's already included)? Or would you wear all those layers? I realize some of this could vary based on personal preference and weather, but any general tips/explanation would be helpful.
3) I also have several down/puffy jackets. I assume I would never use them for skiing cuz they would be too hot?
4) I haven't invested in much skier specific equip so this year I'm going to buy (in order of most important) socks, then gloves, then goggles I think. Should I go ahead and buy a helmet too? Or wait til I live in a place where I don't have to get on planes to get to the mountains since it looks like you can usually rent them? Then if all goes well this season, I'm thinking about asking for boots in April for my birthday to invest in! Then hold off on buying any skis til I live closer/not here like the helmet?
5) if you are going to a resort without a car what are you doing with all your personal stuff? Key, cell phone, wallet, snacks? Lockers or something? I read you don't want stuff in your front pockets but I can't imagine I want my butt to slam down onto any of those items either lol but I also would think you would want some of that stuff on your person...
6) I read on the equip rental I'm getting in CO that it includes poles. After reading some on this thread, there is a lot of info on using them, but as a beginner I don't NEED them, right? I've only been skiing one other time in NC and I don't remember anyone ever even mentioning them to me?
Ok I'm sorry for all the questions! Thank you again!!!!
My one contribution is that lessons are the best decision ever. If you have enough flexibility to go at odd times then, like me, you could end up paying for a group lesson but getting a private one
Thanks again yall. I read something earlier in this thread about that first time finally going all the way down your first hill and feeling like a kid in a candy store/a high they could not describe. I couldn't agree more. I'm already hooked and can't wait to get back this year! 💙