Originally Posted by sibhusky
Really? You can't rent clothes in Europe? That surprises me. In any case, skis, boots, poles, and helmet should all be rentable. Leaving him with goggles, jacket, neck warmer or balaclava, gloves or mittens, pants, long underwear, ski socks (thin!) and a turtleneck. I'm sure if you walk into any ski shop, their eyes will light up and they'll make sure you are equipped. That will cost more than walking in someplace that doesn't cater to skiers, but since he doesn't know what he needs, it'll be worth it.
I thought that, jackets .. or never mind. Because I don't know what's in rent shop, so didn't know what to expect.
These are the most important clothes you mentioned, I want to declare:
1. Goggles, jacket, neck warmer or balaclava, I don't have all that. I have to buy them from Amazon, and they should take more than two weeks to arrive. So, I don't think I have a chance this year.
I'm not really prepared !
2. Gloves, this one I have and not sure how it performs in winter and with skiing equipment! That's why there are special gloves for skiing!
3. Pants, this is an important one. What kind of pants? Is long underwear with jeans enough? I don't think so. I have been to Germany last year, it was very cold, not snowy. And I couldn't get out in the night, and the day was very cold! With jeans ad long underwear!? No, not enough!
What should I wear for this season?
4. Long underwear: which kind? would you provide me with examples?
5. Ski socks (thin!) and a turtleneck: I'm thin person, so thick socks would give me more comfort feeling with the rough boots. Or the ski boots are actually high quality and are equipped with soft materials inside?
What about this jacket I found on sale?
I think it's buffed, and should struggles me in quick moves, skiing ... etc.
These are from Aliexpress, so they are Chinese quality. I don't know if they are good for Europe weather?
Originally Posted by IceCookie
If you want to ski in the future, meaning really learning it,then it's better that you take at least 2 or 3 days in a row and do at least half day classes. In most places you will be able to find a classes + ski rent + beginners ski pass altogether.
For skiing I think a backpack with more than 20 liters is a bit too big. As a beginner, I would keep backpack content to a minimal. It can affect your balance.
Note also a ski technical jacket is very different than a winter heavy jacket (maybe not very very,butcan be considerably), so I'd recommend buying in a cityband shop that sells ski clothes, if you want to use the same jacket on and off the slopes
For destinations I don't have any beginner recommendation. I would search a region and read about beginners friendliness in the most famous resorts in www.skiresort.info
for example. But most main areas will have a beginners area. After that try to call or contact the tourism center if the city or the resort and I'm sure they will help you with everything.
Yes, of course. As I mentioned in the my reply. I won't take the backpack for skiing.
Leaving it in the hotel or in the lockers at the ski resort location.
Yes, I know the special ski jacket, should be very expensive.
Winter heavy jacket should be OK with light skiing :)
Originally Posted by fosphenytoin
Agree 100% about not carrying a backpack when you ski. Because you supposed to be leaning forward while skiing, wearing a backpack can "drag" you backward and you may end up going faster and losing balance. When you get to the ski place, look around, you will notice most people don't carry backpacks. Only the advanced skiers, ski patrols do....
You can always store your belongings/backpack in a locker, just carry your wallet (or just some cash + credit card + phone + health insurance card if you have.) in inner pocket of your jacket.
As for clothing, probably you don't need to get neck warmer or blalclava, you can use a warm scarf instead. For ski socks, when I first started skiing, I don't have ski socks, I just wear regular thicker socks, that will do the job.
Make sure you do get a helmet,got k especially for beginners because you are more likely to fall and hit your head. As for me, when I was a "newbie" in skiing, I stood too close to a lift chair, and got knocked on my head when the lift chair "swing" around. Luckily, i was wearing a helmet so that was a life saver! My point is, wearing a helmet can protect from stupid incident like this.
Do you wear glasses? If so, you may want to wear the glasses and then try on the goggles. Because not all goggles fit well w/ glasses on. For me, I just wear contact lenses when I ski. Depends on where you going: when I first started out skiing, I didn't wear goggles.
Thank you for the nice tips.
OK, backpack should out the ski area, normal winter clothes are fine & helmet is very important. Got it !
Originally Posted by sibhusky
He doesn't need thick socks, he needs thin socks. Thick socks don't keep you warmer, they just cut off circulation to your feet as you crank down on the buckles trying to regain the control you lost through excess padding. Never use thick socks for skiing.
Also, coming from Saudi, he probably doesn't own a thick scarf for his neck. Why not buy the more appropriate thing that won't be causing him problems with getting caught on zippers or flapping around?
As I mentioned, that I don't know if the ski boots are soft from inside.
If so, then thin socks are OK. Otherwise I need thick ones for comfort with the boots.