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Irony clothes and spring skiing

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
One of the things I love about spring skiing is watching folks. This Sunday, it was 70 degrees. A 55ish guy is wearing ONLY a bathing suit.......meanwhile a 9yr old has a full face mask, winter coat zippered to the neck and goggles. A young woman without gloves skis by a teenager with sub-zero mitten. I love it.....Everyone having fun, doing their own thing.


Trusting this will not degrade into a gaper thread.


On the 55ish guy----I think he was "fishing"....."hey girls, look, I am skiing in shorts---how about some bikini's?" Unfortunately, no females took his lead. Don't think he was fishing for something else: , I saw his wife. He was just a happy guy living or reliving, his youth.
post #2 of 25
Men over 40 should never go without a t-shirt and long pants. It ain't pretty.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Men over 40 should never go without a t-shirt and long pants. It ain't pretty.
I heard that!!! The last time I did everyone laughed at my manssiere: .
post #4 of 25

men over 40 shouldn't

T-Square wrote:

Men over 40 should never go without a t-shirt and long pants. It ain't pretty.

They can get away with it if they look like Billy Idol.
post #5 of 25
I noticed the same thing this weekend at Wintergreen. It was 63F and sunny, but I saw several adults in full winter attire. Boggles the mind. I did my part to look goofy on the top half with a faded old yard shirt and my yard hat. With a 3-day unshaven face, it all goes together for a Bill Murray Caddyshack groundskeeper type of look. Someone has to show the young punks what "grunge" really means! I would have had the 6-pack hanging off my belt if it was legal...

post #6 of 25
When I was younger, and my parents bought me everything, I used to have a set of winter skiing gear, and a set of spring skiing gear. I was a kid, but always in fashion!!:

Now that I am an adult, I have no spring skiing gear.. I guess I'd be one of those people still wearing the winter jacket, and sweating buckets.. I don't know what's the right thing to wear when it's warm!!!

I do wish I could afford the spring wear, but what the hey!
post #7 of 25

Layers....

Why make a choice? I've got a regular winter shell that I rarely wear, and a thin shell. I've got lots of layer options to go under the two. If I pick the right combos, I'm always comfy....

L
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 
It was 70+ in the sun. No need for spring wear. A thicker tee-shirt was all that was necessary. Or a thin one and a sweater. Then there goes "jimmy" in his face mask, scarf, coat zippered to the neck, goggles and a helmet. Poor guy-----I would love to see is mommy----but then all I really had to do was follow the umbilical cord back to her....
post #9 of 25
I'm all set for next weeks spring sking adventure. I had a bikini wax today.
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by GregGaspar
It was 70+ in the sun. No need for spring wear. A thicker tee-shirt was all that was necessary. Or a thin one and a sweater. Then there goes "jimmy" in his face mask, scarf, coat zippered to the neck, goggles and a helmet. Poor guy-----I would love to see is mommy----but then all I really had to do was follow the umbilical cord back to her....
I dunno... Kids are funny. How do you know it wasn't the goofy kids idea to gear up like than? Bless his heart if it was.
post #11 of 25
I have the "sweater"
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I have the "sweater"
Is that the one that the one that's so bright it melts it self out of an avalanche?
post #13 of 25
Looks like I don't get to kick my summer duds this year. I am a quivering mass of flesh and bone that is one with the couch and whose total mass is comprised of at least 8% vicotin at all times.

Hold on- There's too much blood in my narcotics stream. Nurse!?
post #14 of 25
It is interesting to watch people spring ski. Some dressed for the artic with sweat dripping off them and others in shorts and a T shirt. I dress to the warm temperatures, but always have any bare skin covered (spring gloves, shell pants and a long sleve T). The spring snow is very abrasive to skin and I have seen too many bleeding knees, knuckles, elbos and other body parts to leave anything uncovered.

If I get a lesson where the student doesn't have gloves or other protective clothing, I tell them they need them for saftey reasons.

RW
post #15 of 25
Wore short sleeves yesterday -- burned the bejesus out of myt arms but had a blast.
post #16 of 25
I agree with the post about the abrasive snow; it can get you. I'll go with a long sleeved shirt with lightweight shell if needed, and additional t shirt, or not. Pants are the problem; I've not seen good lightweight ski pants. Do they exist?
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by mmcadams
I agree with the post about the abrasive snow; it can get you. I'll go with a long sleeved shirt with lightweight shell if needed, and additional t shirt, or not. Pants are the problem; I've not seen good lightweight ski pants. Do they exist?
Ditto on the sandpaper snow, gotta watch out for that. This year on my last ski day with temps around 60F, I wore my regular shell pants without long underwear underneath, and opened the mesh leg vents. They were totally comfortable and not hot/sweaty as I expected. In years past, I have worn some old nylon running pants with long underwear, but they mysteriously shrunk over the summer....

You can buy some real cheap nylon ski pants that are a single layer of fabric, without a membrane or waterproofing. That would be another good choice for skiing in warm weather.
post #18 of 25
MM,

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Pants are the problem; I've not seen good lightweight ski pants. Do they exist?
I have shell ski pants with leg zips. I wear very light long johns under and unzip the leg zips and use the velcro to keep the sides of the legs closed enough to be effective, but also get ventilation. I don't like the feel of the nylon against my skin. This works out to be confortable.

RW
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Men over 40 should never go without a t-shirt and long pants. It ain't pretty.
On the really warm days I ski in a bathing suit and T-shirt. Its comfortable and Squaw has a pool at hig camp so its also convienent.

I am over forty but still have nice legs
Its a good Idea to do lots of push-ups and situps in the 6 weeks preceeding. (Holding your gut in for long periods of time sucks)! Some time at the tanning salon prior to pool weather also cuts way down on the glare.
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by MTT
On the really warm days I ski in a bathing suit and T-shirt. Its comfortable and Squaw has a pool at hig camp so its also convienent.

I am over forty but still have nice legs
Its a good Idea to do lots of push-ups and situps in the 6 weeks preceeding. (Holding your gut in for long periods of time sucks)! Some time at the tanning salon prior to pool weather also cuts way down on the glare.
I knew when I met you I had seen you somewhere before :



...was this before or after the 6-week program
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by mmcadams
Pants are the problem; I've not seen good lightweight ski pants. Do they exist?
Spring is the time to go retro!! Break out the 70's-80's stretch pants. Not too warm and stylin' besides! You just can't lose with that combo.:
post #22 of 25
I found a great isis jacket. Lightweight but a good wind breaker. Bought it at a cross country ski shop! I'm guessing they have some light weight options because you get such a work out when cross country skiing.

As far as pants. I like the light weight chilly's for a base layer, with a zipper leg shell, no insulation. Works great.
post #23 of 25
For me there is no irony to it - just fun.

Spring skiing,
at least to me, means people skiing in dresses, tutu's, flamboyant headwear, etc.

The more creative and fun for the wearer, the better!
post #24 of 25
I've gone the old nylon track pants route; they work fine unless they get wet (falls or sweat) and then they stick. The swimsuit post scared me; man or woman over 40 the odds of looking great go down significantly.

If I could find a pair of the bitchin James Bond stretch pants, I'd sport them, but I can't.

I'll look for the cheap shell ski pant. Mine are just a bit too heavy even vented.

Thanks for the replies, and 40+, put some clothes on!
post #25 of 25
At home we AT in just our long thermals, to keep the sun off mainly. Works well. Can see why gaiters were invented though... that slush slides down your shins into the boots. Yuck.
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