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hi guys today’s short video is all about how to keep warm when you’re skiing on the slopes. Now I know many people who start skiing often get very cold hands, very cold feet and generally their body is very, very cold so they have to stop skiing for the day – what’s the fun in that when you’re on a ski holiday? So this short video should contain some hints, tips and I’ll go through my complete dress attire to give you my best tips for keeping as warm as possible. So without further ado I shall do my best Bruce Almighty impression and get down to the base layers – arguably the most important layer of all your ski outfit Ready? 1,2, 3 – Okay so here we go, so to start from the bottom these are some simple not too thick ski socks a lot of people make the mistake of wearing really thick socks thinking it’ll keep the feet warm and it won’t some people wear two pairs of socks with inside the ski boot that won’t work either so just use one and temporary ski socks you should be fine so there you go both feet, and the underwear is actually quite important as well so a lot of people will wear just basic underwear and if you’ve going quite quick down the slope and you have breathable sallopettes – which I’ll show you in a moment – that area can actually get quite cold, so if you have any sort of thermal underwear that you can bring then that’s brilliant, wear that and that’s a good start. For the top half I always wear merino wool base layers so the one I’m wearing here is a Helly Hanson top but you can get them from Katmandu you can get them cheaply I think from Mark’s and Spencers any good outdoor store will have a good and merino wool base layers. So the only other item to add to this but if it does get very very cold you would want to pair of thermal leggings in your bag or on your person and aren’t they just the sexiest things, now these are really important for if it’s really, really cold and really, really windy on certain days and if it is like that – particularly when you’re actually sat on the chairlift – and your static, you’re not actually moving – the wind can really get up and make you very chilly indeed so these are quite important if you don’t wear them at the start of the day I would certainly keep them in your bag so you have them to hand as an option for later on. Okay next up mid layers okay so for mid layers and there are just two items to walk through and most importantly is salopettes, so these are my trespass salopettes that I bought a few years ago and the only thing to note about the trespass salopettes is they need to be wind proof they need to be breathable and they need to be waterproof, and if you get that and you get a good fit from the pair you basically can’t go wrong so that’s the salopettes, and the top half I normally take a couple of breathable fleeces. This is a Paramo pull-on but you can get them from the North Face or Berghaus any good outdoor shop will do them as well and you can get them for about 40 pounds I think something like that but these are good so I take a couple to wear during the week and swap about halfway through because if you don’t do any washing they can get a little bit smelly and what then happens is your base layers will then wick away moisture and sweat from your body it will then pass through your breathable salopettes and this layer and then expel the moisture outwards, which is good so that is your mid layers. Next up the all-important top layers okay so top layers here we go so ski jacket of course is important and the same rules apply as the salopettes so it has to be wind proof it has to be breathable and it has to be waterproof and the jacket I use isn’t actually a ski jacket it’s just generally an outdoors jacket this is Paramo as well as you can see the zip is exposed but it does what it needs to do for for me, but you can get a good ski jacket anywhere. In terms of the head I usually wear a helmet – it’s still in the loft and that’s the final thing I need to get out for my packing list tomorrow – and so I normally wear a helmet and that has a little bit of padding in it acts like a acts like a hat and it has a vent as well if my head gets too hot I can open the vent, but if you do wear a hat or even a liner under the hat then that’s covered. In terms of gloves my recommendation is to if you do get generally very cold hands is to wear a pair of liner gloves so these are merino liner gloves, but they also have a nice finger and thumb patch I don’t know if you can see that or not, but basically it allows you to use your phone when you’re outside in the cold so what I normally do is I’ll wear my normal ski gloves, like so………… gloves I use for my main ski glove are called Seal Skinz and again same rules – breathable windproof and waterproof – the reason I like these is you always carry skis around in their little palm bit there and these have a very robust sort of leather stitching area which means they don’t fray or come apart easily and if you don’t have that in your gloves and you ski a lot you’ll have to replace your gloves quite often. The good things about these is they have a little loop so you put your hand around the loop to start with and then when you want to take them off on a chairlift you don’t lose them they just sort of dangle down and your hand doesn’t get cold because you’re wearing the liner gloves. And then all that’s left is one other small addition so the other base layer that I sometimes wear – and this looks like you are some sort of mass murderer so I apologise, but it is a very useful bit of kit – and this is a neoprene face mask. So this for when you’re very very high up and the wind is very very strong and you can sometimes barely breathe when you’re at the top – views or otherwise – so this goes on to your head like this and just sits there like so and it works around the helmet and your goggles and you can see the little – I don’t know if I come closer and you can see it – but you hopefully can see the little nose hole and some areas to breathe through here so it is actually okay it’s quite comfortable – even though it doesn’t look particularly attractive! And then last but not least is your goggles. So my new ski goggles for this season are these pretty amazing SunGod Revolts ski goggles. I need to test them on the slopes so no better place to start than on the slopes themselves. My last few tips for keeping warm when on the slopes Number 1: always have a hip flask with you mine’s in my bag and it’s a little tipple in the late morning or – who am I kidding late morning – in the afternoon when you cool down a little bit. Number 2: normally if you take Meribel for example, one side of the valley gets the sun in the morning and the other side gets the sun in the afternoon, so if you plan it right, and you always ski in the sun, you are likely to be warmer than you would be normally. And number 3 you can always pop into any little mountain restaurant and warm up with a nice vin chaud or a nice hot chocolate. So there you go, that’s my tips for keeping warm on the piste.


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