Stick to the basics
Good quality essentials. Keep your hands, head and feet warm and you won’t go far wrong.
Not really essential and somewhat old fashioned now although they can be useful when walking or playing in deep snow. Trainers with a good ridged sole are normally worn by people living and working in ski resorts. The current fashion of street hikers are ideal. Take a spare pair of trainers with you in case one pair gets wet.
Ski Suit or Jacket and Salopettes
You can Hire or Buy these items. On the slopes you will need to wear a ski suit or a pair of salopettes (ski trousers) together with a ski jacket. Both are designed for your comfort and are not expensive these days. Never be tempted to wear jeans or an unsuitable anorak on the slopes. You will soon become cold and wet.
Bob Cap or Ski Hat
Essential since most body heat is lost through the top of your head. There are plenty to choose from for around £10 and the wackier the better.
Essential. These must be either ski gloves or mitts with a snow proof outer layer. Choose a pair with longish cuffs which fit snugly to your wrists.
Essential to protect your eyes from the snow, wind and glare from the slopes. If the weather gets rough you will not be able to manage without goggles. Shatterproof sunglasses are preferable in very bright conditions.
Specially designed ski socks which are long, warm and lightweight are essential for keeping out the cold.
Thermals and Polo Necks
Under your ski suit you may need to wear thermals or a lightweight T shirt and polo neck and perhaps a scarf. You will need to keep your neck warm. Two or three thin layers are a far better insulator than a heavy jumper.
These are very useful garments – more practical than a scarf and warm since they’re made from micro fleece.
Sun Barrier Cream and Lip Salve
Even in winter you will need to protect your face and lips against the sun and wind. This is extremely important the nearer you get to Easter and the better weather.
Lift Pass holder
A cheap but essential gadget which secures your very valuable lift pass to your ski jacket.
Another cheap but essential item which keeps your skis together while you carry or store them and can help you to identify your skis (very important).