An often overlooked but nonetheless essential component of your skiwear if you really want to combat the cold, is the mid layer, which is basically a medium-thick sweater or zip-through jacket that differentiates the areas that are most sensitive to the cold as well as those that are most prone to perspiration.
Our pick of mid-layer jackets features wool-based panels at the kidney area, and have high, slim-fitting collars and thumbhole cuffs that extend over the hands to prevent cold air from getting in. The back and under arms are less likely to be affected by the cold but are prone to sweating, so are crafted from breathable, moisture-wicking material that will keep you dry.
The last layer for your body and the one everyone will see is your ski jacket. While the two layers before it helped create warmth and lock it in - while releasing moisture and allowing your skin to breath - this all-important top layer will protect you from the elements.
There are lots of options, but we’ve picked Wed’ze’s Slide 300 for men and Slide 500 for women because both are great for beginners and intermediates alike and two of the best options for warmth – they can be relied upon to keep you toasty in temperatures as low as -15 degrees. It’s down and feather filled, making it lightweight too, and the horizontal quilting means that the padding is evenly distributed across the design. It’s also waterproof and has a snow skirt and adjustable cuffs, which stop snow and air getting in, even if you fall over.
Make sure you keep fingers and toes functioning to their best ability with the right gloves or mittens and socks for snowy adventures. When it comes to the former, look out for water-repellent coatings, thermal insulation and adjustable cuff straps to really keep the white stuff out. And for the latter, reinforced heels and toes, contouring ribbing and leg support, and moisture management.