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What to Wear on a Dry Slope

If you're a beginner, or if you've never been to a dry slope before you'll probably be wondering what to wear. This is our summary of what you'll need.


The number 1 rule for clothing on a dry slope is that no matter how hot it is, you must always wear long sleeves and gloves. This is for safety reasons.


Contrary to popular belief, the socks you wear for skiing don't have to be thick, but they do have to be as long as possible to help to avoid getting blisters. Don't be tempted to wear two pairs of socks as this causes extra rubbing.


Ideally we would recommend a pair soft shell trousers because being outdoors it can sometimes be cold and wet, however as an alternative a pair of waterproof jogging bottoms are reasonable. Trousers that are not waterproof, such as jeans are not suitable as you would get very cold and wet. And you would also look silly. Trousers you wear must be long - if you fall over and are wearing three quarter length trousers or shorts you can get burns from the slope (similar to getting rope burn).


When it's cold outside bring a jumper or fleece, but not too thick as you'll be doing enough physical activity to keep warm.


Ideally your jacket should be an anorak style waterproof jacket so that if it rains you won't get too wet. Jackets should not be too long so that they do not restrict your movement.


Gloves must be worn at all times on lessons, and should ideally be waterproof. Not too expensive - nursery slope lifts have a tendency to tear gloves so don't bring any you're too attached to.

Extra Dry Clothes

There are changing rooms for you to change into dry clothes after your lesson if you want to (though if you want to wander around town in ski gear later that's fine with us!)



Rental of ski boots is included in the price you pay, but you can choose to bring your own if you have them. The boots come in a wide range of sizes.


Rental of skis is included in the price you pay, and again you can bring your own. We suggest that if you have an old pair of skis that haven't been used for a few years that you ask your instructor to take a look and make sure they're ok before you start skiing on them.

Ski Helmets

Some slopes make the use of helmets mandatory, and on those slopes a ski helmet must be worn on all lessons. No exceptions - even our instructors have to wear ski helmets at all times on those slopes. This does not apply to all slopes, and we will let you know when you book. Rental of helmets is included in the price you pay, or you can bring your own. Alternative types of helmets (for example bike helmets) are strictly not allowed.


Rental of ski poles is included with the price you pay, but for most lessons you won't even need them. If you aren't sure whether you need them or not, the answer is that you don't.

Goggles / Sun glasses

You don't need goggles but it's up to you if you want sun glasses.

Sun Cream

This depends on how sunny it is on the day of your lesson. In the height of summer we'd recommend that you do use suncream.