What to Wear in a Snow Dome
If you're a beginner, or if you've never been to a snow dome before you'll probably be wondering what to wear. This is our summary of what you'll need.
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. Socks can be bought at the ski centre, but cannot be rented for obvious reasons.
Ideally we would recommend a pair of salopettes or soft shell trousers because the environment is cold, 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 - aside from the freezing temperatures, if you fall over and are wearing three quarter length trousers or shorts you can get burns from the snow. Trousers can be bought or rented from the ski centre, but if renting please phone in advance to book.
Bring a jumper or fleece, but not too thick as you'll be doing enough physical activity to keep warm. If you need to, you can buy a jumper or fleece at the ski slope... but it's unlikely that you'd need to.
Ideally your jacket should be a ski jacket or an anorak style waterproof jacket so that if you fall over you won't get too wet from the snow. Jackets should not be too long so that they do not restrict your movement. Jackets can be bought or rented at the ski centre, but if renting please phone in advance to book.
Gloves must be worn at all times on lessons, and should ideally be waterproof. Not Magic gloves as they get wet and cold, and not too expensive - the nursery slope lifts have a tendency to tear gloves so don't bring any you're too attached to. Gloves can be bought, but cannot be rented at the ski centre.
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 at The Snow Centre are a modern design and 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.
A ski helmet must be worn on all lessons. No exceptions - even our instructors have to wear ski helmets at all times. 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 or sun glasses inside a snow dome.
In a snow dome you don't need to wear sun cream because you're inside. Remember that when you go away on a mountain you should wear sun cream every day though!