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What to wear under salopettes

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Ineedthesunshine Fri 29-Jan-16 19:43:21

Hi all, my kids are going on a ski trip with school and without me (eek). We've never skied before and I have bought them salopettes, gloves, goggles and the jacket but have no idea what else I should pack - T-shirts, jumpers, long johns ???? What do experienced skiers wear?

Thank you

SweepTheHalls Fri 29-Jan-16 19:45:23

Thermal long John's and long sleeves thermal vests, then t shirts and thin fleeces so they can layer up or down as the weather determines grin

MummySparkle Fri 29-Jan-16 19:45:29

Longjohns would be best I think. Nun used to wear woolly tights under hers. Leggings would be fine depending on how cold it is. Need ski socks and then lots of layers for the top. Maybe glove liners too

MeanwhileHighAboveTheField Fri 29-Jan-16 19:51:22

Thermal base layer top and bottom. Thon fleece for top too. Buffs are essential too (neck gaiters)

Ineedthesunshine Fri 29-Jan-16 20:02:52

Thank you - ok so thermals are in. You don't wear trousers then? And what are ski socks? Do you buy glove liners to go under ski gloves?

LIZS Fri 29-Jan-16 20:05:53

When do they go? If March then don't bother with glove liners. Cotton/thermal leggings to go under salopettes , may not be necessary if spring conditions but I prefer them to soak up sweat. Ski socks with no seams and calf length to cushion leg from boots.

FishOn Fri 29-Jan-16 20:07:51

I never wore anything under them in Europe as it was mild, but in Canada we wear thin thermal long johns. You can't fit actual trousers under ski pants and you'd not be able to move properly if you did try grin.

t shirt and thin but warm fleece under coat (wicking layers to stop the sweat making you cold)

thermal ski/hike socks too, not normal ones or you'll get cold feet

my ski gloves are mittens and I wear thin gloves inside them on cold days

Ineedthesunshine Fri 29-Jan-16 20:22:36

Going late March to French Alps LIZS.

Great advice from everyone - you can see I am clueless! I now have a long list of things to get. Someone mentioned neck coverings. Are they necessary at this time of year?

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LIZS Fri 29-Jan-16 20:35:35

Agree with pp, light fleece neck warmer. It can be chilly first thing and in the wind on lifts and less likely to catch than a scarf. Easily stowed when it warms up.

fieldfare Fri 29-Jan-16 20:40:01

Late March in the French Alps, we went to Val Thoren, I wore:
Cotton leggings, thick ski socks, long sleeved cotton top, cotton t- shirt over, a thin fleece and then salopettes and ski jacket over. Hat, gloves and a cotton snood.
One or two days I needed the full kit but others were mild enough to leave the ski jacket and hat inside.

RosieLig Fri 29-Jan-16 21:50:24

don't wear cotton as it gets very wet. I'd get them some thermal leggings. We wear these as they're breathable

but any of the cheaper ones from Trespass etc.. will be fine for March.

Yes also to a neck snood.

a useful link...

MeanwhileHighAboveTheField Fri 29-Jan-16 21:53:56

Hmm late march in the French alps - I have no idea. Scotland in January I am an expert on grin

trixymalixy Fri 29-Jan-16 21:54:01

Campri base layers from sports direct. My kids have been wearing these for years. They're cheap and do the job.

They'll also need a mid layer like a fleece and a neck gaiter or buff is a good idea.

Don't buy ski tubes, but proper shaped ski socks, trespass do some good socks for kids.

PatriciaHolm Fri 29-Jan-16 22:06:09

We do the french alps regularly (2-3x a year, new year and easter at least) and I've never worn anything under my salopettes!

Really good socks are essential, my kids normally have a thermal base layer + t shirt + fleece + jacket; DS is a hot bod so often dispenses with the fleece. Glove liners are nice if the temps are really low but again I've rarely felt the need.

Late march in the Alps could well be very sunny and so no need for thermals to be honest. Helmet and goggles are essential though; sunglasses and suncream are a good bet for then too!

Ineedthesunshine Fri 29-Jan-16 22:23:14

Brilliant, thanks so much for the advice and links. I'm right on it tomorrow!

Gattabianca Sat 30-Jan-16 18:04:15

It's quite likely to be 15+ degrees and sunny in late March but it can still get cold if it snows or if they go very high. I rarely wear a ski jacket at that time of year. It's quite possible to ski in shorts and t-shirts without being at all cold. I suspect thermals longjohns, glove linings etc, could be a waste of money and would likely not be used at all.
I would pack them salopettes, ski gloves, sunglasses (but googles will do as you've already bought them), 6 pairs of ski socks, 1 fleece, a couple of thermal tops and a few t shirts plus the jacket.

Shenanagins Mon 01-Feb-16 19:46:20

I always wear the temperature control tights from m&s along with ski socks which have always done the trick.

Radiatorvalves Tue 02-Feb-16 14:58:39

Mine never wear anything under salopettes. I very very rarely put thin old M&S long johns, and when the boys were a lot younger, I had them wear PJ bottoms underneath.

This Xmas just gone, we all just had pants on underneath!

massistar Tue 02-Feb-16 15:02:43

I agree they're more likely to be boiling in March! But also depends on how much they feel the cold. My DS wears only a thermal base layer under his jacket and nothing under his salopettes. My DD feels the cold a bit more though and I tend to put M&S thermal leggings under hers as she wears an all-in-one suit which is a bit thinner than salopettes.

hifi Wed 24-Feb-16 23:35:30

We have just got back from our first family skiing holiday. -3 In The morning and only needed thermal underwear and a jacket. I'm glad I bought the kids their own helmets as their hair was stuck to their heads within half an hour. I will buy my own next time, God knows if the helmets ever get cleaned. Campri base layers are great.

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