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CruCru Tue 16-Dec-14 22:49:46

Hi all

I haven't been skiing for a few years (before kids I went quite a lot). Does anyone know where I can find stuff to fit? I tried on a size 18 ski jacket in a ski shop in Covent Garden and it was too small.

I am a Boden size 20.

MissWimpyDimple Tue 16-Dec-14 22:55:55

Not sure if it's still there, but my local Mountain Warehouse had a clearance section which was full of size 18,20,22 ski wear.

calendula Tue 16-Dec-14 22:59:48
Women's 3x is size 20

SelfLoathing Tue 16-Dec-14 23:21:54

Serious advice - if you are a size 20, I wouldn't ski. You need to lose weight first. It maybe you are asking for advice for cold wear and not skiing but if you aren't, you really need to reduce your size.

I have so many friends who have had MASSIVE injuries skiing and (excluding the random freak accidents and the crazy risk takers) the common denominator is skiing with a lack of fitness.

If you are a size 20, you aren't fit enough to ski safely IMO and you are dangerously risking your health. Don't do it.

BerylStreep Wed 17-Dec-14 00:32:30

SelfLoathing has a point. I have skied for about 20 years and would describe my style as a red run hurtler. However, I recently put on a bit more weight - moving me from an 18 to 20.

I must say I really felt it in my knees this year more then I ever have done before. If you possibly can, try to lose some pounds before you go. It will make a real difference to your skiing, regardless of technique.

To answer your question though - Rossignol do some bigger sizes for salopettes. Uniqlo do great long sleeved tops. Last year I skied in a Lidl soft shell which I got for £10. TK Maxx can also do some great ski wear in bigger sizes.

CruCru Wed 17-Dec-14 07:53:17

Thanks all I've ordered some stuff from Mountain Warehouse.

SelfLoathing and MerylStreep - I do see your point but as the holiday was booked last May for this February, I'm going to have to make the best of it.

Xmas2014SantaC9957 Wed 17-Dec-14 09:19:47

Had had had to reply here.

Currently a size 12-14 but have been an 18 in the past and probably a 20 if I'm honest and happily skied black runs at this size safely and had a fabulous holiday.

Okay whilst some weigh loss,if possible, is probably a good idea I have a real issue with folk saying 'you shouldn't do x because of your size' without taking into account age, fitness and skill and general health

My personal opinion is fitness, skill and realistic expectations are what is important for skiing, not a dress size.

Have a fabulous holiday.


CruCru Wed 17-Dec-14 12:00:22

Thanks. I'm sure the comments were kindly meant.

I can run for 25 minutes without stopping and did a Park Run in 37 minutes. I'll carry on running so my knees get used to taking weight.

Xmas2014SantaC9957 Wed 17-Dec-14 15:38:54

You'll be fine! That's much further than i could run when I was bigger


CruCru Wed 17-Dec-14 19:13:09

Yippee! I've just tried on my skiing jacket and I can get it on with the fleece zipped in (couldn't before - but I'd just had DD). There is hope. I'll try to dig out my old trousers.

Xmas2014SantaC9957 Wed 17-Dec-14 21:25:49

Good for you
It's a fantastic feeling when stuff starts fitting again smile

SelfLoathing Wed 17-Dec-14 22:27:24

I do see your point but as the holiday was booked last May for this February, I'm going to have to make the best of it.

You don't need to ski though. You can have a great time in a ski resort and not ski.

Seriously be very very careful. Tearing knee ligaments is a major life disrupting injury - worse than a clean bone break which heal fairly quickly.

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