Top Pieces of Kit for a Ski Holiday in Chamonix
When getting ready for ski holiday in Chamonix, you may wonder what kit you will need to hit the slopes. There are one or two shops in Chamonix which offer ski clothing to hire, but there are also plenty of bargains to be had in budget stores back home before you get out here. If you are going to invest in your own gear, then this list may help you ensure you have everything you need.
Jacket & Salopettes
A great jacket and salopettes will keep you cozy on the slopes. However, the heaviest jacket is not always the best. A breathable ski jacket is extremely important as it will allow perspiration to escape, which will keep you warm in the long term.
When you are skiing you lose moisture through sweat, if that moisture cannot escape your clothing then this will transpire into damp and cold clothing.
In the mountains the weather can be highly changeable. Making sure you can see properly is paramount for the safety of your skiing.
When the sun comes out the brightness is amplified due to altitude; the higher you go the stronger the UV. The sunlight also reflects off the snow, intensifying brightness. On the other hand: if the weather is cloudy, overcast or snowing, you may become blinded by dullness. Having options of two lenses will ensure you can see at all times, whether that’s two pairs of goggles, interchangeable lenses in one pair of goggles or a light reactive lens.
Ski gloves and mittens vary in the amount of warmth they provide. It is important to find a pair that fits your personal needs. This may depend on what time of year your holiday is. If you are skiing or snowboarding in spring with warmer conditions, you’ll probably want gloves or mittens that aren’t too warm but have good waterproofing. On the other hand, if you ride in the coldest of winter conditions in January you’ll need warmer gloves and even liners. Glove warmth is dictated by the type of shell material, type and amount of insulation, and how waterproof and breathable a glove’s membrane is. Much like the information we provided about jackets.
Off Piste Gear
If you are heading off-piste at all in Chamonix, you should take the necessary survival equipment in case of an avalanche. These pieces of equipment include an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. These are the very basics needed for off-piste riding. However, a growing number of skiers and riders are also investing in avalanche air bags and other advanced kit that can help mitigate the risks of being in terrain where avalanches can occur.