Adequate clothing is essential. Temperatures can range from 18/20 degrees to -20/25!!!
With the exception of a few items, there is no need to buy specialist ski clothing. Please try to name as many items as possible to help us when the children leave their equipment lying around, as they invariably do. All pupils will have the option to hire a good quality ski suit (supplied by the NSSA for a nominal charge of £10 per suit), or borrow/purchase their own. There is no need to purchase extra outer clothing over the jacket and trousers supplied.
These are padded dungaree type trousers designed for skiing.
Gloves or mittens
Mittens are slightly warmer and the best protection is offered by fleecy lined waterproof ones. Fabric gloves, preferably Goretex (a specially designed waterproof, breathable fabric) will suit. Woolen gloves are not appropriate. Make sure gloves fit snugly on the wrist and will tuck into jacket sleeves. It is worth buying a decent pair of gloves.
Any warm woolen type hat will do as long as it covers the ears and does not fall off easily.
You can buy special ski socks which are warm with a loop-stitched lining. A good fit is essential and most ski socks are “tube-socks” (i.e. with no heel). Any woolly type socks will do as long as they are not heavily textured or ribbed (this may cause blistering). At least two pairs of socks will be necessary.
Under your ski suit you may wear anything that is going to keep you warm. e.g. tights/tracksuit for underneath salopettes if it is extremely cold (not jeans);
Lots of layers on top:- T-shirts, warm long-sleeved shirts or fine polo-necked sweaters/thin fleece tops, with a warm top sweater or sweat-shirt. If you get too warm it is easy to remove excess clothing but you must make sure you take at least 2-3 changes of clothing to ski in.
These are a must, both as protection against the sun (which can cause snow blindness at altitude) and in case of bad weather to keep the snow out of your eyes. The goggles must have tinted lenses. Alternatively you may use good quality sunglasses but sometimes, if it snows heavily, the snow can get in around the side, making visibility difficult. Goggles fit better with the protective helmets supplied.
A high protection cream is essential, especially during February and March. If it is sunny the sun is very powerful at altitude, especially with the added reflection from the snow. A lip salve is also essential.
You will need sensible shoes for walking around the village. Trainers are suitable as are any rubber-soled shoes or boots (not heeled). A soft soled pair of shoes/trainers will be needed in the hotel.
You will need casual clothing to wear in the hotel. Please try to keep “ski clothing” and “evening wear” separate (we will make sure you change out of your ski clothes every evening).
Normal night wear although dressing gowns are slippers are not really necessary as the hotel is warm enough and nobody will be coming down to breakfast in their nightwear!
Washing requirements including towels