/ Nevis Range Skiing
What sort of clothing system do I need? I am assuming there wont be much uphill work so I will be colder than I am used to. Is there anything clothes wise I can reuse? Would I be ok with just my fleece trousers or powerstretch trousers and my climbing goretex salopettes?
I am not bothered about not fitting in with the ski/boarding fashion as I dont intend hanging about in the resorts much in the future :)
Whatever you are comfortable in for a day in the hills basically. The fashion police dont cover touring.
I normally wear a lot less than I see skiiers and boarders cutting about in at the resorts. They all shuffle about in the Cairngorm car park like colourful Mitchelin Men. :)
Ski clothes, esp jackets, tend to be bulky and heavy (and warmer) compared to climbing kit. There's no warm up walking, and you don't need as much limb movement/flexability (although doing the splits may happen!!!)
Ski lifts are the coldest places on earth, they also have a habit of breaking down whenever I go near them. I'd err on the side of caution :-)
I went Ski Touring in the cairngorms last summer and managed fine in my normal hill gear due to the skinning up hill and across the plateau. There wasnt much actual downhill involved and it was short lived.
This is just downhill skiiing on the pistes at the Nevis range.
For downhill skiing I usually wear my normal hillwalking gear plus some thermal leggings.
Have you ever used a draglift or chairlift before ? Have you ever skied on anything much steeper than 5-10 degrees ? (most of the snow heading off Cairngorm's summit across the plateau is about that pitch). Did you never need stabilisers on your first bike or are you really Glen Plake Jr. ?
The fashionista don't really hang out on the runs at the Scottish ski centres so don't worry about what you wear but don't underestimate the difference in the challenge between the ski runs on Aonach Mor and skinning around the Cairngorm plateau.
I will be on the baby slopes probably. My post was really just about making sure I was comfortably clothed for the day. :)
Thats why my friends roped me in. They wanted an extra person and then split the saving :) thanks
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