Contrary to popular belief ski clothing cannot easily be rented in the resorts. So from the start you are best advised to consider purchasing your own ski outfit. Nowadays ski clothing can be obtained to suit all tastes and in most cases is highly functional Due to the fact that most ski shops in ski resorts operate only for a few months during winter, they are "boutique shops" and tend to stock only the more expensive and more exclusive lines of ski wear and equipment. Should you be unable to get to The Ski and Snowboard Shop, the next best bet is the large cities in Europe - London, Munich, Zurich and Geneva but allow yourself at least a full day if not two days to get around the cities and do your winter shopping. Do not make the mistake of purchasing anoraks, ski jackets, etc. that are manufactured in South Africa. In this country we do not have the materials nor the expertise to produce satisfactory outer garments for skiing.
Ski wear is mostly made of synthetic fabrics custom-made for the purpose of allowing ease of movement, insulating you from the cold and being water repellent, whilst allowing your body to breathe at the same time. With new developments, modern insulation fabrics are as warm if not warmer and have all but replaced more expensive natural fillings such as down. You will want to wear your Ski Jacket suit everyday of your ski holiday, so it should be able to keep you warm and dry while withstanding some harsh treatment. . If one shops carefully one will be able to purchase items such as ski jackets, underwear, ski socks, aprÃ¨s ski boots, etc that can be worn at other times, either during European winters or even in South African winters. Thus one's investment in ski clothing is not lost at the end of the ski holiday.