We are heading to the slopes for half term, a treat from my very lovely and generous father-in-law who was keen to see all 5 of his grandchildren on the slopes. We haven’t been for a few years, mostly due to the cost of a skiing holiday for a family of five, but also partly because Charlie hasn’t been old enough to learn. He is now 4, which they say is the perfect age to starting learning. I am hugely envious of the children learning while they are young. I did not see snow until the age of 24, and can count the number of times we have been skiing on one hand, so I am very much a beginner. On our last trip, when Charlie was 8 months old, we left him with my mum and I managed to get 5 days of one to one lessons in. Even though I was skiing by the time we left, I found it very stressful learning as an adult. Since becoming a mum I have developed a real fear of heights and become acutely aware of how important it is that I am well and able to care for the children. When I think about myself on skis, I have visions of skiing off the mountain, breaking a leg or worse and so I have made the decision not to put myself through the stress of it all this holiday. I am never going to want to ski as fast as the children and my husband, who all love bombing down the mountain and so I don’t really see much point in beating myself up on those beautiful mountains. I really do find it enormously stressful and life is too short to perservere with things that don’t make you feel happy. When you need a shot of schnapps with your breakfast in order to get the courage to get your ski boots on, you know something’s not quite right! I also don’t like my children seeing their 39 year old mum in a blubbing heap in the snow ‘saying I can’t do this!’ I am always telling the children never to say ‘ I can’t’ so I was not setting the best example.
So I have decided to get my walking boots on this holiday and will walk the slopes instead. With my camera of course, so expect to see some snowy snaps on instagram in a couple of weeks! Of course I still need skiwear, as even though I am not skiing, I will need to wear warm and waterproof kit to walk.
I bought my jacket pre-loved from Vestiaire Collective (the brand is Perfect Moment Sports) Vestiaire is always the first place I look for designer bargains.
Perfect Moment Jacket – Was £405 now £199 from the Outnet.com
Or full price on Netaporter – see here
I bought my ski trousers from TK MAXX. A great place to look for bargain skiwear.
For base layers, Sweaty Betty has some amazing designs. See here
Look no further than M&S for heatgen base layers that you could wear under a top with your ski jacket over the top and leggings under your ski trousers. The quality is fantastic and they are very reasonably priced.
I have also been looking around for tops and knitwear with a bit of an apres ski vibe.
Margot Jumper – Boden Clearance – Was £100 now £29
Gemma Jumper – Boden Clearance – Buy here
Edith Jumper – Boden Clearance – Buy here
Iris Jumper – Boden Clearance – Buy here half price
I always think it’s good to have polarised lenses for the slopes to help with the glare. These are from Illesteva, a great mid range brand of designer sunglasses.
I bought these boots from Hush for apres ski (nor not in my case!) They are sooo warm (lambskin) and very very comfortable.
Hush – Inuikki Sneaker – Was £190 now £140
Then for walking in the snow, I have a pair of Sorrel Caribou Boots in Black. They are amazing but I did have to size down by a half a size as they come up big.
Next, if you in need of a pair of good ski goggles – take a look at this amazing selection at Zalando.
There is also a great selection of ski jackets and trousers at Zalando.
Ski Jacket – Zalando – Buy here
Or have a look at H&M ski wear – inexpensive and some are in the sale.
For Apres Skiwear I will be taking lots of warm cashmere. I can really recommend H&M cashmere. I have a dress from their premium range and it washed very well and there was very little bobbling. Have a look at their cashmere (some reduced) HERE
There is one jumper that I definitely will be taking with me – it’s like it was made for the slopes. My Bella Freud 1970 jumper.
Bella Freud at Matchesfashion – Buy here
Aren’t these hats cute? (also Zalando) Buy here
And if you wear a helmet when you’re skiing (you should! ) then these are great for keeping your ears warm.
Barts Earwarmers – £16.99 (buy here)
And finally, don’t forget your ski socks. Always worth getting good ski socks!
Ski socks – Buy here
If you have kids to kit out, have a look at La Redoute
Ski Jacket – La Redoute – Buy here
Boden Skiwear – See here
I bought Charlie’s jacket from Mini A Ture. The quality and designs are amazing.
Mini A Ture at Alex and Alexa – Buy here
Also have a look at Alex and Alexa’s brilliant range of snowboots.
And finally, some images to get you in the mood if you are heading to the slopes.