• ARRSE have partnered with Armadillo Merino to bring you an ARRSE exclusive, generous discount offer on their full price range.
    To keep you warm with the best of Merino gear, visit www.armadillomerino.co.uk and use the code: NEWARRSE40 at the checkout to get 40% off!
    This superb deal has been generously offered to us by Armadillo Merino and is valid until midnight on the the 28th of February.

Army Skiing

#1
I'm going next week and have left kit buying a little late.

I have borrowed a pair of Salopettes which will most likely become mine :D (The fat git will never fit into these again).

I also have a pair of issue goggle which i ntend to use all being well.

Is there "Really" much else I need to buy as Gore Tex jacket and thick socks are an obvious tool in any soldiers grip.

The army will provide me with:

Poles
Skis
Boots
 
#2
I've just come back from Austria and found that I didn't wear my goggles once. Spent most of the time bombing around in sunnies :d
 
#3
breathable under togs are always good, it gets HOT on the mountain tops when the sun is out! Warm hat, decent sunscreen, waterproof gloves!
 
#6
Closet_Jibber said:
I'm going next week and have left kit buying a little late.

The army will provide me with:

Poles
Skis
Boots
If your going to Norway on a JS ski course all the kit is provided, less thermal's and pish money.

If its an Unit official ski trip and your on duty then the loan pool at Bicester who supply the ski platform can also issue all the required ski clothes, maybe should have been put in on the JSATFA by the person/s in charge.

If your just on an out of areas pish up try Lidl for your one stop ski outfitter and save your cash for booze!

On a more serious note most of the JSMTC ski courses are undersubscribed they run for all levels until April in Norway and cater for Alpine/Nordic disciplines with a mandatory touring module on all courses, less the ski instructor course's. Details available from the Training Officer
HERE

Dont eat the yellow snow mind........
 
#7
I wear a Helly Hansen base layer under my salopetes/ski jacket and that keeps me warm enough in the Canadian slopes (which tend to be colder than european).

Pick your own gloves. Some people can ski it mitts which keep your hands warmer, but some don't like mitts. I've got a cracking pair of salomons and my hands have never been cold.

Wear a helmet.
 
#8
kurt_ruby said:
Il give you a tip - When youre given your skiing boots make sure there a size too big as this stops fearsome foot/ankle pain. :)
I think you must have had your boots done up to tight.
 
#9
dingerr said:
I wear a Helly Hansen base layer under my salopetes/ski jacket and that keeps me warm enough in the Canadian slopes (which tend to be colder than european).

Pick your own gloves. Some people can ski it mitts which keep your hands warmer, but some don't like mitts. I've got a cracking pair of salomons and my hands have never been cold.

Wear a helmet.
Wear a Helmet you say?
 
#15
If you're not too confident on skis or if this is your first time then a helmet is probably a good idea as you'll spend more time hurtling through the air than you will on your feet. This however is most of the fun until you get confident to start egging it down the steeper slopes.

I've not long come back from Austria and didn't wear a helmet, spent the whole week in sunglasses, and didn't wear anything other than my ski suit with a thin t-shirt underneath. When you get going you soon get warm, the only time I started to get cold was when sat on a lift.
 
#16
I have had a wee bit of time on slopes and have even managed to get down a "black" slope (With the help of Gravity) however this was a wee while ago and it was a 2x few hours affair.

I'm confident I will pick it up easy enough to the point where I don't die but the soldier in me always wants to do stupid things well out of my ability range so helmet it is!
 

Latest Threads