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What Clothing Do You Need For Your First Bulgaria Skiing Holiday?

Updated on September 3, 2014

Wow, your first skiing holiday- but what ski gear do you need?

All that excitement building up inside you ready for your first skiing holiday.

What do you need to pack for your first skiing trip to Bulgaria?

It's likely you'll have booked a week in Pamporovo,, Bansko, or Borovets Ski Resorts. However if you're off somewhere different like Andorra, Austria, The French Alps, Canada, the USA or the Italian Dolomites the list below will still help you sort out your ski gear for your trip and covers the essentials as no one likes to spend too much money!

Ready for a day on the Piste

Ready for a day on the Pistes of Pamporovo, Bulgaria.
Ready for a day on the Pistes of Pamporovo, Bulgaria. | Source

Skiing essentials for your trip to Bulgaria

Below is a list of all the essential ski equipment and clothing you will need to fully enjoy your holiday.

While it doesn't class to many as clothing sun cream is recommended to born worm while skiing. Sunlight is radiated off the snow so you get a double exposure. A high factor sun cream protects against this. Many companies make specific winter sports sun cream.

· Sun cream

Jackets and Salopettes for skiing

Pamporovo 2011- ski jackets and salopettes required for skiing enjoyment and for protection from the cold of a snow shower.
Pamporovo 2011- ski jackets and salopettes required for skiing enjoyment and for protection from the cold of a snow shower.

1. Ski Jacket and Salopettes (ski trousers)

These are a must to keep you warm and dry on the piste as you will end up falling over at some point or in the middle of a snow shower.

A Ski Jacket and Salopettes (Ski Trousers) need to be

· Windproof- a cold biting wind could make skiing very uncomfortable

· Waterproof- Snow is water after all! You want to stay dry if caught in a snowstorm.

· Breathable- You can get very warm while skiing and therefore your ski jacket and salopettes need to be able to dissipate heat.

You don't have to spend the earth on these if you are going skiing for the first time. In the UK TK Maxx and Decathlon are great options for value Ski clothing. You'll also see lots of British people on the slopes in Dare2b clothing which is also great value.

  • Ski Jacket
  • Salopettes

Throughout Europe Decathlon is a great option for great value ski clothing. The great thing with a ski jacket is that you can use it for other things throughout winter- whether it's walking the dog, heading out to the local pub, or simply keeping warm!

How many pairs of Salopettes should you take on a skiing holiday? Realistically you only really need to take one pair of salopettes with you. There's no need for the extra weight in your suitcase. Steer clear of white salopettes however as these tend to go a yellowish colour as the week goes on if you spend some time on the ground!

Most mid to high range hotels also offer cleaning services if you desperately require it although the likelihood is low. Most people simply use the radiators in their hotel rooms to help dry their equipment for the following day.

Micro Fleece mid layer and themal base layer. Ideal for Skiing in Bulgaria
Micro Fleece mid layer and themal base layer. Ideal for Skiing in Bulgaria | Source
Pamporovo Bulgaria
Pamporovo Bulgaria | Source

2. Layering system

Use a layering system underneath your ski jacket and salopettes to provide additional warmth with a Thin Long Sleeve Thermal Base Layer and Micro Fleece Mid Layer beneath your jacket. Do not wear cotton layers as these will soak up with sweat and feel damp and uncomfortable during the day.

Long Johns may not look brilliant; however they do a great job in keeping your legs warm on the coldest of days.

A Micro Fleece Mid Layer should not feel bulky under your ski jacket and will provide extra warmth and layering for the coldest of days. On warmer days it can be removed for extra comfort.

  • Long Sleeve Thermal Base Layer
  • Thermal Long Johns
  • Micro Fleece Mid Layer

3. Ski Socks

You only need to wear one pair of Ski Socks. A mid weight pair will be ideal. These are to be worn over your long johns. Wearing more than one pair at once will likely cause blisters.

Ideally take two pairs to switch between. If you're worried about odours you can have one pair on the go while a second pair is drying back at your accommodation.

  • Ski Socks

For your first ski holiday you do not need to buy ski boots and skis. Hire can be arranged for a reasonable price in Bulgaria and some operators offer special 'all inclusive' packages including ski and boot hire, ski tuition and lift passes which helps to save money on your holiday.

Thin silk liner gloves are a greeat way to add extra hand warmth.

Ultra Thin Decathlon Silk Liner Gloves will go under your Waterproof Ski Gloves
Ultra Thin Decathlon Silk Liner Gloves will go under your Waterproof Ski Gloves | Source

4. Waterproof Ski Gloves

A good pair of specific Waterproof Ski Gloves is essential. Cold fingers are extremely uncomfortable while skiing. Make sure they have a waterproof membrane. Decathlon sell some great quality skiing gloves that you can usually purchase for less than £10 however aim for quality.

If you really feel the cold in your extremities- you can also purchase a pair of Ultra Thin Liner Gloves that will give your fingers extra warmth.

· Waterproof Ski Gloves

· Silk Liner Gloves (if you really feel the cold)

5. Headwear

You need to ensure your neck, face and head are protected while skiing

A Warm Hat will stop heat loss through your head. A beanie style hat is ideal. Most people have one of these already at home.

A Neckwamer/ Buff is ideal to protect your neck

Ski Goggles are ideal for those days where visibility is poor. Due to the pure whiteness of snow conditions you must protect your eyes.

A specific Ski Helmet is a recommendation for children

· Warm hat

· Neck warmer/ Buff

· Ski Goggles

· Ski Helmet for children

The full list of essential clothing for your Bulgaria Ski Holiday

  • Suncream
  • Ski Jacket
  • Salopettes
  • Long sleeve thermal base layer
  • Thermal Long Johns
  • Micro Fleece Mid Layer
  • Ski Socks
  • Ski Gloves (with optional liner gloves)
  • Warm hat
  • Neckwarmer/ Buff
  • Ski Goggles
  • Ski Helmet for children.

Do you have any extra recommendations? Please leave them in the comments below

Thank You


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    • CyclingFitness profile imageAUTHOR

      Liam Hallam 

      9 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Amanda. Glad I could help. Enjoy your ski trip.

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      Amanda and family 

      9 years ago

      That is very useful I now know what to do. Thankyou

    • CyclingFitness profile imageAUTHOR

      Liam Hallam 

      9 years ago from Nottingham UK

      Thanks Joe, I've heard great reports about skiing in Bansko. I looked at going their this winter however plumped for Arinsal, Andorra to experience somewhere new.

      If you're staying in a hotel you might find the cuisine is not really Michelin star although simple hearty fayre with lots of pork, potatoes and rice which is often on the warm side (not piping hot as you might hope). Bulgaria is great value for money it seems if you eat or drink out as well.


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