1975: How to dress for skiing
From the November 1975 issue of SKIING Magazine:
The Complete Ski Wardrobe
1 pair thin liner socks
1 pair thermal or wool socks
1 pair liner gloves
1 pair insulated ski gloves or mittens
1 pair thermal underwear (top and bottom)
2 lightweight turtlenecks
1 ski sweater
1 insulated ski parka
1 pair stretch pants
1 pair insulated pants or overalls
1 warm hat (that covers the ears)
1 pair of ski goggles
1 down-filled vest (for spring or western skiing)
1 protective skin cream
Additonally, a few tips on putting your ski wardrobe together:
- Keeping dry is essential; a water-repellent or water-proof parka is a must. If its rainy, wear a rain shell or poncho and pants.
- Try “layering” with light-weight clothing to keep warm. Start with thermal underwear; add a soft, thin turtleneck, then a wind shirt, next a sweater, and then a parka.
- Layer your hands and feet as well.
- Wool makes an excellent insulator next to skin.
- Fishnet underwear is another excellent insulator. It creates warm air pockets next to the skin.
The Powder Shirt
I can’t speak for the country, but if you skied the Rockies in the 1970’s and 80’s, you had to have one of these. Essential ski gear for the powder hound. A pullover jacket from Mother Karen’s of Salt Lake City, Utah with a quarter zip and a velcro kangaroo pouch pocket on the front available in a rainbow of color options. If I remember correctly, you could even custom order the combo you wanted. The jacket became so popular that Frost Line Kits, a company supplying ready-to-sew kits from Denver, Colorado, released their own model for do-it-yourselfers everywhere. Made from “wind and water resistant” Poplin with a knit collar and tight-fitting knit cuffs and waistband. Not sure if it was the best jacket for a powder day but it worked well in the spring. Mine was black with grey arms (I seem to remember wanting grey with black arms) and the front pocket had more than enough room for my walkman.