Singing the Denim Blues at Lost Trail
By OutdoorAly

Posted: January 19, 2014

The first time out on the slopes is always a disorganized scavenger hunt. Most of the night before and the morning of are spent scouring all corners of the house and storage gathering gloves, linings, jackets, hats, helmets…well the list goes on.

But one of the most unfortunate discoveries on the first day out usually happens right before you head for the lift; the closet has once again shrunk your ski gear! This happens to me almost every year, and this time around a member of our ski party had to wear their denim jeans because the snow pants from last year were just a little too snug.

Fortunately it was a blue bird day on the mountain, and jeans functioned fine for the day even though they are on the list of worst things to wear on the ski hill. Have you ever worn anything from this list of the 10 worst things to wear on the slopes?

See why these items are on the list of unsuitable attire here:

Wearing the right gear while skiing can make for a great vacation while unsuitable ski gear can break it. Inexperienced skiers or those new to winter weather may inadvertently choose clothing and gear not suited for the ski slopes. If you are headed to a ski resort for skiing and snowboarding for the first time this winter, these are the items best left at home:

Blue jeans


Old ski gear

Cotton socks or clothing

Heavy backpack

Non-waterproof or poorly insulated ski clothing

Poor fitting ski or snowboard equipment

Poorly maintained ski equipment

Too many socks

No eye protection or sunscreen