For almost five thousand years now, skiing has been present in the lives of humans in one form or another. From its beginnings in Scandinavia, when pieces of wood were used to facilitate travelling through the snow, to today when it has firmly established itself as both the most famous of winter sports and a popular recreational activity, skiing gear has evolved to ensure the maximum safety of its practitioners.
Obviously, there would be no skiing without skis, the strips of semi-rigid material used to glide over snow. But that’s just the start. Whether you pick Andorra, the Pyrenees or any other snow paradise as your favourite winter vacation destination, your gelid adventure starts right here in Barcelona, where you can buy all the gear needed to ensure you and your family will have great fun in equally great safety.
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“What gear do I need to go skiing”?
Ski gear is divided into 3 layers of clothing. These can then be adjusted according to weather conditions and to maximise your comfort.
For your base layer, you are going to need a thermal body shirt, thermal pants, and ski socks. These will guarantee you stay warm, dry and protected.
Your second layer of ski clothing will consist of a fleece jacket or a wool sweater, ski pants and ski boots. This additional layer is essential for extra warmness and padding, protecting you from humidity and strong winds. Ski boots are a crucial part of the equipment, as they will connect your feet to your skis trough ski bindings.
The final layer consists of essential safety equipment such as the above-mentioned ski bindings. For your head, you’re going to need a helmet, hat or beanie, as well as goggles to protect your eyes. For your torso, the final layer will be a ski jacket. Fit some ski gloves on your hands and you’re all ready to go, except… now you need the equipment that allows you to do the actual skiing – the skis that go under your feet and the ski poles that you’ll hold in your hands.
Time to go shopping for ski gear in Barcelona
Now that you know what you need to buy, don’t worry, everything you need will be very easy to find in Barcelona. Here are the best places to buy your ski gear:
Avinguda Diagonal, 557
Decathlon (Bairri Gótic)
Carrer de la Canuda, 20
+34 933 426161
Benitosports (Las Arenas shopping mall)
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 373
Benitosports (Rambla de Catalunya 81)
Rambla de Catalunya 81
Intersport Ski Center
Carrer Diputació 374
Any of these Barcelona stores will have everything you need for a safe and unforgettable ski vacation. Where are you planning to go skiing? Tell us everything using the comment box below. Have fun!