What to wear for indoor and outdoor snowboarding

Ice skating is an enjoyable winter activity done with friends, family, or on a romantic ice skating date. However: whether indoors or outdoors, it’s essential to be careful when planning what to wear when snowboarding. Most ice rinks are cold, so you must wear warm clothes. You should also avoid exposed skin so that if you get stuck, you’ll be protected.

Basic clothes

These are the items to wear every time you hit the ice rinks.

1.      Long pants

Whether you’re skiing indoors or outdoors, it will be excellent. If you wear pants, you can keep your legs warm and protect your knees from unexpected twists.

It’s best to wear comfortable pants that can be moved around easily. For example, yoga pants, fleece leggings, gym pants, or snow pants all work well.

2.      Layers

The main thing that must be remembered when dressing for snowboarding is to wear layers. This way, you’ll be ready for the cold, but you can also ditch the layers while you warm up!

A relaxed jacket or long-sleeved shirt is essential to your layered look. But, again, make sure it allows easy movement.

3.      Jacket

You will need a jacket for higher than your layers, but the type of jacket you need depends on where you snowboard. For example, a light coat over a jacket may be enough for an indoor rink, where you won’t get caught in the wind.

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4.      Complements

These items are not necessary but may be a good idea depending on the type of ice rink you intend to skate on.

5.      Gloves

It is a good idea to wear warm gloves when skiing. In addition to keeping your hands warm, it will prevent scratches from falling on the ice. If you go to an indoor rink, thin gloves are probably OK. However, it is best to use thick, padded gloves when skiing outdoors.

6.      Hat

We lose heat to the head, so if you’re worried about the cold, a beanie or hat is the way to go – especially if you’ll be skiing for a long time.

7.      Stockings

You might think thick socks are best for snowboarding, but experts recommend wearing thinner socks. Thick socks will interfere with the skates’ fit and ability to provide the proper support. At the same time, be sure to wear long socks that reach well above your ski boots.

8.      Scarf

Especially if you’re headed to an outdoor ice rink, a scarf will protect your neck from the cold wind. Just be sure to wrap that carefully, so it stays secure while snowboarding!

Protective Equipment – Optional!

Snow falls are inevitable for new snowboarders. And although they rarely lead to severe injuries, they can be painful! This is why it’s a good idea for beginners, especially young children, to feel free to wear protective equipment, such as a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

What not to wear

Here’s what to avoid when heading to the rink to unleash the ice skater in you to ensure you stay warm.


This one is a no-brainer—shorts leave much skin at the mercy of the elements. Also, any exposed leather makes you vulnerable to scratches on the ice.

Dresses or skirts

Dresses and skirts won’t protect your legs unless you wear them over leggings. The skirts that are too long can also be dangerous if you get stuck on your skis.

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