Dressing properly can make the difference between an epic ski day and cold, wet one. The secret is to dress in layers. These simple guidelines can help ensure comfort on the slopes.
- Base Layer. Thermal underwear and low to medium cushion socks will help keep you warm and dry by pulling moisture away from your skin. Look for wool, silk, and synthetic technical fabrics with ‘wicking' technologies. Avoid cotton; it will hold moisture next to your skin making you feel cold.
- Insulation Layer. Fleece shirts, flannels, turtlenecks, vests and sweaters are all viable options. Neck gaiters, balaclavas and fleece pants are great additions on really cold days. These articles of clothing should be just big enough to wear above your base layer, but should not be baggy. On really cold days, it doesn’t hurt to double up your insulation layer (you can always shed it). Again, stay away from cotton and lean towards wool, wool blends or synthetic fabrics.
- Outer Layer. The goal here is to keep wind and snow out and warmth in with waterproof jackets, pants and gloves or mittens. Make sure sleeves are long enough and that you have sufficient overlap between your jacket and pants, so snow doesn’t creep in. Top it off with a helmet or hat and a proper pair of goggles (sunglasses won’t cut it on really cold days). A layer of sunscreen can protect exposed skin from the elements.
A lot of items mentioned here probably are already in your closet. If not, check out the retailer locator map on this Web site for a venue near you if you wish to purchase. Some shops rent clothing. Another option is Mountain Threads, an online shop that carries clothing rental packages.