If this is your first time going on a ski trip, you’re in for a treat. While it’s a lot of fun, it can also be a very chilling experience. You have a few options for protecting yourself, so make sure you bundle up the right way before heading out.
Renting A “Basecamp”
As you’re planning out your trip, think about how long you plan on being out in the cold.
As a backup option for the end of the day, consider renting whistler blackcomb lodging. It will be a great place to crash when you’re done having fun, and you won’t have to make the long drive home. This is a great option for extended weekend stays or if you’re planning a week-long adventure.
Layering is a key principle when heading out into the cold. You can always remove layers if you get too hot. But, you can’t add layers that you don’t have.
With layering, you’re using your own body heat to stay warm. Most people start with a wool base layer. A base layer is the layer of clothing closest to your skin. This is the “first line of defense,” so to speak.
A base layer’s job is to provide that first layer of clothing that traps heat.
Make it easy on yourself and go with wool. Wool base layers tend to be more expensive than other options, but they also work better – much better.
Wool helps you regulate your core body temperature, prevents overheating, and wicks moisture away due to its unique fiber structure. It’s also naturally antimicrobial due to the natural oils found in wool, called lanolin.
If you’re going out skiing, you may want up to 4 or 5 layers of clothing, including an outer layer or shell that’s waterproof and watertight.
One of the biggest mistakes that newbies make is using cotton, because it’s cheaper than most other materials.
Cotton doesn’t wick moisture. Instead, it grabs onto it and holds it in. This is bad for several reasons. First, you don’t want to be wet out on the slopes or in the woods. because cotton is a good insulator, it will trap heat between you and the cotton layer. But, cotton doesn’t breathe as well as wool. So, if you start sweating, it ends up sitting against your skin or soaking into the cotton layer. A gentle breeze will cause that sweat to evaporate, cooling you down – quickly.
If it’s freezing outside, you’ll find yourself getting very, very cold with cotton layers on, which is the opposite of what you’d expect.
Keeping Your Head, Hands and Feet Warm
As with layering your body, layering your head, hands, and feet are important. Because your extremities are more prone to exposure from the cold, you want to take extra precautions when buying clothing for them.
If at all possible, go with wool. Wool will protect you, keep you warm, and help you regulate your body temperature at the extremities.
Thin gloves are a good first layer, followed by mittens. If you can’t afford to layer entirely with wool, use it for the base layer and then use synthetic fabrics for insulation. This will at least give you excellent protection at the skin and good thermal properties for the additional layers.
Amelia Davey is a snow-freak, she adores the white stuff! A ski instructor for 10 years, and with a growing family she spends the majority of Winter out in the snow. During her quiet fire-side evenings she has taken to blogging.