How to Dress for Cold Weather

Wind, snow and cold weather are a reality of winter but you don’t have to let that stop you from getting outside and hitting the slopes this season! Here are a few tips and tricks on how to dress for winter, whether you’re a regular on the hill or it’s your first time stepping foot on the slopes.

Base Layer

When you exercise, your body sweats, and if this sweat cools on the skin, it can make your body cold very quickly. To keep yourself warm and dry, you want to start with a good base layer. Your base layer should be snug and made of a “technical”, “breathable” or “wicking” fabric, which draws sweat away from your skin. Base layers can be the difference between a great day on the hill and a miserable day in the lodge, so they’re worth the investment.

Mid Layer

Once you have a good base, you can layer up with thicker, warmer fabrics that trap your body heat to keep your warm. Fleece is the best fabric for this because it insulates well without being bulky, doesn’t absorb much moisture and dries easily.

Outer Layer

Your outer layer is what protects you from wind, rain and snow. With the slushy conditions that we often get here in southern Ontario, it is important for your snow pants and coat to be waterproof, so look for taped seams, water repellent coating and high waterproof rating, which ranges from 5,000 to 20,000. This layer should be a little looser than your other layers to allow for more movement but not so loose that it lets warm air out.

Hands and Feet

Just like the rest of your clothing, it’s best to start with socks and gloves made of wicking material and then layer up with warm socks and waterproof gloves. Your socks should fit snug, come up to the top of the calf and be thin enough that they won’t bunch up around your ankles. A standard cotton sock will lead to cold, damp feet—socks made of wool are best. You can even stash some hand and foot warmers in your pockets for those especially cold days.

Face and Neck

A helmet is the most important thing you can put on your head but wearing a balaclava under your lid can keep your face, head, neck and ears warm and prevent windburn and frost bite. Throw on some goggles and you’re ready to go!

See you on the slopes!

How To Get Your Equipment Ready for Winter

With the weather getting cold, the snow falling and the snow guns blasting here at Glen Eden, it’s time to start getting ready for the ski and snowboard season! Getting your equipment tuned up is an easy way to make sure your first day on the slopes is a smooth ride. So, what do you need to do?

Edges

The edges of your skis or snowboard are what give you grip on the slopes and keep your carving sharp. These edges can become corroded, rusted, dull and damaged throughout the season, so make sure to get them sharpened before you hit the hill. Racers and anyone else looking for performance will want a super sharp edge on their equipment. Park riders will want something a little less sharp but still smooth and clean. The pros at the Glen Eden Pro Shop can help you get the perfect edges for your style of sliding.

Base

While you’ve in the Glen Eden Pro Shop, ask the pros to wax the base of your skis or snowboard to help you slide on the snow. If you don’t like to build up too much speed, don’t worry—having your skis or snowboard slide more smoothly over the snow will actually make it easier to control your speed and everything else you do on your skis or snowboard. Wax will also protect your equipment from becoming dried out and damaged. If you really want to keep the base of your skis or snowboard smooth, make sure to wax them after every four or five days on snow. You’ll probably be surprised by the difference it makes!

Bindings

Skiing and snowboarding on rough terrain, wiping out in the terrain park and throwing your equipment into the back of your car can all do damage to your bindings. The pros at the Glen Eden Pro Shop will make sure you don’t have any loose or missing base plate screws, broken boot buckles or other components that need to be adjusted. Having your bindings checked can help prevent injury and make sure your first day out on the hill doesn’t get interrupted.

Gear

Don’t forget to make sure the rest of your gear fits and is in good condition. If your boots are feeling a bit tight or your helmet was handed down to you from your grandpa, Corbetts or Paramount Sports can help you get set up with some new gear. And if you can’t make it to a shop before opening day, the rental shop at Glen Eden has skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, goggles and warm winter clothing to get you out on the hill!

See you on the slopes!

What is a Master Plan and why do we need one

By Gene Matthews, Director, Operations

Conservation Halton is currently developing a new Master Plan for Kelso Conservation Area and Glen Eden. You might ask, what is a master plan, and why do we need one? There are a number of good reasons and if you visit Kelso or Glen Eden to enjoy the outdoor recreation opportunities which are offered, we think you’ll agree.

Kelso / Glen Eden is a busy place and visitation has grown. Every winter more than 300,000 people come to ski and snowboard at Glen Eden, making it consistently one of the three busiest hills in Ontario. During the other three seasons, Kelso attracts 175,000 people who come to hike, bike, swim, camp and more. When you factor in the location of Kelso / Glen Eden in Milton, (one of the fastest growing communities in Canada), and with it being within minutes of millions of people in the GTA, it is important proper planning be done for the challenges and potential growth opportunities which lie ahead.

The Master Plan is a document which will act as a blueprint to support business development and growth at Kelso and Glen Eden. A key component is to ensure continued protection for our natural heritage system while also providing appropriate recreation and educational experiences for the growing number of visitors. Given Kelso and Glen Eden’s location on the Niagara Escarpment a Master Plan is required so any future development can be reviewed and approved by the appropriate agencies such as the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

The last Kelso / Glen Eden master plan was conducted in 2002, and many of the goals have been accomplished, so it’s time to complete a new one. Much has changed in the last 15 years for Kelso / Glen Eden and a new master plan will help guide Conservation Halton in sustaining and growing business at Kelso and Glen Eden in a responsible manner.

Part of the exercise will be to assess facilities at Kelso / Glen Eden to determine if they are meeting current requirements, and look at future opportunities to either improve service or accommodate projected growth. Technology has advanced and the community demographics have changed as well, so we need to take those factors into consideration. The Master Plan Process will not be something we do on our own. We want to hear from everyone whether you come to Kelso / Glen Eden to … walk your dog, ski or snowboard in winter, send your child to a day camp, use our trails to mountain bike or hike, use the lake to swim or boat, attend events, really any of the many activities and programs you can do at Kelso / Glen Eden.

How can you participate? We recently closed an online survey where we asked people for their thoughts on our programs, infrastructure, operations and environmental conservation. If you completed the survey, thank you, if you didn’t complete the survey, don’t worry there are still ways for you to share your thoughts. Public meetings will be held later this year where you can come and hear more about the potential plans, ask questions and provide comments. Be sure to visit our webpage and watch our social media feeds and other sources of media for updates. We will let you know once the meetings have been scheduled! Conservation Halton will also be holding meetings with representatives from many of the large user groups who use Kelso / Glen Eden on a regular basis for programming or special events.

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