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!

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