This article was published on December 26th, 2011
Nothing beats a great day of skiing – especially when there’s lots of fresh powder snow. But do you know what to wear to keep you warm and dry while you’re enjoying a day on the mountain?
Here are seven tips on what you need to wear for a great day of skiing / boarding:
- Boots – Boots should fit firmly around your foot, but not cut off circulation or make your feet feel numb. Most resorts have custom boot fitting shops.
- Socks – Should be warm and thin. Choose well-fitting socks, not ones that will bunch up and be uncomfortable for the entire day.
- Pants – Waterproof! Chairlifts can have snow, ice or water on them – and you don’t want to have cold, wet pants on. Jeans are a big no-no!
- Jacket – Choose a jacket that can be adjusted to be worn loose or vented on warmer days, or closed tight during cold, snowy weather. Make sure it is warm and wind resistant.
- Thermal Underwear – Always wear thermal underwear, even on warm days to remove extra moisture.
- Headwear – 70% of body heat is lost through the head – keep it covered by wearing a headband or hat. Choose a helmet for added safety. A facemask is a must on cold weather days.
- Sunglasses / Goggles – Snow is extremely reflective and makes UV rays stronger. On sunny days they protect the eyes and on overcast or snowy days they can add protection and give depth. Special lens colours increase the contract of terrain features.