Stay warm when you’re outside to protect your health and make the most of your ski trip. Follow these five must-know tips for staying warm on the slopes this winter.
1. Dress in Layers
Shielding yourself from the elements starts with wearing layers of clothing that keep you warm and dry. The base layer wicks sweat away from your body, keeping your skin dry and preventing you from cooling while in the frigid weather.
The mid-layer, such as a lightweight fleece jacket, insulates warmth. And the outer layer of ski pants and jacket help keep moisture out and warmth close to your body.
2. Don’t Leave Skin Exposed to the Air
One of the best tips for staying warm on the slopes this winter is also very simple: don’t leave your skin exposed to the air. Gaps between clothes and accessories can cause your body temperature to drop or give you an uncomfortable chill.
Ski bibs are snow pants that look like overalls. Since they cover a greater area of your body and don’t shift as much as pants that simply hug your waistline, you won’t have a compromising gap between your top and pants.
Don’t forget to protect your face and neck. Choose a balaclava or neck gaiter that will keep your cheeks and neck covered.
3. Stay Dry
Staying dry is key to retaining warmth while skiing. Wearing a moisture-wicking base layer keeps perspiration from staying on your skin. And a waterproof outer layer will prevent snow from seeping into the fabric.
Every day after skiing, remove your clothing and accessories and let them air dry completely. Letting gentle heat from the fireplace dry them out can speed up the process, but don’t let the heat damage your belongings. Drying out your items will help you prepare for the next day.
4. Protect Extremities
In cold temperatures, the blood vessels in your hands and feet will constrict to help preserve heat around your core and protect vital organs. Therefore, protecting your extremities will help you feel more comfortable.
Wear padded ski socks and boots that fit properly to add warmth around your feet. Wear mittens or gloves that fit well and don’t restrict finger movement. Consider using hand or foot warmers that are designed to give off heat for five to eight hours.
5. Keep Moving
You’ll have a more active time on the slopes if you go when it’s less busy. But no matter what you’re doing outside, keep moving to preserve your warmth.
When you’re standing in line for the lift, standing on the slopes, or sitting on the chairlift, stay active. Simple movements like swinging your arms or wiggling your toes and fingers will keep your blood circulating and help you stay warm.
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