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Tips on Clothing for North
temperature where we ski
can be below zero, but you warm up through physical exertion while you
are skiing. For your comfort and protection, we recommend
you dress in layers for skiing.
- Wear a
wicking layer next
to your body. Long underwear tops and bottoms of
wool or other moisture wicking fabrics are recommended. When you ski,
your body warms up and you perspire. If the moisture is held
to your skin in a cotton tee shirt or turtleneck, you will be cold and
soggy when you slow down and cool off or when the temperature
drops. Therefore, do not wear cotton as it will not wick
away. Reserve your cotton turtlenecks for lounging inside.
- Wear a
sweater or jacket
and pants as the next layer for insulation. This layer should
of "polar fleece", wool or other efficient insulating fabric.
Some people like lycra tights over long underwear for the enhanced
mobility. Lycra also helps cut the wind. "Polar
trousers are also available. Avoid cotton or cotton blend
- Wear a
layer. Examples are nylon shell jacket and wind
Avoid coated fabrics if you perspire heavily.
very cold weather, a
warm face covering is sometimes needed. Depending on your
and taste, this may be a balaclava, ski mask, scarf or neck gaiter.
mittens. Heavy fleece or wool with windproof over mitts are
because wool and fleece will help keep you warm even when moist with
sweat or snow. Insulated gloves may seem more flexible but
not to keep your hands as warm because the fingers are isolated from
the warmth of each other.
wicking socks inside
your boots. One of the new wicking fibers or heavy wool socks
with wicking sock liners are also recommended.
carry a warm cap with ear coverings.
that even though
you feel cold starting out on the trail, the vigorous exercise will
warm you up. You will want to vent some of that warmth in a
controlled way. You can do this by layering, and by wearing
outerwear that can be loosened and opened at the neck.
cotton does not wick and will not insulate when you perspire!
Cold, wet cotton clothes will make you miserable and can bring on
Don't wear cotton on the trail!