You will need to stay comfortable, warm and dry on
the mountain, and you can do it effectively by layering.
Let’s start with the base layer.
The base layer is the layer of
clothing worn directly next to your skin and helps to draw
moisture away from your skin. Avoid cotton for this
layer as cotton will not dry and only absorb the moisture leaving you wet
underneath your outer protective layers. Look to moisture wicking materials
such as wool or polyester athletic shirts and pants to keep your body warm but
wick away the moisture from your skin to keep you dry as well.
Mid-layer is preferably fleece or technical material.
Top it with: outer-layer.
Your ski jacket and pants will protect
you from the wind, snow, moisture and winter weather elements you will encounter on the
mountain. Look for technical features and fabrics to
assist in regulating your body temperature such as zippered openings to allow
fresh air to circulate and help evaporate moisture.
Socks. Warm and dry, say it with me, warm and dry. Having
cold wet feet stuck in your ski boots can ruin your day at the resort fast,
trust me. Avoid the cotton as it will retain the moisture from that stray snow
that finds its way down your boot on those deep Utah powder runs. Again, look
to wool or a wicking material.
To keep those little digits warm look for gloves that are
waterproof and fit properly. A
proper fit will keep the glove tight against the skin making it more difficult
for the white stuff to find its way down your glove and next to those fingers.
Remember to throw in a warm well fitted hat. Did you know that
up to 85% of your bodies heat is released though you noggin? It’s true. It’s also a good layer, which you can shed easily should you start to get to warm on the ride down. I like a
thin hat that I can fit easily underneath my helmet to keep my ears toasty!
On those bluebird days, with the sun shining, don’t forget
to protect your eyes from the suns reflection off the white Utah snow with a
pair of well fitted goggles. These will also help to protect your eyes and face
from wind and snow on the slopes. And don't forget the sunscreen!
I usually have a backpack to keep snacks, a few extra
clothes, sunscreen, water, car keys, iPhone and all those small items that seem to
find their way into my purse or pockets that you will inevitably need at some
point out on the mountain. You’ll be glad you had one with you!
I always find that it’s better
to have a little too much in the cold than not enough. You can always take a
layer off when you get warm and put it right back on when you start to cool
down, and stuff in it that backpack that you brought with you.
Originally from the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania, Travis found his way to Park City three years ago and is now our grooming manager. When not in snowcat you can find him skiing or snowmobiling in the Utah backcountry or enjoying the skiing here at Park City Mountain Resort.
Nicole Roundy is a world class snowboarder on the US Paralympic Team. She is a cancer survivor, inspiration seeker, crossfit training, Park City riding superpower blogger. Follow her adventures right here. You can also spy her on twitter (@nicoleroundy) and Instragram (@nroundy)