How to Dress For Cold Weather
Dressing for cold weather is not difficult but careful planning helps. If you choose your clothing carefully, you can keep warm despite cold weather. Layering is the best way to keep warm. In addition to keeping you warm, layering makes it easier to avoid becoming overheated, as you can simply remove layers. Skiing is such a great way to exercise; as you increase your heart rate, you will get/keep warm – even hot. The following is a guide to layering for cold weather.
You most likely will have everything you need at home, however if you plan to do a lot of skiing and/or outdoor activities you can purchase ideal clothing which really works well to keep you warm, dry and comfortable.
1.The first layer should be a comfortably light fabric that will wick sweat away from your body. Ideally avoid pure cotton, linen, or other similar materials, because these fabrics retain moisture and will chill you. When planning how to dress for cold weather, staying dry should be a top priority. Traditional thermal undergarments work well for the first layer. Alternatives are polypropylene material or silk. However, wearing something for your first layer is better than nothing, PJ’s, sweat pants, nylons or leotards can certainly work till you feel you want to purchase the perfect item.
2. Turtle neck, then knit sweater or sweatshirt over top. If you have a coat with a hood, avoid sweatshirts with hoods attached, as this can cause too much bulk beneath the layers.
3.Add your coat or jacket as the top layer. Ideally, a coat with wind resistant material is the best protection from the wind for your upper body. Protect your legs with nylon wind pants or snow pants
4.Hat that covers your ears.
5. Keep your hands warm with gloves or mittens. These also come in a variety of styles which include water-resistant materials and extra reinforcement for your cross country strap.
6. Scarf: Wrap around your neck and pull it snug. Tuck it into your coat for added warmth. You can also pull the scarf over your mouth and cheeks to guard against the cold air.
Remember to bring sunglasses and sunscreen. The sun reflects off of the white snow which creates a very bright environment. This can cause eye strain and intense sun exposure.
Dress correctly and have a super fun time outside in the winter, no matter what the weather.