Layer Up, It’s Winter
Posted February 11, 2013
Old Man Winter has arrived, and he has brought the seasonably cold weather we all know and…love. Cold temperatures are amplified by the wind atop the mountain, and skiers or riders speed while descending. It’s important to have proper clothing to stay warm on the mountain. A stop by Killington Sports, Route 4 can help you get geared up to battle the weather while you conquer The Beast. The knowledgeable staff there knows what products will work best for each individual in any situation.
There’s no one article of clothing that will keep you warm in the winter, you have to wear multiple layers. Enough to stay warm but not so many that it restricts movement. Too many layers and you end up looking like Ralpie’s brother in A Christmas Story.
Wool vs Cotton
Start with a nice wool base layer. Wool is better than cotton because it wicks moisture away from your body that cotton normally holds. If moisture is kept close to your body, it will become cold and in turn cool you down. Wool is also nice because it does not hold odor very well. This means you can cruise for an entire weekend and still not be the smelly person on the gondola Monday.
Keeping your core warm is crucial when it’s cold outside. A warm core will help keep your arms and legs warm. Fleece, down and Primaloft (synthetic down) are of the most common insulating mid-layers. Primaloft is not as warm as down, but will hold heat if it gets a little wet. Down is a better insulator than any man made product, but if it gets wet there is a substantial loss in its insulating abilities. Whichever you choose a good, waterproof shell is important to keeping you dry and warm.
For really cold days mittens are key. They keep your fingers together and the radiant heat from them keeps your hand warm. The downside to mittens is a loss of dexterity. Both mittens and gloves have the option of synthetic insulation or down, but even more important than this is that the gloves are waterproof. Wet hands are cold hands, so look for something with Gore-Tex or something like Nikwax to waterproof you gloves yourself.
Boot Gloves and Hand Warmers
If you have a good pair of gloves that just aren’t cutting it with the day’s temperatures, hand warmers can be a good temporary fix to the problem of cold hands. They are best when place on the back of the palm. Boot warmers can be used to warm your feet if you have the room in your footwear. If you don’t have the extra space, Boot Gloves fit on the outside of the boot and are a great insulator for your feet.