Imagine you got a killer deal to go to Aspen with some of your best friends.¬† You decide to get in amazing shape but decide that instead of bringing a warm jacket, some long underwear, and a quality fleece, you decide to bring a cotton t-shirt with a fleece you bought from Wal-Mart.
$2000 for the trip and you are now FREEZING.
Layering appropriately can mean the difference between enjoying your ski trip and wishing you were curled up in bed at home.¬† The three primary layers you should be concerned about are:
1.) Your Base Layer: Wicking away moisture from your body is important to keep you warm.¬† Since cotton is so absorbent, it is not good for your base layer.¬† Look for long underwear made from silk, wool, or any synthetic wicking fabric.
2.) Your Insulation Layer: Your middle layer’s purpose is to trap air next to your body.¬† A good option?¬† Polyester fleece, wool, or down.¬† Consider the conditions you will be in when choosing a weight for your fleece.
3.) The Shell Layer: The very outer layer protects you from any wind or water.¬† It should also be ventilated, since your own body’s perspiration can eventually make you cold.¬† Be sure to ask if your jacket is waterproof or water resistant.¬† A jacket that is completely waterproof is best for very cold or wet climates.