The Principles of Layering

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.

Not wanting to waste your ski trip being cold?  Sun and Ski sells  long underwear, fleeces, and snowboarding or ski jackets for just about any trip.