Learn about ski gear,clothing and Accessories you will need to hit the slopes

Dress with Layers

Dress with Layers to stay Warm and Dry:
When dressing for skiing or snowboarding, layering your clothing will help keep you warm and dry. First take into consideration the outside temperature and weather conditions. It’s always best to be over dressed (warmer) then under dressed. Layering your dress allows you to take off and add clothing as needed.

Base Layers:
A base layer is an insulating layer of clothing that is worn next to your skin and can be layered over. This layer helps regulate body temperature and keeps you dry by wicking moister away from skin. Base layers come in different weights to suite temperature range and activity level. The main consideration when selecting a base layer are:

  • material weight
  • type of material

Base Layer Weights:

lightweightLightweight – a thin bottom layer, both top and leggings, worn next to the skin for moisture wicking and insulating purposes. Can be worn alone or layered over.
midweightMidweight – this layer can be worn as a heavier bottom layer next to skin or as a second layer over the lightweight layer. Best suited for colder conditions.
Mid Layer – These layers are always worn over lighter weight layers. They will be thicker and have more loft for insulating qualities. This layer will be worn looser and typically have a collar or zip on the top. Most often these are zip up fleeces or synthetic or wool pullovers.

Materials used in Layers:

Base layers and Mid Layers are constructed of either synthetic fabrics or merino wool. These fabrics wick moisture away from skin and move it away from the body so that it can evaporate. They do not absorb moisture, like cotton fabrics, and become wet. Both synthetic and wool have excellent drying qualities and allow for better body temperature regulation.

Synthetic versus Wool

Synthetic, good qualities:
  • Soft
  • Easy care
  • Lightest base layer
  • Abrasion-resistant
  • Wrinkle-resistant
  • Very stretchable
  • Excellent moisture management
  • Excellent drying time
  • Fairly priced
Synthetic, bad qualities:
  • Slightly slower temperature regulation than wool
  • Synthetic fiber
  • Odor can build up if not consistently washed
  • Petroleum-based synthetic fiber
  • Potentially vulnerable to staining

Wool, good qualities:
  • Soft to skin lightweight fabric
  • Stain and wrinkle resistant
  • Natural fiber
  • Excellent moisture management
  • Excellent temperature regulation
  • Excellent odor resistance (it doesn’t stink)
  • Very good stretch
Wool, bad qualities:
  • Slower drying time than synthetics
  • Potentially vulnerable to shrinkage if not washed properly
  • More expensive than synthetic base layers