Here are some tips to keep you and yours warm(er) on the hill.
- Dry Your Boots
This may be done by putting them over a hot air heater, using a boot dryer, or taking the liners out and letting them air dry. If boots are damp from perspiration, they will be much colder when skiing out.
- Dress in Layers
Quality long underwear is a must! Then turtleneck, then fleece or sweater (or both). Then your jacket. Wear a good SKI jacket, not a sporty looking football or athletic jacket from Dick’s. There is a BIG difference. Don’t be afraid to put on another vest or fleece under the jacket. The idea is to trap air between the layers and to allow perspiration to wick away from the body. DON’T WEAR COTTON GARMENTS if you can help it. Cotton holds moisture and is not as warm as polyester fleece.
- MITTENS, MITTENS, MITTENS.
It is nice to cuddle up with someone on a cold night. Let your fingers do the same and stay much warmer. BIG, BIG difference.
- A NECK WARMER!
Preferably the type that has a stretch hood that goes over the head and under the helmet (a balaclava). Again, use fleece or another high performance material.
- Pants Under Ski Pants
Don’t forget pants under your ski pants. Fleece/thermo is best, but if you don’t have them, wear a pair of sweat pants. When it is this cold, don’t bother with your GS suit: replace it with a warmer layer.
Don’t wear cotton. Buy a ski sock. There is a difference. Bring your ski socks with you in your bag, and put them on when putting your boots on. This way they will be dry (unless you drop them on the wet floor). DRYNESS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Also, do not EVER wear more than one pair of socks.
- No School Clothes
Last but not least, DON’T BOTHER COMING IF YOU ARE WEARING SCHOOL CLOTHES UNDER YOUR SKI PANTS AND JACKET. They are totally inappropriate when it is this cold and even when it is warmer, you should wear proper clothing.THIS GOES FOR YOU J1,2,3’S, too!
One reason for layers is that as the temperature changes throughout the day, you can shed layers to keep from overheating, getting sweaty, then getting cold from being damp when the temperature falls in the afternoon.
WHEN IT IS COLD, FASHION IS OUT. DON’T WEAR JUST A SHELL WHEN IT’S COLD! DRESS TO LOOK LIKE THE MICHELIN MAN AND BE WARM! etc…
Our policy for training is that if the ski area is operating, so are we. We ski in all but the most extreme conditions. This is a part of our sport. Proper attire is a must. If we need to cancel training for any reason, we will do so with as much notice as possible. However, I do not like to cancel based on a forecast more than 6-12 hours prior to the event. They are often too inaccurate.
Temperatures around 0 to 3 degrees F during training hours are acceptable. If we cancel for cold, we will e-mail you and will have a notice by email (or on the website) by 1 PM at the latest. Check these sources before you drive to the hill, or call your coach.