HOW TO KEEP WARM WHEN SKIING
How to Stay Warm While Skiing
Don’t let cold weather prevent you from your ski trip! There is a lot of preparation and things to consider for keeping snug while skiing. This article outlines the details of how to be best prepared before going outside and tips on how to staying warm while skiing.
Preparing to go outside
Fuel up.It is very important to make sure you have enough food and calories in your body before you go outside for a day of physical activity in the snow. It is especially important for skiing because you need fuel in order to stay warm.
- Eat a complete breakfast. Make sure you intake enough carbohydrates to give you energy and fuel for physical activity during the day as well as proteins that help you satisfy your appetite and help build and repair your muscles.
- Hydrate. It is very important before spending a day doing physical activity to drink lots of water. This is to prevent your body from being dehydrated out on the slopes.
Plan your day.Make sure you are prepared for the day of skiing ahead of you to ensure that you stay warm during the day. There are many important factors to consider before going out skiing and the following that you should consider:
- Know your body. Are you a typically hot-blooded person? Or do you get cold very easily? By knowing your body’s natural reactions, it can be helpful when deciding how to prepare yourself for a day outside in the cold snow. It can also help you determine if you need to wear that extra layer of clothing or not.
- Know the climate. Are you going to be skiing in Colorado where it rarely rains? Is it going to be a sunny day where you may need to bring sunscreen? Are you going to be skiing in chilly cold weather conditions where you need a heavy-duty ski jacket? These are important questions to ask yourself before you go skiing, because different locations have different climates, which can influence your choice on what to wear when skiing to stay warm.
- How long will you be skiing for? It is also important to plan on how long you will be out on the slopes skiing. Depending on the change in weather conditions, or if it’s expected to rain or snow later in the day, it would be a good idea to prepare and decide whether or not you should bring an extra layer of clothing with you.
Dress for success!Make sure you dress appropriately before you go outside skiing. This is a crucial step and you do not want to end up being wet and cold at the end of your day. Here are the following critical items that you may need before going out skiing.
- Wearbase-layers. Whenever you are skiing, it is imperative that you wear base-layers. If you are skiing, you'll want layers. If you wipe-out or fall onto the snow, your "shell", or your exterior layer (heavy coat), will get wet quickly, and you'll want to stay as dry as possible. From long underwear to long sleeve tees, base-layers should be comfortable, light, and breathable clothes. You need the base-layers to be comfortable and be form-fitting to your body so they fit nicely under your ski jacket and you can move freely. These layers also need to be breathable so if they get wet from the snow or from sweating, they can dry quickly and not cause a problem. Also depending on the weather or if you tend to get cold, you can wear multiple base layers on top of each other. Recommended base-layer clothing are made of Merino wool and polyester because they are optimal materials for keeping moisture away from your skin.
- Ski jacket. As mentioned above, when you go skiing, you need to wear a “shell” or ski jacket over your base-layers. A ski jacket is used to protect your upper body. You should try to find a jacket that is waterproof to protect you from being wet, insulating to keep you warm, and form fitting to allow you to move freely while you ski.
- Ski pants. Also referred to as snow pants, ski pants are also important when it comes to dressing appropriately before you go skiing. It’s recommended that the ski pants are long enough to cover your snow boots in order to insulate your legs and prevent moisture from snow entering under your ski pants. Ski pants also block wind and icy chills from entering your legs and feet, helping you stay warm while you ski.
- Ski gloves. Ski gloves are specifically designed for skiing because they are waterproof, insulating, and protective from windy and chilly weather conditions. It’s important to find a pair of gloves that are also comfortable and form fitting for your hands. A good pair of gloves will allow you to move your hands pretty freely without the gloves being very loose, and falling off.
- Ski socks. Ski socks, like base–layers need to be comfortable, light, and breathable socks. Wearing only one pair of quality ski socks will go a long way. Socks often get wet when skiing, so it’s important to find socks that can dry very quickly.
- Ski helmet. A ski helmet is extremely important for protecting your head in case of an accident or a wipe-out. Ski helmets also warm your head as well. They insulate your head and protect your head from the wind chill and snow.
Accessories.Often times, people like to get extra ski accessories to stay warm when they go out skiing. The following are popular ski accessories that you may want to think about getting before going out to ski:
- Hand and feet warmers. These are very popular and are inexpensive accessory for people when they go outside in cold winter weather conditions. Hand and feet warmers are little packets that can be easily inserted into your ski gloves and ski boots.
- Glove and boot liners. If you don’t like hand and feet warmers, another alternative to keep your fingers and toes extra warm is to purchase glove and boot liners. They are thin fleece material liners that you can wear under your ski gloves and inside your ski boots. They provide insulation to your hands and feet, helping you stay warm while skiing.
- Neck gaiters. This is a tube-like accessory made of insulating material that protects your neck and face from windy and chilly weather conditions while skiing. They provide extra warmth and a good neck gaiter is breathable and moisture resistant so there is ventilation and mobility while you ski.
Take breaks.It’s important to take breaks, especially if you plan on skiing for an extended period of time. Every hour or two, it may be a good idea to reenergize and warm up.
- Find a place that is warm (preferably indoors). Going indoors periodically can help your body warm up. You can take off your ski boots and gloves and warm up your fingers and toes by placing them near a heat source or simply rubbing them. This helps recirculate the blood flow in your frigid fingers and toes and can help you feel more comfortable when you go back outside to ski.
- Refuel. Skiing takes a lot out of you. Your body may be tired and needs a snack or lunch to reenergize before going back to the slopes again. Also often times when you are hungry, your body tends to feel colder than when your hunger is satisfied. A good idea could be to drink hot soup or hot chocolate to satiate your hunger as well as warming up your insides!
- Dry your wet ski clothes and boots. Invest in a boot dryer or find a heat source to warm up and dry your wet boots, socks, and gloves. Skiing in wet gear is not fun or comfortable, so it may be a good idea to take a break and draw out the moisture from your clothes.
Do not clench your toes when cold.Often times when skiers are cold, they clench their toes when they are cold. This actually doesn’t work because it restricts blood flow in your feet and cause your toes to become even colder. A good way to warm yourself up while you’re on the slopes is to swing your feet back and forth on the lift to warm up your lower body and circulate blood back to your feet.
Pack extra hand and feet warmers or dry glove liners and socks.When you are feeling extremely uncomfortable because you’re very wet or cold and it’s difficult to find a warm indoors area to rest and warm up, having extra supplies in your ski jacket to warm your body up would be helpful. Be careful not to pack too many supplies in your ski jacket that would prevent mobility and comfort while skiing.
- Dry your wet ski clothes and boots overnight and warm them up the next morning if you are going to ski again, making the start of your new day warm and comfortable.
- Do not wear more than one pair of socks when skiing. Two pairs of ski socks will make it harder for your socks to breathe and dry quickly, resulting in cold and possibly wet feet.
- Be cautious with hand and foot warmers. They can heat up very quickly and be uncomfortable, so make sure to remove them when it gets too hot.
- Foot warmers should not be worn against bare skin because it is more difficult to remove them while skiing.
- Wear goggles to protect your eyes, if it is very bright outside or if there is a bright glare from the snow.
- Do not ski in the nighttime because typically temperatures drop significantly at night, which may be dangerous to your health.
- Make sure to follow ski resort or park rules to ensure safety.
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