To make the most of winter sports, it is essential to be appropriately equipped and to dress in warm clothes. If there is one thing that must not be neglected, it is your clothing. Being already frozen at the top of the first lift can shorten a ski day, leading to disappointment in regard to your visit. Here are 5 tips to help you stay warm:
AVOID FOCUSSING ON THE PRICE
First of all, you should know that it is not necessary to ruin yourself to find a good set of winter clothes capable of withstanding the cold and the wind. However, remember that the temperatures felt on the mountain can reach up to -30 degrees Celsius. So, make sure to buy a good brand having the necessary characteristics. Take the time to seek advice from the experts in-store, they will guide you according to your budget and your goal.
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QUALITY AND COMFORT
The rest is simple: use your common sense. Are the seams in good condition? What fabrics were used for isolation and comfort? Is it adjustable to size? Always keep in mind that you will be active. During the winter, you need clothes that will protect you from the wind and that will be water resistant, while allowing your body to breathe.
On the other hand, you should not feel trapped around your core or at your extremities. Boots that are too small or poorly adjusted will compress your feet and very quickly lead to frozen feet; the same goes for your hands. Remember to stay comfortable at all times.
MULTILAYERING AND SPARE CLOTHES
Now, let’s talk about the real deal: when we do sports, we sweat. The damp and the cold are not a good combination. Spare clothes will save you if you are soaked by midday.
In addition, remember to wear several layers in order to adjust your clothing if the temperature were to rise. Using little magic gloves beneath mittens is no longer a myth! They have proven their worth. Keep always on hand at all times—they only cost a few dollars.
Your clothing is key to enjoying your ski trip!
In the winter, when the weather is polar, your body will naturally preserve its vital organs (heart, lungs, and brain) by reducing the blood it sends to your extremities. Protecting your head will become of utmost importance—if it is not adequately covered, you might lose 30% to 40% of your total body heat.
Avoid cotton when it comes to outdoor activities. If the fabric becomes damp, it will take more time to dry and you will lose your body heat very quickly. Heat pads such as “Hot paws” can always help, but they are most efficient when used as a preventative measure.
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On this note, we are hoping to see you on the slopes of Le Valinouët! See ya later!