It is now reaching the point at which nights start before individuals leave work and the words “chilly” and “cold” are regular parts of conversations. This is a clear indication that it is almost prime season for skiing near Boston and the time has come to gear up for the adventures of skiing and snowboarding.
It should be noted that being dressed in a set of 4 key layers, which have been carefully structured, can totally transform performance, safety and comfort when snowboarding or skiing. Dressing appropriately will eliminate the restriction and hassle of regular clothes and protect you from the elements. Below is a clothing guide that can be used to prepare for these fun undertakings:
Long underwear, both top and bottom, is the very first layer that you will need to prepare for the slopes. However, “long-johns” that are made from flannel, wool or cotton will offer no protection against the bone chilling temperatures on the slopes. Go for thermal under-layers that are breathable and eliminate that cold and clammy feeling and wick away perspiration from the body. It is important to note that t-shirts can be particularly bad when used as a base layer.
This layer is the key insulator and you can wear anything ranging from a turtleneck or sweater, to an insulating shirt that is designed to provide warmth, without the addition of extra weight. Personal preference, flexibility and comfort will determine the mid layer that works best for you; however, ensure that whatever is chosen will provide warmth, as this layer is vital to keeping individuals out on the slopes.
A number of snowboarders and skiers opt to wear a soft-shell or fleece layer under the ski jacket. Soft-shell jackets can keep individuals incredibly warm on particularly frigid days. Depending on the conditions in which you will be skiing or snowboarding, this is an optional layer. In warmer conditions, the mid layer can be interchanged with the fleece layer. During the springtime, the soft-shell can even be used without a jacket. Additionally, there are ski jackets that are available with a built-in fleece layer, so this can be considered as well.
Your pants and jacket will be the most costly layer; however, they are by far the most important. A good snowboard or ski jacket will provide total protection from the environment and elements and because it is the layer that will be on show, they will reflect personal tastes and styles. The shell vs. insulated pants or jacket is the key variation. Insulated outerwear provides warmth and comfort and safeguards you against rain, snow and wind. Shell jackets lack insulation, so they protect against harsh elements but will not keep you warm enough.
Choosing the right gear for skiing or snowboarding will significantly contribute to a very enjoyable time on the slopes.