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Winter Sports: It's All About the Layers

Winter Sports: It's All About the Layers

With Winter comes a wide variety of snow sports like cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, as well as the unique challenge of Winter running. I hope that you are not under the delusion that just because it's cold outside, you are not going to sweat. Sweating and Winter don't mix! Once your clothes are wet, they stay wet and that will make you cold. Plus if you pile on too many layers, you won't be able to move freely, which is really frustrating.

Here's what to wear and the order to put them on:


  1. Start with a sports bra and undies that wick away moisture. Ones made out of cotton will be really uncomfortable when you sweat.
  2. Then you need to put on your warm, base layers. Ones made with merino wool are better for Winter sports, since they'll pull away sweat from your skin and into the fibers of the wool. Plus they don't retain odor the way some polypropylene base layers can. Look for tops and bottoms made by Smartwool.
  3. Then you need your warm wicking socks, also made out of magical merino wool to absorb any moisture. Put your socks over your base-layer pants so they feel extra secure, and they're less likely to slip down into your boots that way.
  4. Want to see what else you need to wear? Then read more

  5. If it's really chilly out, like under 30°F, you're going to want to add an extra layer before putting on your waterproof coat and pants. I layer up with some cozy, fleece pants and a fleece jacket.
  6. Now you're ready for a waterproof and windproof coat, I prefer one made with down since I get cold easily. You also need to slip on some waterproof snowpants. Look for a coat and pants that have zipper vents, so you can let some air in if you start to get hot.
  7. Don't forget a warm hat and waterproof mittens, too. These can be easily removed when you start to overheat.

Fit's Tips: Bring a lumbar pack or backpack so you can pack an extra layer or two in case you need it. Packing a pair of dry socks and some hand warmers isn't a bad idea either.

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