Enjoying snow and snow sports is one of the most anticipated aspects of winter weather. Activities in snow can quickly become uncomfortably cold, wet and dreary, however, if you're not dressed appropriately. With some advance thought and planning, your clothing can help you stay warm and dry for the duration of your snow adventure.
Wear a Hat
Since as much as 40 percent of body heat is lost through the head, keeping the head covered is key to staying warm in cold weather. Choose snug-fitting hats made of waterproof material that extend to cover the ears.
Choose Proper Fabrics
Choose inner layers of clothing made from synthetic fabrics, not natural fabrics such as cotton. Unlike natural fabrics, synthetic fabrics allow dampness from sweat to pass through the material and into the outer layers of clothing, keeping the skin dry. All outer layers of clothing should be water and windproof.
Aim for three layers of clothing: an inner, closely-fitting synthetic fabric layer that fully covers the arms, legs and trunk; a middle layer that covers the top and bottom of the body with a thick high-quality insulating fabric; an outer layer consisting of a shell jacket and pants.
Protect Hands and Feet
Wear gloves with glove liners, insulated snow boots and two pairs of socks. The pair closest to your skin should be made of synthetic fabric, while the outer pair should be a heavy pair of insulating socks made of a fabric such as wool.
Remove Damp Clothing
Pack extra inner layers of clothing--both shirts and pants or leggings--and change these layers when they become damp as soon as possible. In addition, have extra pairs of both synthetic fabric and thick socks on hand.