The right gear can keep you warm and dry on the slopes or during any wintertime outdoor activity. Staying dry can make the difference between a day you will remember fondly and one that will just leave you chilled and miserable. Warm layers, good boots, snow pants and a warm coat are all critical. The right gear and smart planning can help you stay dry during any number of snow sport activities.
The right undergarments are key to staying warm and dry on the slopes. Choose modern wicking undergarments, rather than classic cotton. Wicking garments pull sweat and moisture away from your body to keep you warmer. If you prefer natural fibers, wool offers the same qualities against the skin. A thin, long sleeved undershirt and leggings or long underwear will provide you with a good base layer to stay dry in the snow.
The layers you wear under your shell or snowboarding jacket to stay dry in the snow should be breathable and warm. Fleece offers both insulating warmth and water resistance, making it ideal for snow sports of all sorts. Wool is a classic option to stay dry in the snow, but it remains a good one. Avoid synthetic or goose down as both will loose their warmth if they become wet. Choose lighter or heavier fleece depending upon the weather and your own preferences for the stay-dry qualities you need.
Choose Gore-tex or another waterproof and breathable fabric for your outer layers. Wear both waterproof pants and a jacket over your under layers to stay dry and warm in the snow. Look for waterproof and breathable garments with taped or sealed seams. Snow shields can keep moisture out of your jacket front and sleeves and a good waterproof hood with a drawstring will provide an additional stay-dry layer over your hat.