The best way to dress for any outdoor winter activity is in layers. By wearing three layers you have the flexibility to add or take away layer depending on the weather and how active you are. Cross-country Skiing generally has a higher output therefore may require fewer layers. Most times you’ll be warmer in the Learning Zone than up on the hill.
- Wicking Layer / 1st Layer – Long johns made of wool or synthetic material that will allow perspiration to pass through keeping you drier and more comfortable. Avoid cotton as a 1st layer. Cotton holds moisture next to your skin that will make you cold.
- Insulating / Warm Layer – The best materials for insulating are wool, fleece, down or other synthetic insulations. Your insulator could be a down vest or a thin fleece or sweater. Combine more than one layer when it’s really cold.
- Protection Layer / Outer Layer – Usually made of a shell material, this layer should be wind and water-resistant.
Feet – Ski and snowboard boots are warm. One pair of medium thickness socks is fine. Bring an extra pair. Remember cotton is cold! Wool or synthetics are best.
Hands – Mittens are warmer than gloves. Wool is warm but gloves or mittens made of nylon will keep the wind and wet out longer. Bring an extra pair.
Head – Helmets provide the same warmth as a good hat and it is the law in Nova Scotia to wear one at all times while skiing and snowboarding. A helmet is included with each rental package.
Face – Your face is usually the only skin exposed in the winter. Make sure you use a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen. Bring along a neck warmer, face mask or bandana if you’re worried about wind chill.
Eyes – Goggles or a pair of UV rated sunglasses.(We have a limited number of goggles to rent)