Dressing properly can be the difference between a great day and a not-so-great day. You probably have most of what you need already. Here are some guidelines for how to dress for your day at Martock.
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.
- Wicking Layer / 1st Layer. This layer usually consists of long underwear. Long johns made of synthetic material that will allow perspiration to pass though keeping you drier and more comfortable. Avoid cotton as a 1st layer. Cotton holds moisture next to your skin and ends up making you cold.
- Insulating / Warm Layer. This is the layer that keeps you warm. The best materials for insulating are wool, fleece, down or other synthetic insulations. Your insulator could be a down vest right down to a thin fleece or combining the two when it’s really cold.
- Protection Layer / Outer Layer. The layer that keeps the weather out. Usually made of a shell material, this layer should be wind and water-resistant.
- Feet – Ski and snowboard boots are warm. One pair of thin socks is fine. Bring an extra pair. Remember cotton is cold! Wool or synthetics are best.
- Body – Wear synthetic or wool long johns for a 1st layer. Your insulator could be a down vest if its cold or a thin fleece it it’s warmer. Combine the two when it’s really cold. Your protection (outer) layer could be a waterproof/breathable shell or a simple nylon jacket with some water repellency and wind resistance.
- 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 –70% of your body heat is lost through you head. Bring a hat. We strongly recommend that all skiers and snowboarders wear a properly fitting snow sport helmet. Snow sport helmets provide the same warmth as a good hat.
- Face – Your face is usually the only skin exposed to the sun in the winter. Make sure you use a minimum SPF 15 sunscreen. Bring along a neck gator, facemask or bandana if you’re worried about wind chill.
- Eyes – If you don’t have (and can’t borrow) goggles, bring along a pair of UV rated sunglasses.