Some of our guests coming to Vista Verde this winter are coming for their first ever winter vacation in the snow. Although we send out a packing list, it can be a little daunting to understand how to dress for playing in the snow. So, here are a couple tips to break it down for those “snow newbies”.
Layers, layers, layers. Yep, that is really the key out here. Because what is comfortable at 10am, might be too much clothing at noon. They most important part of layering is to have the right materials. You need to make sure that the base layer is not cotton, and is designed to wick moisture away from your body. Wool is great, but there are plenty of synthetic fabrics that work well. This link to Christy Sports page for base layers for women should help give you an idea of what works well. You’ll want a top and bottoms (also known as “long johns” in the good ol’ days) to complete your base layer.
Next up, a middle layer. I like a good, basic fleece top. But, a good wool sweater will do the trick too.
Lastly, you’ll want your outer layer. Waterproof is a must, as even though our snow is dry and fluffy out here, if you spend a lot of time getting personal with the snow (falling down) then you’ll be thanking that outer layer for keeping your dry and warm. Need a better visual? Here is a link to Christy Sports jackets for women. And this link will give you an idea of what works for pants. Sorry guys, I gave links to women’s wear as that is typically who is doing the shopping!
Now, keep in mind that I am gearing this list towards those who are coming for the full winter vacation experience. For those of you wanting to focus more on the cross country skiing and snowshoeing, a lighter outer layer will be better. When you do those activities, you get pretty warm and a heavy outer layer will be too much. While we do sell some shell pants and jackets for these type of activities in our Nordic center, here is an example of one of the jackets we have carried in our shop.
For footwear, the best bet is a sturdy snow boot. You can use them for most of the activities here, and then for skiing we have the boots for that. I am a fan of Sorels, but there are plenty of other options out there as you can see in this link. Make sure you give your great boots a chance to work with wool socks, and not cotton.
Lastly, don’t forget a warm pair of gloves (or mittens) that are waterproof, a warm wool or fleece type hat and your sunglasses and sunscreen. Check out this page for winter accessories.
It seems like a lot, but all of this gear will make your winter vacation so much more enjoyable! With the right gear, it’s never too cold out in the snow.