By Mackenzie Muha
Packing for a winter trip can be a daunting task. (SO. MANY. LAYERS.) Great news- we’re here to give you some insider scoop on a few of our favorite “definitely worth packing” items.
#1 Base Layers. You can consider them the seed to growing a successfully warm winter outfit for virtually any activity. A personal favorite brand is Smartwool- their base layers are made of Merino Wool. Their products are lightweight, moisture-wicking, odor resistant, have UPF protection…need I say more? Plus, Smartwool uses ethical practices with their sheep.
2. Soft shell Pants: These are perfect for cross skiing/snowshoeing/being active in winter. Believe it or not, with such heavy insulation in downhill ski pants, you will most likely get too warm on trips- even in the snowiest of conditions. Over a base layer, soft shell pants help protect you from the moisture of snow. In addition, your wool base layer and top layers work together: the wool will soak in moisture while still allowing heat vapors to escape; your outer layers can trap the heat vapors to keep you toasty!
#3. A top mid-layer. I prefer fleece as I am generally cold! If it’s a warmer day or you are generally warm, you could opt for something a bit lighter such as an additional synthetic layer.
#4. The puffy jacket. A true Colorado staple- these provide a lot of bang for your buck in terms of warmth, weight, easiness-to-shed, and “packability”.
#5. Outer Shell Jacket. This is the top and moisture resistance layer; if it’s dumping snow, you’ll probably want to shed this last to avoid getting wet! Keep in mind you may have several layers underneath when considering sizing.
#6. Buff. A scarf without the bulk of a scarf- genius! Buffs come in handy to keep your neck warm, and can be pulled up onto your face for those blustery winter days. A true secret weapon, I always keep one in my pack regardless of season.
Lastly, don’t forget your essential accessories such as wool socks, hats, and gloves. If you’re like our guide Shanny, you may even opt for re-chargeable heated gloves.
Well, there you have it- your basic recipe to warmth and function for your outside endeavors during your time at Vista Verde.
Keep in mind we do have many of these items in our Adventure Center store, but if you want to get some more ideas and purchase ahead of time, check out our Pinterest board with more suggestions on packing for your winter vacation. We’ll see you in the snow!