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Whether you’re on a family ski holiday or just out with some friends, staying warm is crucial to having a great day on the slopes. Here, our editors suggest 15 ways to stay warm while you’re out there.
15) Swing your arms in circles to get the blood flowing back into your fingers. Sure you may look dumb, but would you rather look silly and get extra happy laps, or freeze?
14) Make sure you don’t over-bundle or over heat—especially if you’re hiking or touring. The sweat will evaporate and/or freeze and make you colder once you stop sweating.
13) Have a family dance party in the lift line. It’ll spread stoke, get the family excited, and keep you warm.
12) Make sure you have a great mid-layer in your ski kit. A super thin, lightweight down jacket is great, or a thicker fleece work great as long as it’s not too bulky.
11) If it’s a damp day out (or you’re overdressed and sweating), bring your face mask, gloves, and anything else that’s wet into the bathroom. Take a few minutes to use the hot air dryer to dry them and warm them up.
10) Skittles, M&Ms, or any other small treat will help keep a kid going for hours. As long as it’s pocket-sized, and your kids (and you) like them, they’re a lifesaver more times than not, and they help prevent empty stomachs.
9) Ladies, put hand warmers in your sports bra. That $#*+’s money!
Guys, a former coach once said, “Where there’s meat there’s heat.”
8) Put hand warmers in your gloves 20-30 minutes before you ski. Not only do they heat the gloves themselves, but the packets seem to get warmer when they’re in there alone making your gloves extra toasty.
7) It may sound weird, but don’t complain about the cold or obsess about the temperature. There is a huge mental component involved in staying warm (for short periods). Sometimes it helps to play a game on the lift that involves thinking about a warm beach or a hot August day in the desert. Yeah, two runs later and you’re heading to the lodge for hot chocolate, but that’s two more runs.
6) Invest in a down vest or thin down jacket for the kids. Those layers are warm, lightweight, and easy to shove in a pack when the kids don’t need them.
5) Take kids to the store to pick out their own softgoods (whether that’s base layers, coats, pants or anything else). Ownership in cool stuff makes them want to wear it, and, if they wear it, they’ll be warmer.
4) Don’t wear the same wool base layer or socks two days in a row. Without going into a science lesson, when the wool fibers are saturated with moisture, they don’t wick as well or keep you as warm.
3) Remember: Kids are tiny people, weighing (way) less than you, so they get cold a whole lot sooner than you do. You’re not ready for a break, but they are.
2) Make sure you wear a facemask to cover your entire face on really cold days, or a Buff (or equivalent) on average days. That goes for kids too.
1) Don’t chintz on buying performance soft goods for you and your kids. Breathable, waterproof, down, insulated, etc. Not Target or Costco stuff. You usually get what you pay for, and it’ll be money well spent.
Chairlift cuddling—which doubles as a safety measure with small kids.
Hot chocolate breaks.
(Photo: Courtesy Saddleback)