Some people like to say there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. There's nothing like a brisk winter day to prove this adage true. If you dress to stay warm and dry, you can have a great time outdoors in just about any weather. Follow our tips here to stay warm on our trips.
If possible, avoid 100% cotton clothes, especially for the layers next to your skin. Because cotton is very absorbent, it will hold moisture when you perspire, making you feel damp, clammy and susceptible to cold. Better choices are wool, silk and synthetic materials designed to wick moisture away from your body.
The challenge for many visitors to the near north is knowing what kind of clothing will do the job. The good news is it's not very complicated.
For the upper body, a good combination of layers is:
For the lower body, a good combination of layers is:
- long sleeve shirt (of two if light)
- fleece or wool sweater (one that zips up is best so you can unzip it to cool down a bit without taking the whole thing off, but a pull-over will work)
- winter coat with a water-resistant outer fabric
For your feet:
- long johns or tights made of silk or a wicking synthetic material
- snow pants (if you don't have snow pants, wear a combination of fleece or warm pants with a top shell that is water- and wind-resistant)
For your head and hands:
- wool socks are highly recommended; don't wear 100% cotton socks as your feet will/may sweat which will lead to them getting cold very quickly
- warm winter boots, ideally ones that go up past your ankle and have an insulation liner inside (go for warmth and functionality over fashion!)
- scarf or neck warmer
- warm gloves; bring mittens to wear over your gloves when you're sitting in the sled