Gloves, Mittens and Socks!
In the final installment of what to wear to the snow, we cover what is needed to keep your hands warm and your feet dry.
Gloves are great to keep your fingers working in the wintry conditions. It’s a no-brainer purchasing gloves that are waterproof to stop moisture getting inside them. Breathability is another feature you need so that the material can wick away any sweat and other moisture no problem.
Getting gloves that fit are quite important so hand-me-downs may not cut it here. Too small and your mobility will be limited, too big and your body will have to work extra hard to warm up the empty space surrounding your fingers. Gloves that fit perfectly will make your experience that much more pleasant when you don't have to wiggle your fingers all the time to keep them warm.
Glove inners are great if you are more prone to feeling the cold, otherwise be reassured that all gloves come with a lining that adds warmth and keeps the insulation protected. This lining sometimes tends to turn inside out if you rip your gloves off in a hurry so take them off carefully.
Gloves come in all different shapes and sizes with a variety of prices so you are sure to find something perfect for your digits!
Mittens are another way to stay warm if gloves aren't your thing, this is because your fingers get to hang out altogether in the same space and therefore can generate more heat. Mittens are fantastic for littlelies who won't need the mobility of their hands and wrists as much. While that is their one disadvantage, mittens are very warm and a great option if you want an alternative to gloves.
Insiders tip for little ones: Tie string to the mittens and feed into the jackets so that the mittens never fall off.
You don't need to layer up your socks to keep your toes from the cold! A simple pair of merino socks will do the trick.
Speaking from experience, my feet were always the first thing to get cold and the last thing to warm up whenever I visited the mountain. That was until I invested in a pair of proper merino ski socks. While the price tag may seem high, a pair or two of these socks and you are set for the next couple of winter seasons.
When you aren’t in your ski or snowboard boots, make sure you’re wearing some water resistant footwear. Shoe that aren’t made to withstand wet snow and ice will soak in all the moisture from the colder atmosphere and make your feet cold and wet!
Choose shoes that have a bit of grip so you don't slip over. Bailing on the mountain is fine (and often expected), bailing from the car park going up to the hill? Not so much.
Also - If you are a snowboarder, it is also a great idea to wear some wrist guards for extra protection. A broken wrist guard is easily replaceable, but a broken bone isn’t as quick to heal and replace.