While reading this post, keep in mind that the entire idea here is to dress in layers. That way, if you get too hot, you can remove one layer. If you get too cold, add a layer. If you only wear a super heavy shirt and a super heavy jacket, then you are bound to be either too hot or too cold.
1. Base layers
When I ski I always wear both a bottom base layer and a top base layer. Both should be fairly thin (think under armour). However, the top should generally be a bit warmer/thicker.
For my bottom base layer, I wear a pair of burton lightweight pants. However, long underwear are more than sufficient (but wear underwear underneath). The key here is to wear something that easily tucks into ski/snowboard boots so that your snowpants can snugly stretch over your boots.
For my top base layer, I generally wear a very thin under armour long sleeve with a thermal shirt on top. Really anything works here as long as you’re warm and comfortable. Just try not to wear anything that will really soak up moisture/sweat.
Socks are the one piece of attire that will save your feet from freezing and blisters, so make sure that you get a thick pair. I recommend smartwool, but any hiking/ski socks will work. Make sure that they rise above where your boot will be (about mid calf). As long as they’re above mid calf and relatively warm, you’ll be fine.
As long as your jacket is relatively warm, you should be fine. Since everyone is required to wear a helmet, a hood/hat is not necessary. If it is going to be snowing the day of the trip (we will send out a notice, but keep an eye on the weather anyways), then you are probably going to want a waterproof jacket. If you have a jacket with a removable fleece, bring that. If you get hot, it is always super helpful to be able to retain a waterproof shell but shed the fleece inside.
Though most packages include a helmet rental, you cannot rent goggles. Thus, you have 4 options:
The first is to buy a pair. if you are really into skiing or really want to be, this can be a good investment. You can easily buy a pair for $20-$30 on amazon or at a local ski shop like the Ski Center in DC.
The second option is to borrow a pair. We have several pairs that we would be happy to loan out. Just email us. But email us quickly as we have a very limited number. Also, we most likely will not have extra pairs on the trip, so please email in advance.
Your third option is to wear sun glasses. This is a great option if this is only your first or second trip and we don’t have any more pairs to loan out.
Your fourth and final option is to go goggle-less. We highly recommend that you do not do this.
Gloves are the easiest piece of equipment to choose out since basically any pair that is warm works. Just make sure that they’re warm enough to keep your fingers warm on a 10 degree day. Frostbite sucks.
Since everyone wears a helmet, hats are unnecessary. The helmets that whitetail has for rental are quite warm and you generally do not need to wear a hat underneath. However, many times I do wear a thin skull cap underneath just as an extra layer. Remember, it’s better to be hot and remove a layer than to be freezing and have to go inside.
In terms of neckwear, if you have a jacket that covers your cheeks you should be fine. But, I do recommend that you get a bandana or turtle fur (google them) to keep your cheeks from becoming frostbitten.
Thats basically it.
if you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below, email us, or just have your child come talk to me, Constantin Miranda, or Timmy Pecoraro at school, but make sure you ask pretty far in advance so that you have time to make arrangements to either purchase or borrow equipment. For a lot of this stuff (like hats, gloves, turtle furs, etc) we have extras. Feel free to ask and we’ll try to arrange something
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