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How to Layer for a Freezing Cold Day

Temps are snot-freezing cold but you’re going skiing. Dress in the right layers and you won’t notice the chill. Here’s how to dial in your layering system.

It’s one of those days when your windshield is frozen over and the car door is stuck shut, but the snow is light and deep and dry, so of course you’re going skiing. Maybe it’s Vermont or Jackson Hole in January. Or maybe it’s just a cold snap in wherever you live. Or maybe it’s not that cold but you’re just perpetually cold. (No judgment. We know plenty of people like you.) The point is: You better layer up and stay as warm as you can.

You wouldn’t build a house without a strong foundation. Your baselayer is of equal importance. Warmth starts with what’s next to your skin. See our merino wool baselayer options for men and women, or for next-level warmth, check out the Sasha Fleece Onesie and Bobby Fleece Onesie, which add a one-piece-suit to your base-layer sandwich. Want insulation on the bottom layer? That's why we designed the Puffer Pant for women and men, which can be worn on its own around the house or as under your shell pants on the ski hill.  

Treat yourself with an insulated pant with a thin layer of micropuff like the Snowman Pant for men or Daisy for women. Or go for an insulated bib like the Baker Insulated Bibs or Foxy Insulated Bibs if that’s more your style). On top, consider a few options, depending on how cold it is and what feels right for you. A lightweight fleece can be a good call, topped with a vest, which can be a hidden superpower on a cold day. We’ve got the go-to Larry and Laurel vests. Or opt for a slim insulated piece, like the women's Lupine Jacket or stackable Betty Down Sweater or the men's General's Down Sweater or Dexter Jacket

Finish it off with an insulated jacket—we’re talking a hardshell lined with built-in insulation. Our Albert Jacket or Iceman Coat for men and the Avery or Charlie for women were literally designed after sitting on a cold lift and wishing for more warmth. Or you could go for a down jacket, topped with a hardshell. If it’s really cold out, you’re likely going to want down insulation—feathers are meant to retain heat and keep a good weight-to-warmth ratio. In terms of gloves, a mitten may provide a bit more warmth than a glove. If you like it gauntlet style, go with the Super D Glove or Mitten, or if you like your jacket over your wrist, the Wolverine Glove or Unicorn Mitt is for you.

Pro Tips

-Two layers of long underwear or insulated puffer pants under your shells go a long way on a cold day. 

-If your core is cold, everywhere will be cold. As we’ve said, never underestimate the power of a vest. 

-Throw a couple of hand warmers in your pockets. Cold hands can ruin a day. 

-Don’t forget to cover up your neck and face with a neck tube (or Gobbler, as we call them) on cold days—frostbite and windburn are no fun. Maybe pack an extra one in your pocket so you can have a dry, fresh face covering for the afternoon.

Men's Kit

Colt Down Jacket

Not all down jackets are built for skiing in. The Colt Down Jacket is.
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Baker Insulated Bib

An insulated version of our fan favorite Baker Bibs.
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Larry Vest

Trust us, you need a good down vest. This is the one you want.
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Sinclair Insulated Flannel

A smart, insulated flannel shirt that will soon become your everyday essential.
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Women's Kit

Avery Jacket

Way easier than layering a puffy jacket under a hardshell, the Avery Jacket does it all.
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Foxy Insulated Bib

All the best features of the Foxy Bib, with an added layer of insulation.
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Laurel Vest

The perfect layering essential: a light, packable down vest.
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Penny Insulated Flannel

It looks like a regular women’s flannel shirt, but—surprise!—it’s insulated and made from technical fabrics.
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