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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. Make it merino wool. Warmth starts with what’s next to your skin. If that baselayer gets wet or sweaty, your entire house will collapse.

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 if that’s more your style). On top, consider a few options: If you like an insulated flannel atop the base layer go with the Sinclair or Penny, or a lightweight fleece is a good call if you prefer the feel of fleece. A vest can be a hidden superpower on a cold day and we’ve got the go to Larry and Laurel vests. Try out a few options and see what feels and works best for you.

Finish it off with an insulated jacket—we’re talking a hardshell lined with built-in insulation. Our Albert Jacket for men and the Avery 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 shell. 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 will provide a bit more warmth than a glove. If you like it gauntlet style go with the Super Mitten, or if you like your jacket over your wrist, the Oven Mitt is for you.

Pro Tips

-Two layers of long underwear 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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Snowman Insulated Pant

With this pair of lightly insulated ski pants, you’ll never be cold again.
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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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Fae Insulated Pant

Always chilly? The Fae Pant, lined with post-consumer recycled Greenloft insulation, will save the day.
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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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