You’re skiing lift-accessed powder all day. Lucky you. Here’s what layers to consider so you maximize your time on the hill, whether you’re riding a packed tram or traversing to a side bowl.
It’s dumping out and there’s no time to waste. Alarm, coffee, breakfast, first chair. It’s a powder day, after all. You’ll be lapping lifts in a storm all day long. Which means you need layers that’ll hold up to cold, stormy conditions and keep you out there and comfortable for as long as your legs will allow.
Again, start with that merino wool base layer. No question. That’ll keep you warm and dry. If it’s extra cold out, you may want a fleece midlayer next as it’s great at trapping heat and just feels cozy. Try the Micah for men or Sondra for women. If it’s a wet storm, think about your next layer wisely: If you choose a down insulator, it could get wet and take longer to dry than an insulating midlayer made from synthetic fabric. If it’s dry and cold, though, you’ll want a down layer next. Especially if you’re riding lifts all day—warmth will be key to keep you out longer. The Larry Vest for men and Laurel for women is the perfect option for core warmth without more bulk. Cover all of that up with a powder-hunting three-layer hardshell made from a waterproof, breathable fabric and coated with a Durable Water Repellent. If the storm blows in again, you’ll be ready for anything with a Quantum Pro or Billie Coat.