When the temperatures fall below freezing, a beautiful day can turn miserable or even dangerous for someone dressed inadequately. Of course, one must not dress too lightly; inadequate protection from the elements is a sure way to invoke hypothermia. But one must always remember that dressing too heavily for the trails can lead to the same problem. Our bodies, after all, sweat to cool us down, so if there is no way to control the build up of sweat while skiing, one may be just as at risk as if they had worn nothing at all.
It should be no surprise, then, that the most effective way of dressing for a day on the trails is by layering. At Gear West Cross Country Ski, we advise that all serious skiers own a wide selection of training clothing of different weights, including base layers, wind briefs, midweight and lightweight tops and bottoms which are form fitting and may be layered as needed, a thin windproof yet breathable jacket, and a collection of hats and gloves of differing warmths. Our suppliers at Bjorn Daehlie, Briko, Craft, Salomon, Smartwool, and Swix have each built their garments with these same principals in mind, making it even easier to find exactly what you need for any given day.