Hello Ski Fans,
I skied at Nordic today and it was Minus 16 C at the parking lot. I was prepared by wearing:
1. Layer: Wind Proof Front Underwear, Polypro Liner Socks, then Quality Socks (Wool, Polypro and Lycra construction) NO COTTON
2. Layer: Merino Wool 200 weight with zip collar and Polypro Craft Long-Johns.
3. Layer: Polypro top and Lyrca Tights.
4. Layer: Light Fleece Top (vest would have been fine) and Warmup Bottoms
5. Layer: Warmup Jacket, Buff to cover face on downhills, Lobster Claw Mittens, Toque and Over-boots worn on top of my ski boots. This is what it looked like below:
Say NO to COTTON! I was able to control my warmth by unzipping my jacket and Top which is important to prevent too much sweat which can make you very cold. I have seen a few people lately who were very cold when it was not really that cold outside. In order to have a good experience in our Winter Playground you need to be properly prepared with the correct equipment (wax) on 😉
On our website under “New to Racing” and then “Checklists” is the Dressing for Cold Tips page which says this:
Dressing for Cold Weather
Cold Weather Tips for Athletes:
- Don’t be afraid to wear extra clothing. Vests and toques are an important addition and it may also be reasonable to wear two layers of synthetic (polyester) underclothing.
- Balaclavas, neck-warmers and windproof briefs are also a good idea. Consider substituting mitts for gloves. Boot covers are great for keeping feet warm.
- Creams, lotions and jellies can reduce the direct exposure of the skin to the air. However, to be effective they must not have water in their base.
- Ski glasses/goggles can keep the wind out of your eyes, but they can also cause a “wind tunnel” effect on other parts of your face. For eye comfort, blink more often than usual. This is particularly true if you wear contacts.
- Consider carrying hand-warming packets (coaches can carry a couple of these with them) to avoid frostbite.
- Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of frostbite.
- Individuals have a different tolerance to cold weather. Children less than 10 years of age are not able to thermo regulate as well as older athletes.
- Make sure you are properly hydrated and are not hungry. Bring extra foods and fluids to the site of the event in case there is a delay.
- Up to 20% of cross-country skiers suffer from exercise-induced asthma (EIA). Cold dry air exacerbates this condition. If you are susceptible to exercise induced asthma you will need to take extra precautions. A proper warm-up is critical and your predisposition to EIA should be discussed with a physician