The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity.
This is the layer worn next to your skin, usually consisting of long underwear. Look for thermal underwear made of a synthetic – usually polyester – fiber that has "wicking" power.
This middle layer includes sweaters, sweatshirts, vests and pullovers. The purpose of this layer is to keep heat in and cold out, which is accomplished by trapping air between the fibers. Popular insulation materials include fleece and wool.
The exterior layer, generally a shell and pants, serves as your guard against the elements of winter. It should repel water from snow, sleet or rain and block the wind, while also letting perspiration evaporate. Don't wear jeans or street pants. Denim is not waterproof, so water will soak through and you'll end up cold, wet and miserable.
Up to 60% of your body's heat can escape from an uncovered head, so wearing a hat or headband is essential when it's cold.
A helmet is mandatory for children under 12 years old enrolled in a Snow School lesson. Station Mont Tremblant recommends wearing helmets for skiing and riding.
A fleece neck gaiter or face mask is a must on cold days.
Snow, or any other reflective surface, makes ultraviolet (UV) rays stronger, while increased altitude also magnifies the danger. Make sure your goggles fit snugly around your head or helmet and rest gently on the bridge of your nose.
Look for gloves and mittens that use waterproof, breathable fabrics. Mittens, in general, are warmer than gloves, but offer you less dexterity. Consider the type of activity you'll be doing. Don't buy gloves or mittens that are too tight. There should be a little air space at the tips of your fingers, which acts as additional insulation.
One pair of light-weight or medium-weight socks works best for skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing. Socks are made from a variety of materials, including polyester, silk, wool and nylon. Some socks have wicking properties similar to long underwear, meaning your feet will stay dry and comfortable. It is recommended to put a dry pair of socks when you put your ski or snowboard boots on.
Start off right! Nothing better than a lesson to learn the fundamentals of ski or snowboard. The Learn to Ski and Ride program includes a lesson, a lift ticket and the equipment rental for the day.
Prefer to rent rather than carry your stuff around? Our rental centres have everything you need: skis, boots, boards, poles, outerwear, etc.
Stop by a rental centre before heading to the summit! Our experts will provide you with the best equipment adjusted to your needs. Just drop it back when you're finished, to travel light and worry-free!
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