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IVGID Tip: How to keep warm on the slopes

Darren Springer, a manager at the Village Ski Loft, shows off the three sets of layering.
Courtesy illustration |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally ran in the Thursday, Dec. 5, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, as part of its weekly “Tip of the Week” series, which is a partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District to provide locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation in the Tahoe region.

Learning the benefits of layering your winter clothing can make the difference between a miserable experience and a great day on the hill.

The crew at Village Ski Loft in Incline Village are experts when it comes to outdoor gear and apparel and have provided some layering tips to help you keep warm on the slopes:

• The Base Layer is worn against your skin and helps regulate body temperature as well as wick perspiration away from you. The best base layers for Lake Tahoe are typically light weight and made of merino wool or synthetic materials, as they keep you warm and dry.

• After the base layer, comes the Insulating Layer which traps heat close to your body. This layer can be breathable to keep moisture moving away from your skin, but the idea here is to keep you warm. On mild days, a mid-weight fleece top should do the job. On cold or stormy days you may want something that insulates better. Goose or synthetic down layers are popular as they are light pieces that insulate well and aren’t too bulky. If you tend to overheat, a vest is a nice compromise.

• Lastly, the Outer Layer keeps elements like wind and snow out. In Tahoe, weather can change quickly, so it’s wise to have a few outer layers to choose from. For spring days, a lightly insulated, breathable soft-shell is a good choice. For storm days, you’ll want water and wind proof hard-shell gear that keeps Ma’ Nature out and heat in. Important features for storm gear include a jacket with hood and powder skirt to keep snow from finding its way in. Also, a pair of waterproof pants will keep you warm and dry when sitting on the chairlift.

The Village Ski Loft carries a wide variety of stylish and technical winter apparel at the main location (800 Tahoe Blvd.), Diamond Peak Ski Resort and the Hyatt Sport Shop.

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