How to Master Layers
The old adage “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes” is all too true in the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures can change dramatically one day to the next; it will feel like a warm, spring day one day and the next day can be so cold your eyelashes will grow icicles in a flash. Temperature fluctuations from morning to midday can be quite intense too – it may well be 10 degrees warmer at lunch than when you arrived at the slopes. The best way to be ready: layers and lots of them! So to help you pack the right gear, here is some practical advice on which layers to wear when.
5 to -5 ( 41F to 23F ) Warmer temperatures
Wear too much and you will find yourself uncomfortably warm so wear light layers and be prepared to strip down and ditch some in the day lodge if necessary.
Base layers: synthetic t-shirt, wool or synthetic long johns, ski socks
On top: thin weight (150-200g) long-sleeve shirt, water resistant hoody with synthetic fill (Arc’teryx Atom)
On the bottom: Gore-Tex shell pant
Accessories: tuque, lightweight buff, gloves
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