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Okay new to snow sports here so just want to make sure I'm not freezing when I go up to the mountains in a month. What do I wear under the pants (shell)? Do I need insulated snowboard pants? Or should I just get a good pair of long underwear and then a shell? Seems like my feet might be kinda cold with just long underwear and a outer shell? Or am I wrong? Do your feet not get too cold? I bought a really nice insulated burton jacket so I'm not worried about my torso as much as my legs. I just need to get some under armor type shirt to wear under my jacket. So as far as the legs go, how do I dress them?
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I seriously think the best thing you can wear is something like Under Armour. I have Under Armour Cold Gear 2.0 legs and I've never, ever felt cold. I prefer that much more to insulated pants, because insulated pants feel much bulkier.
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My first time on a real mountain, Keystone, I had some hand me down gear. So I wore thermals, sweatpants and an uninsulated pant/shell. I was still cold by the end of the day, it got real cold. Oh and I felt like Ralphie's little brother from A Christmas Story.

Depends on where you go really. I've got real gear now.
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the most i have done is thermal underwear and a shell pants i have been fine in 20F weather with that. there are not that many insulated pants so i would just go with some normal shell like pants and then wear long underwear underneath and you will be just fine.

My legs are the last thing to get cold usually. as for your feet, just normal snowboarding socks and you should be good. snowboard boots are very warm.

if you do get cold with long underwear, then throw on some sweat pants under those snowpants as well, but i highly doubt you will need this.


i'm not sure what you mean by "shell pants" but just get some normal snowboard pants and you will be fine. some companies for pants are airblaster, burton foursquare, 32, holden, ride, 686, volcom, thats just a few of them

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It depends on the conditions and how much time you are going to spend in the snow.

For a typical cloudy resort day where the temps at the bottom of the mountain are the mid-20's, you should be warm enough with a thermal base layer on your legs (like the Under armour 2.0) and a waterproof shell. If the wind picks up a lot of you spend a lot of time sitting around then you might start to get little chilly.

For high wind conditions or daily highs around 15F at the bottom of the mountain then you might want to use a mid layer because you will freeze on long chair lift rides. El cheapo warm up pants that breathe are what I usually use if I wear a mid layer on my legs.

I assume that you know to get socks that don't retain water.

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Okay new to snow sports here so just want to make sure I'm not freezing when I go up to the mountains in a month. What do I wear under the pants (shell)? Do I need insulated snowboard pants? Or should I just get a good pair of long underwear and then a shell? Seems like my feet might be kinda cold with just long underwear and a outer shell? Or am I wrong? Do your feet not get too cold? I bought a really nice insulated burton jacket so I'm not worried about my torso as much as my legs. I just need to get some under armor type shirt to wear under my jacket. So as far as the legs go, how do I dress them?
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Walmart.com: Rocky Mid-Weight Thermal Bottom, Black: Hunting

i bought these for when it gets below 20f. works good for me and its cheap
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Thanks for the replies. By shell pants I mean just regular snowboard pants with no insulation. Sorry for the confusion. I plan on snowboarding at keystone, a-basin, and breck. So I'll just get some thermal underwear and regular snowboard pants and if I still get cold with that I will throw on some sweats or something. Also yes I know not to wear regular cotton socks. I plan on buying snowboard specific socks.
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If it's really cold, thermal underwear. Otherwise I will just wear boxers - my legs are the last thing to get cold typically.

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My favorite is a classic 3 layer system thats been in use for mountaineers and skiers snowboarders, for years.

1-Base layer, something thin and snug fitting ideally touching your skin everywhere(so it can wick sweat\moisture away) not "hanging" off of you a good example would be something synthetic like "under armor" "hot chilly's" I personally really like the Burton "Dry ride" materiel feels great against your skin, dries instantly and they have several different weights depending on your temp requirements, coming from the midwest I like the expedition weight but it's cold as shit here(we ride in -5F air temp ALLOT) and you can find this stuff new on ebay cheap, I dual use it in wet conditions for backpacking instead of merino wool.

2-A good quality Fleece pant(polar fleece is best but unnecessary $$$), something with thickness appropriate to how cold it gets, I like the Patagonia brand but they are spendy cheaper solution exist that are probably nearly as good.

3-Layer water\wind proof "Shell" with NO insulation gortex\eVent preferable but unless you ride in uber wet conditions alot some cheap 10\15K pants will do ya just fine just re-water proof them every season.


The reason I like this solution is because layers 1 and 2 fit snug and allow me to move "within" my water\wind proof shell, shells with built in insulation are not as flexible(as far as warmth) and feel constrictive to me because all that insulation is moving around.
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when its REAL COLD (-20 which happens alot here) i wear some cabelas polar weight long underware under some wool pands and then my "shell layer".

But if its >0 i just wear the longys and the shell

if its warm (>20) i just rock some athletic shorts under my boarding pants and i never get cold
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