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Old 01-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The snow has been GREAT up in Tahoe recently, but it also means that it has been downright frigid

On a couple of chair rides, it actually started to become a problem, because I was shivering so badly on the chair ride that I could barely manage to ride off the lift.

What do you wear on cold days and do you have any tips to stay warm?

My complete cold weather list:
Insulated 10k pants
Insulated 10k jacket
Underwear
Wool snowboarding socks (my feet stay cozy)
Base layer top
Fleece sweater
Helmet (keeps my skull warm)
Scarf
Fleece bandana
Goggles

... all that and I'm *STILL* freezing on the chair. I think I'm going to look into gloves with those glove warmer pockets, and maybe even like base layer compression shorts (I just hate those, cuz they look like those biker shorts in the 90's).

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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1. Merino Wool Ninja Suit with hoodie up - 1 piece full suit
2. North Face Fleece Shirt
3. 800 count down sweater (not jacket)
4. Burton AK Gortex Jacket to keep out wind and breathe
5. Belaclava over merino wool ninja hoodie, then helmet.
6. Fleece pants
7. Burton Red Impact Shorts
8. Burton AK Gortex Pants to keep out wind and breathe
7. Burton snowboarding socks with merino
9. Dakine Titan Mittens

and if it is really, really cold, I will put a Burton Technical Shirt underneath my North Face Fleece.

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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coco, I haven't tried this (yet) but a non-snowboarding friend does this for another outdoor activity: put a hand warmer in your bra.

You probably have to wrap it in some sort of liner, since they can get pretty hot.

It makes sense; if your core is warm your body is warm.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow, surprised you're still cold with all that on.

On the topic of base layer bottoms, don't be afraid to look a little uncool, it doesn't matter. No one sees it under your outerwear anyway and even if they do who cares at the end of the day.

I lived in a house with Nev from SnowboardAddiction.com and we used to joke that he was the most uncool looking pro snowboarder ever when he stripped down to his base layers and walked around the house. He didn't care and neither should you.

As for what I wear on the slope, honestly it's almost the same as you:

1) Base layers
2) Thick fleece
3) Shell jacket + pants
4) Helmet + airhole bandana
5) Snowboard socks

That's pretty much it, although I'll wear a second fleece on the rare occasion when it gets really, really cold.

You might want to look at getting a thick puffy jacket/pants combo if you're still cold since it seems you're already layering properly.
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The real question is how cold are you on the way down? If you are sweating on the way down there is your problem also. While a 10k insulated jacket is nice you need a gore shell and an insulating layer try to stay away from down filled jackets as once they get wet they don’t hold heat. I have a arcteryx atom lt and I only use it for days in the singles or I just burn up.
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Socks - Snowboarding socks or whatever I can find that is washed.
Long Johns
Basketball shorts
T-Shirt + a long sleeve shirt
Snowboarding Pants & jacket (Burton AK2 gear usually, sometimes older stuff)
Face mask
Helmet - Red Trace
Goggles - Oakley A-frames
Burton or Dakine gloves (with fingers.. my hands rarely get cold)


Sometimes I'll wear a hoodie under my jacket and some more long johns or sweatpants if its ridiculously cold.
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coco, I haven't tried this (yet) but a non-snowboarding friend does this for another outdoor activity: put a hand warmer in your bra.

You probably have to wrap it in some sort of liner, since they can get pretty hot.

It makes sense; if your core is warm your body is warm.
If it gets really cold, I might actually try that. It might have other... added benefits too.

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The real question is how cold are you on the way down? If you are sweating on the way down there is your problem also. While a 10k insulated jacket is nice you need a gore shell and an insulating layer try to stay away from down filled jackets as once they get wet they don’t hold heat. I have a arcteryx atom lt and I only use it for days in the singles or I just burn up.
I think I'm pretty comfortable on the way down, except maybe my arms/hands. I don't sweat much while snowboarding so I guess that's not a problem.

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On a super cold day I will go with the following. Merino socks, light merino base, midweight base pant, azzpad ( aside from tailbone protection is is nice to have between you and the lift seat) and then whichever shell pant I decide on. On my upper half a compression top, then midweight base layer top, polyfill sewater ( same idea as the down sweater but a bit cheaper), then a shell with a polyfil vest either above or under it. I do have insulated pants and jackets but have never had it get cold enough to need them.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Ride the Gondola!!!

or I just cry on the chair lift.

I get way too hot on the way down. Ive been meaning to try the hand warmer inside my jacket but those things are expensive.

I wear 15k/10k stuff with thin wool base layers and I still get cold if it's below 20. brr.
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