The best way to dress in winter is to follow the three-layer clothing guideline. Indeed, layering allows you to add or remove layers, depending on the weather conditions and your level of activity.

  1. The Moisture-Wicking Layer
    This layer is worn close to the skin, usually long underwear. Look for thermal underwear made of synthetic fiber – typically polyester – which wicks moisture away from your body.
  2. The insulating layer
    This middle layer includes sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, and turtlenecks. This layer aims to retain heat and prevent cold from penetrating by trapping air between the fibers. Fleece and wool are among the popular insulating materials.
  3. The protective layer
    The outer layer, usually a coat and pants, protects you from winter elements. This layer should repel water from the snow and block the wind, while allowing sweat to evaporate. Wearing only jeans is not recommended, as these pants quickly absorb moisture after just one fall. Most winter coats and pants are somewhat waterproof and breathable as they are made from tightly woven materials with an added coating or laminated finish.
Although tuques are warm, they should not be worn while skiing or snowboarding. School boards require that helmet wearing be mandatory for their students. Helmets suitable for winter sports are warm on their own; however, you can wear a thin balaclava underneath the helmet. DO NOT WEAR a thick tuque under the helmet as it will interfere with the proper fit – which is essential for your safety. A neck gaiter is the best accessory to retain warmth and cover any exposed skin. Scarves are dangerous near ski lifts, and although they are tucked inside the coat, they can become loose over time.
Both are effective as long as they are well insulated for winter. Mittens are more suitable for people who are prone to cold hands. Wool is not an effective outer surface for gloves or mittens since it can stick to the metal elements of ski lifts when wet.
In skiing or snowboarding, warm feet are our best friends. It’s best to wear a pair of thin or medium-thick socks. Wearing two pairs of very thick socks might restrict circulation and lead to cold feet. Put an extra pair in your backpack – wet socks become cold and uncomfortable.
Although not essential, it’s wise to protect your eyes when skiing or snowboarding. Tinted glasses or ski goggles can protect you from harmful UV rays. Ski goggles will protect your eyes from the wind and snow – after all, it’s much more fun when you can see where you’re going.
Don’t let your child go out with outdated, dangerous, or borrowed equipment because the bindings might be improperly adjusted. If you bring your own equipment or decide to borrow some, remember that the bindings must be properly adjusted according to size, weight, boot size, age, and skill level. Schools enjoy excellent rates on equipment rental, and Vorlage’s certified technicians adjust each pair according to each individual’s requirements.
Wearing a ski and snowboard helmet is not only mandatory in most school boards, but it is also a matter of common sense. The helmet should be well-fitted and suitable for the sport – a hockey or bike helmet is not designed for skiing or snowboarding. Additional information is available at