With no significant reprieve from these frigid temperatures in the near future, it would be enlightening to hear from everyone with their cold-weather solutions. I’ve already performed a blanket comparison and need more information. What do you do/wear/take to prepare for skiing in these chilly temperatures?
I have a warmer jacket with a lining that I use. It’s the “Calgary Ski Club” jacket which you’ve recently seen photos of. It still breathes and I can stay warm enough in -20 by wearing a vest along with the usual thin undershirt.
I wear two layers on my lower body, and use toe-warmers. Over-booties don’t work well for me because my feet are too big and the extra width will grab the side of the ski tracks.
I seldom use them, but I make sure to have a warm pair of mitts in my pack and an extra toque(it’s very difficult trying to take photos with mitts on!). I always have a down-filled jacket in my pack for emergencies but I sometimes use it to get started or to end the day if I’m on a sustained downhill run.
A buff is also a necessity. It can be used as an “under-toque” and still cover your face, or as I usually do, just wear it around my neck.
If you have to dress in warmer clothes to get started, do so, but shed some layers as you get warmed up. When I get too hot I find it oppressive and uncomfortable, and it’s best to remove your warm clothes before they get wet.