The team at Snow and Rock, the UK outdoor sportwear icon, with help from the graphics team at Confused.com, put together a visual tool to help skiers, snowboarders and other winter sports enthusiasts dress properly. While experienced skiers and snowboarders will find only a few new techniques here, for people new to the winter game this infographic is a wealth of wisdom.
Here at CMH Heli-Skiing, we’re entering our most diverse weather season: spring. That means we’ll often start the day under sunny skies with warm temperatures, and by afternoon a convective snowstorm will roll in and both the temperature and snow will fall dramatically.
Layering, as shown in this infographic is the key to being comfortable, especially in the springtime. While a heavy winter coat might work during a frigid January day of Heli-Skiing, in the springtime the coat will be not give you enough versatility for the diverse weather conditions. Instead, layer for success and comfort, and adjust the layers as needed throughout the day.
In addition to the suggestions in this infographic, remember that the soft shell jackets that are so popular for aerobic winter sports like ski touring and nordic skiing are not waterproof enough to keep you dry during a full day of Heli-Skiing in heavy spring snowfall. Savvy skiers will use a softshell for ski touring, but then break out the waterproof hard shell for deep powder Heli-Skiing.
Photo of spring ski conditions at CMH K2 by Topher Donahue.