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Dressing for Cross Country Skiing

How to Dress for Cross Country SkiingHow you choose to dress for a day’s outing cross country skiing can make the event enjoyable or not.   The key is to dress in layers of wicking material, so your sweat is wicked away from your body, and doesn’t sit next to your skin for the day.

You should have a minimum of three layers on: inner, middle and outer.

Your inner layer should be a wicking thermal layer- think long johns.  You should have an upper body and lower body set of underwear for this layer.

The middle layer should be your thermal layer- think fleece, long sleeved pullover etc.  This layer would be suffice if you are out on a warm winter day.

Your outer layer should be a jacket that is water and wind resistant.  If you are prone to falling, you might want to invest in a pair of snow pants with the same qualities.   You don’t want this layer to be too heavy, as it will cause you to be too hot once you get going.

Don’t forget to treat your feet with the same due care that you did the rest of your body.  You want to wear one pair of wicking thin socks and a thicker pair to keep your toes warm and comfortable.  Long, knee high ski socks are also helpful for winter skiing.

You might like to wear a toque on your head, the knitted variety is fine.  This will help keep the warmth in your body, and keep your ears warm!

For your hands, choose a pair of gloves that are thin enough to allow you full control of your poles, but warm enough to keep your hands at a comfortable temperature.  I find that if I am wearing mittens, my hands get too hot but if I am wearing gloves, they are too cool.

You might also like to wear gators as these will protect your lower legs from getting snow on them.  It also adds a another layer of slight warmth.

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