Layering 101-Mastering the Art of Staying Warm in the Mountains

Layering 101-Mastering the Art of Staying Warm in the Mountains

Rippin'Chix is known for sharing a ton of information about skiing techniques and mindset at our women’s ski camps. However, there are other factors that help with improving your confidence and skills on skis.  One of them is being comfortable in your gear.  We're not just talking about your skis and boots, but your ski outfit too. 

If you can master the art of layering, you'll be prepared for changing weather conditions and able to enjoy every moment on the mountain. With that in mind, we've put together the ultimate layering guide, spotlighting top-notch brands that we work with because we know they work, they are comfortable and also look really good. 

The Right Base Layer

Mons Royale and its merino wool is our foundation of effective layering. We like to start closest to our skin with the Stratos Merino Shift Sports Bra, to keep everything warm and snug. Our next favourite piece pairs street style and functionality whether you're travelling through the airport or ripping laps. The Yotei Merino Long Sleeve crew neck or the Yotei High Neck if you run a bit cold is so comfortable you'll want to wear it even when you're not in the mountains. We like to pair this top with the Cascade Merino Flex  ¾ Legging to keep your boots clear of any bunching which can lead to shin splits or blisters.


Mons Royale Cascade Merino Base layers

Why merino you ask? Merino wool offers natural insulation, moisture-wicking properties, and odour resistance, making it the ideal choice to keep you warm and dry all day long. 

Speaking of feasible stink, you can keep the funk as low as possible and your feet warm with the Mons Unisex Atlas Merino Snow Sock, it has just the right amount of compression for skiing. The merino magic is legit, you'll believe us once you've tried it. 

Insulate with Mid-Layers.
The middle layer is your go-to for adding warmth without sacrificing mobility.  The
Strafe Sunny Side Pullover is stretchy and warm with smart pockets and low bulk.  For a really cold day add a fleece under it like the Strafe Tech Wrap Sweater (again cheers to zip pockets!) or the Arcadia Merino Fleece Jacket by Mons.  If you are prone to a cold backside check out the Alpha Insulator Pant by Strafe which is the same flexy material as the Sunnyside.  

Strafe Aero Insulator mid layer

Stay Dry With Outerwear 
We are based in the PNW where even in the winter it can be really wet! We live by the saying, “no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear.” Luckily Strafe’s three layer waterproof fabric found in the
Scarlett Shell Bib and the Lynx Jacket hit the mark.  Side note - with the side zip on the Scarlett Bib pant, no need to disrobe or take off your coat/pack to go to the washroom. Really! Also one of our favorite tricks for keeping just a bit warmer on the chair  or while skiing is pulling up hoods that actually fit over your helmet like Strafe hoods are designed to do.

Strafe outerwear, meadow jacket, scarlet bib pant, ben girardi photo,


Hard Goods
Layering isn't just about clothing. We trust the protection of our brains to Head's helmets. The Rev and the Rita helmets both have the boa adjustment on the back allowing for the best fit.  These offer safety, comfort, vents that open and close and a sleek design. Pair that with their Magnify goggles and you are guaranteed not to have that dreaded cold line of skin on your forehead that shows up when your helmet and goggle system aren't a compatible fit. If you are getting a gap on your nose try a universal fit or a low nose bridge fit google, Oakley, Anon and Smith all make high quality versions that are all helmet compatible too.


Head goggles, compact pro, ben girardi photo, context pro

The art of layering isn't static; it's a dynamic process. As weather conditions and physical output change, so should your layers. Don't be afraid to add or remove items as needed. The goal is to maintain a comfortable body temperature throughout the day.  Wicking layers (like merino) help with keeping the sweat away from your skin but best to take off a layer before getting too sweaty!

The Final Flourish - Accessories
Complete your winter armour with accessories like gloves,
neck gaiters, and beanies. These items offer additional insulation and protection, ensuring no part of your body is left vulnerable to the cold. Our cutten mitten system is an all-leather mitt, regularly snow sealed and using the Mons Magnum mitten as a liner. 

Mastering the art of layering is your passport to a comfortable and enjoyable day so you can focus on the skiing experience. It's not just about what you wear, but how you wear it that makes all the difference.

Join us at camp and capitalize on the great discounts offered to camp participants from the brands we work with. 

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