Editor’s note: It has been a few years since my family and I had a cold, winter like Christmas. This year we decided to go on a ski trip for the holiday. Here is the thing; I am not a big fan of skiing and it has been a while since I visited a place that could be consider a winter wonderland so when it comes what to wear, I am clueless! Thankfully, I have a good friend who knows what to wear to survive the cold and she was kind enough to share her knowledge with all of us. (In case you are having the same problem and don’t know what to pack)
Let’s talk snow!
I am originally from Houston, Texas (Go Astros), a city girl at heart…I moved to the mountains of Lake Tahoe 8 years ago and I traded in my stilettos and pencil skirts for Sorels and Down Jackets. I am writing this as I am getting ready for our first snow fall of the season, not a few inches but 1-2 FEET of snow.
The most important thing about winter clothing is LAYERS, you can be practical and still look cute. You definitely want to leave your furs at home because if it’s snowing you don’t want to feel the wet fur on your face. I will tell you a little about my daily outfits and then will go into snow gear in case you hit the slopes to go skiing, tubing, or if your adventurous snowmobiling. I am biased towards Patagonia and Sorel’s, both brands are a little more pricey but their items are made to last. And not to mention Patagonia has a great warranty, for example if your zipper is broken on your jacket you can send it back in and they’ll be able to fix it.
Tank top, sweatshirt, fleece leggings/thermals, skinny jeans, beanie, down jacket, and Sorel’s. If I choose to go without jeans I just double up on my leggings since I am always cold and well I pretty much live in leggings nowadays.
A few of my personal favorites…
- Joan of Artic Snow Boot – great for walking in deep snow or during snow storms
- Tofino Boot – has a grippier sole which is great during icy conditions.
- If I am wearing leggings I go with the Patagonia Down with it Parka
- If I am wearing jeans it’s usually my W’s Down Sweater Hoody or W’s Down Sweater Vest
The reason I go with these down jackets is because they are water repellant, lightweight but oh so warm. Patagonia has many options but so do other brands like North Face, Helly Hansen, obermeyer, and spyder…just to name a few.
When I hit the slopes to go skiing:
I wear the following…
One tip: please wear a helmet when doing snow sports, beanies look great but they don’t protect you. Remember that you can always rent helmets and skis when you arrive at your destination.
We can’t forget these custom tumblers to keep our beverages warm (or cold in warm weather) they come in 3 sizes
(Via Instagram: @handspunbyAC)
Phew! I think I’ve covered most of the items you’ll need to stay warm in the snow and most important to enjoy your time in the snow. I am still not fully used to it and wish I could live in Hawaii during the snow season where it’s clothing optional. Haha. Stay warm, cheers from Lake Tahoe.