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Seniors top tips for staying warm

by Ski Utah Yeti January 16 2014 0 Comments

By Harriet Wallis, the geezer gal

Even when it's cold enough to freeze a polar bear, you can stay warm on the slopes.

Hot pockets. Paul skis every day with his hot pockets, but they aren't the kind you eat. A tailor sewed pockets onto his base layer, and he fills the pockets with hand warmers. His favorite pockets are on his butt. He calls those his "hot pocket buns!"

Base layer. And speaking of base layers, “It’s worth investing in your base layer because when you’re warm from the inside, you’ll enjoy your day outside more.” said Mandy Larsen McQuivey, the buyer for Lift House, a ski shop at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon.

"Men are warm creatures so they prefer light to medium weight base layers. But women prefer medium to heavy weight," she said. High tech blends of nylon, poly-something, wool and even threads of silver offer a broad comfort range. And silver threads are good heat conductors and help with odor control. Nobody sees your underwear, but it's a good investment in staying warm. 

Double down. My friend Lydia is a virtual thermometer. When the temperature plummets, she'll be puffed up like a winter sparrow because she's wearing a down vest under a down jacket. She calls it a "double down day." Down works.

Trim your piggies. Longish toenails can cause pressure and pain similar to cold toes. "Trim your nails --  or better yet, go get a pedicure," says always stylish Gail.

Change your socks. A New England ski instructor taught me this trick. Change your socks before you put on your boots. No matter what you think, your feet perspire. Damp socks make feet get cold sooner. Start with dry socks. If it's really cold, change socks at lunch time.

Thermos bottle boots. Boots are a lot like thermos bottles. Warm boots stay warm. Cold boots stay cold and are a set up for misery. Treat your boots like your best friends because they are. Carry them in the heated part of the car – never in the cold trunk. Better yet, put them under the passenger side heater on the way to the ski area even though it'll crowd your buddy's feet. "Warm feet are happy feet," says Craig, a perpetual skier.

Harriet Wallis has been a ski writer, editor and photographer forever. She learned to ski on a dare when she was in her mid 30s and has been blabbing about it ever since. Read more from Harriet on Ski& Snowboard News at http://www.skinewsutah.com/  

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