PHOTOS: JP Van Swae
The warmest layers are essential when mercury levels drop, but simply donning thick garments won't cut it while you're hiking, lapping, and working up a sweat. Fabrics need to breathe so sweat evaporates instead of cooling, sending shivers up the spine. Dress wisely, strap in, and shred bell to bell on the coldest days.
HOLDEN FADER BIB ($299)
This bib is insulated, fully seam-sealed, and DWR-treated to keep the elements at bay and us riding all day. Multiple chest pockets, outer leg vents, an elastic waistband, and high-denier fabric make it a versatile piece that will perform on cold days so long as there's a base layer underneath.
UNDER ARMOUR BASE 4.0 CREW/LEGGING ($85/$85)
This crew and legging combine to create the warmest base-layer kit in Under Armour's arsenal. Four-way stretch makes the next-to-skin fit comfortable, not constricting, and the polyester/elastane blend wicks moisture and ventilates well so you can throw down in the bitter cold without sweating through.
AIRHOLE AIRHOOD RED BUFFALO ($45)
Airhole's hooded, fleece-lined facemask is thin enough to fit under a helmet, and the mouth vent lets air escape to prevent goggles from fogging. The wide viewport won't block views or hinder spins, the polyester outer fabric is water-repellant, the inner fabric is soft on the skin, and multiple pull-cords cinch down for the perfect fit.
686 PARKLAN MYTH ($300)
Infiloft insulation is thickest at the core (220g) but thick enough around the arms (180g) and in the hood (120g) to qualify as a midwinter coat. Rated "Really Freaking Warm" on 686's thermal scale, it'll keep you cozy on long lift rides to the summit without adding too much bulk to throw down in the park.
VON ZIPPER A.L.T. ($120)
WEND COLD WAX ($7.50)
CELTEK GORE-TEX GUIDE TRIGGER ($120)
PATAGONIA MIDWEIGHT SNOW SOCKS ($35)