As much as I love heading up to Vermont for a cozy weekend with the family, I really prefer the warmer weather. I am a beach girl, not a snow bunny but I do enjoy the cold, snowy weather in small doses.
To help me deal with the cold, here are a few things I cannot live without on one of these snowy getaways...
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My number one essential to stay warm:
Hand Warmers and Foot Warmers!
Let me tell you, these things are a game changer for me. You just pop them in your gloves or mittens, stick one on the top of each sock and you are good for the whole day. I cannot ski without them. I have Raynaud's Syndrome where my fingers turn white when exposed to cold temperatures so I literally could not ski without them. I also use ski mittens instead of gloves. I think my fingers stay warmer if they are clustered together than they would if separated in gloves.
I have had these mittens for many, many years...
For my socks, I used to try the whole layering thing with a silk sock and then another ski sock on top. They would get all bunchy and practically cut off my circulation...no wonder my feet were cold! Anyway, one day at a ski shop I asked about socks and they hooked me up with these.
You don't have to worry about wearing a liner and they are comfortable and warm. Of course the foot warmer stuck on top of them helps too...Here is the link to these exact socks - Eurosocks.
My ski pants aren't pretty. They are just the standard bulky looking black ones....nothing special. Back in the 90's I used to wear those legging type of wool ski pants that everyone wore but they really didn't keep me that warm. I need to be more practical. Now if I fall trying to catch up with my 11 year old, I won't feel wet all day!
Along with the silk sock liners I used to wear, I used to line my ski pants with silk long underwear because someone told me that was the thing to do years ago. I don't know if they were that effective in keeping me warm but what does keep me warm are these $9.99 fleece lined leggings from Marshall's!
Speaking of leggings, I ordered these adorable leggings from White Plum a couple months ago.
Do they scream ski weekend to you or what?
Of course, no ski trip is complete without my little snow dog...
And because Rosie is such a "snow dog", she even got included in our family ski art! Check out this adorable Christmas present my sister in-law bought us...
This is the Personalized Family Ski Art from Uncommon Goods. She always gives us the most creative gifts but I think this one is my favorite so far! As you can see, it's our family on the ski lift including Rosie in the last chair. Isn't it darling? I noticed on their website that they also make personalized family art with other themes including bike, canoe, holiday...They are all so cute and make perfect gifts!
So that's my list of essentials for a ski weekend. I guess the ski art isn't "essential" but I had to share it with you because it's so special!Click HERE to read about one of our recent ski trips!
hot chocolate wine in front of one of these...
Oh yeah - we can't forget a fire!
What are your ski/cold weather essentials?
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