Light clouds skidded across the sky. It was a cold, cold day to sit in a swaying chairlift for the 10-minute ride to the summit. Some skiers hunkered down in the chairs, trying to shrink inside their clothing and keep from turning into frozen statues. Others, however, appeared quite at ease - if not completely comfortable - skiing on a day when the base lodge was crowded with skiers who, moaning about how brutal it was outside, watched from the comfort of tables by the windows or crowded onto stools at the bar.

Well, it was winter. And when the storm came along to deliver enough snow to keep the trails blanketed until spring, it was only an expected part of the ski scene, even as are those magnificent days when the sun is bright, the wind is calm, and skiers peel off extra clothing to keep from sweating.

Those who dislike cold may assume skiers enjoy it. We don’t. But there are a number of steps that can be taken to keep comfortable, if not always toasty warm, when the mercury plunges to indecent lows.

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