Either was by hand or with the washing machine set for warm - never hot - on the delicate cycle. Immerse the garment and squeeze out all the air before washing.

Dry only at a mild temperature, intended for delicate fabrics, in a drier. Toss in a tennis shoe during the drying cycle. The tumbling shoe will help break up clots of down. Down garments hung out to dry may require a couple days to regain their loft.

While outer ski clothing fabrics are generally highly resistant to water, this resistance will wear off with time. It can be restored by spraying an older garment with a water-repellent spray, such as Scotch-Guard.

Occasionally, even in midwinter, regardless of where you ski, snowflakes fall as rain. Since skiing with an umbrella is awkward, and wearing a raincoat on the slopes is difficult, a handy way to keep dry can be found in any grocery store: a large plastic garbage bag. Cut a hole in the bottom big enough to slide your head through, cut out armholes on either side, and let ’er rain. When the rain stops, roll up the bag and stuff it into a jacket pocket.

Garments whose zippers or buttons are covered by flaps are more effective in keeping out the arctic blasts than those without the flaps.

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