On the coldest of days, wear a neck gaiter or face mask. If the wind blows, you can pull up the gaiter to cover your face. It will hold in the heat better than a suede face mask. If the weather turns warm, I gratefully pull off my polypro neck gaiter and stuff in inside my ski jacket. Ankle gaiters are helpful in keeping snow spray from splashing inside boot tops exposed by tight-fitting ski pants.

Since up to 50 percent of body heat is lost through the head alone, only a truly warm cap that can be pulled down to cover the ears and forehead is worthy to put on a skier’s head. The new man-made fabrics that resist wind and water but permit sweat to escape are the most comfortable. When it’s a brutal day, make certain that the front of the cap actually is tucked under the top of your goggles.

Only quality gloves, never the cheap look-like-they’re-expensive kind, truly protect your hands. After all, they’re in the cold all day. It helps if the outer fabric is water resistant, as is, for instance, Gore-Tex. Fingered gloves are not as warm as mittens. For more comfort, you always can slip on a pair of silk inner gloves with either gloves or mittens.

Frigid hands, feet, or both can be warmed almost instantly using the new, small packages of warming chemicals sold at every ski shop. The heat will last some four to six hours, though its level drops after the first three.

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