The last post I made fearing the end of snow was premature! I posted that whiny blog entry and then headed to the Nordic Center for some end of the season skiing with sadness in my heart. As I started driving up the mountain I saw dark skies ahead and the little flakes, my friends, started to fall. Jackpot!
I skied in heavy snow the entire 2 hours I was out there. What a blast! I had the place to myself; the parking lot was empty. Apparently nobody likes to skate ski in powder in the middle of a snow storm. Am I the only one who finds this really fun??? I guess I don’t really care because it just leaves that much more snow all to me.
So, what kept me dry out there in the snow storm where I was balancing the sweat inside my clothing with the need to stay dry on the outside from all the snow? Showers Pass!
If you don’t know what Showers Pass is, take some time to educate yourself and click the link. Your body will appreciate you next time it’s stuck outside in wet weather. I’m wearing the women’s Double Century jacket in the photo. If you click on the image to view a larger one, you’ll notice the snow falling around me and turning into little water droplets that never soaked through the jacket. This thing is amazing! And to think I was saving it for bike season.
I’ve been trying to dial in the clothing for skate skiing when it’s snowing. I generally end up wearing something that is way too hot and I sweat profusely, which leads to a cold core. Today, with the temps 27 degrees F and full on snow, I had the combo perfect: Under Armour base layer, long-sleeved synthetic top, Mountain Hardwear windproof vest, and the Double Century as a shell. My clothing breathed and I stayed dry and warm the entire time. Perfect! The vest was a tad on the warm side, but I unzipped the pit zips on the Double Century and that allowed for enough ventilation.