Winter finally arrived in the Rockies, and with it temperatures have plummeted there is some gear you need to stay warm this winter. From your extremities to your core, your chances of surviving the cold winter days and nights are much better if you’re are bundled up. So, as the long icy chill sets in over town, these are a few of the must have accessories to keep you warm and toasty.
Whether you are shredding the slopes or hiking the snowy trails, you need to keep your feet happy. With warm toes, just about anything is bearable in the snow. The silky-smooth socks from Le Bent are the answer to your frosty feet. The Le Sock Snow Light Aztec is a performance wool sock with a precision fit. It provides light cushioning under the foot and on the shin. The elastics and stitching provide targeted support in the instep, ankle and Achilles, not to mention the Memory Stretch, which molds to your foot every time you pull Le Sock on. Le Bent has keep you incredibly warm, dry, and stink free, what more could you need for cold adventures in the mountains.
If the winter goal is the stay toasty, then you can’t be losing heat through your head. Enter the beanie that will change your lifestyle, the Ladd from Sh*t That I Knit. Though the company is a one-woman operation in Boston, the hats are knit but women in Lima, Peru, giving them the opportunity to make a living while staying home with their children. The Ladd is 100% Peruvian merino wool and is cozy, comfortable and not itchy. It can be worn to ski or to sip cacao and everything in between. The beanie has a removable fur pom-pom (with faux or raccoon) to style up your look as you transition from shredding to après.
Chairlift rides and long skins can get chilly and there is nothing better to instantly warm you up than a hot drink. Using vacuum insulation technology, the Binz Bottle guarantees to keep your cocoa heated for 13 hours. Piping hot coffee in the morning means piping hot coffee in the afternoon. There is never any condensation or heat transfer so you don’t have to worry about popping it in your pack or your coat, easily accomplished with its sleek design. BPA-free, and toxin-free the Binz comes with a lifetime warranty. So it can keep going in the cold just as long as you do.
At the end of a long day in the snow, there is nothing better than bundling up by the fire. The Rumpl blanket uses the same technical materials found in sleeping bags and puffy jackets. Using sustainably sourced grey duck down for insulation there us literally nothing cozier. And the weather-resistant DWR-treated nylon shell makes it perfect to wrap up at the truck after a big peak and only weighs 1.4 pounds so it’s easy to pack up and take to the hut. No matter where your days take you the Rumpl provides optimal warmth whether indoors or outside.
I am a photographer and journalist and have traveled all over the world, only to end up in a little place called Aspen. I work hard and play hard in the outdoors. I am a long time snowboarder (park, all mountain, and back country) and a new addition to skiing. I also Stand Up Paddle board mostly in the rivers (class I-III) but also in the ocean when I can escape the mountains. I also hike, rock climb, wakeboard, surf and do yoga and generally explore my backyard in the Rockies.
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