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Staying warm on the ski slopes during arctic outbreaks

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While ski slopes look for snow in the forecast, ski shops know these cold snaps can lead to a boost in sales. Winter weather enthusiasts still want to get out despite the cold that has gripped the Northeast this week.

"When we saw the weather was going to be cold, we anticipated [more sales]," said Jen Audia of Competitive Edge Ski & Bike in East Longmeadow. "We've seen people come in looking specifically for fleece-weight insulators."

On frigid days like Wednesday and Thursday, the key to staying warm is dressing in the proper layers made from the correct material to best insulate yourself for extended periods on the mountain.

"It's good to start with base layers, either a fleece weight or silk weight, and then layering on top an insulated snow pant," said Audia. "Up top you'll want to add in a mid-weight, maybe even a down or synthetic insulator, and then a protective shell."

If heading to the ski slopes on a brutally cold day, Audia said the best thing to do is overpack. Not only is it better to overestimate how many layers you'll need, but when it's this cold sometimes a change out of those cold clothes be worthwhile as well.

"Pack extra stuff with you when you go to the mountain," said Audia. "Wear separate socks when you go to the mountain, throw on fresh socks, or come on in during the afternoon and change up any gear that might be cold or might create cold pockets in your gloves or in your boots."

When checking the forecast at your favorite ski resort, the daytime high temperature is not a true indicator of the conditions to expect. For that, you want to check the expected wind chills for the day, which can easily be twenty or more degrees colder than the forecasted high temperature.

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