It’s wintertime in our region and it’s still a great time to be active, but getting stuck out in the cold can cause serious health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.
Whether you’re skiing, ice fishing, or just taking a walk in the woods, a little preparation goes a long way.
- Check the forecast. If you’re headed to the mountain, expect colder temperatures, deeper snow, and more wind the higher you go.
- Dress in layers, but leave the cotton at home – it soaks up sweat like a sponge. For your base layers, choose wool or polyester, which wick moisture away from the skin.
- Add puffy layers like fleece, down or synthetic insulation, and a wind-resistant shell to seal out the elements.
- Always wear a hat, gloves or mittens, and a scarf or mask to protect your face.
- Be sure to tell someone where you’re going, and bring water and snacks in case you’re outside longer than you planned.
Be safe, stay warm and have fun!