I am new to skiing and to this great site. Went skiing in late Feb for the first time, then twice more in March. Mid- Atlantic region. Completely in love at this point, and sad that the Mid-Atlantic season is over for me. I am looking at setting up my clothing for next fall over the spring/summer. Will be skiing mid-Atlantic for the most part, but possibly a trip or two either to North East US resorts or possibly Canada next season. I am pretty set with jacket and pants. Even though I am planning to ski, I got a 686 Smarty Static jacket ( 3-1)
and 686 Smarty pants. I liked the look, price, features, fit of the pants and jacket so I got them even though I am planning to ski ( might try snowboarding - but primarily ski)
I also have some LL Bean long underwear that did a good job at Snowshoe in Feb, but my mid layer was a 50% cotton 50% poly turtle neck. Not the greatest when it warmed up.
My main question is who to categorize the zip out liner in the jacket. Should I consider it a mid layer? I am thinking either of getting a ski specific mid layer to use with LL Bean base layer, or getting a Hot Chillys La Montana base top. I also have a few quarter zip fleece tops from Kohl's that could work. My thinking with the Hot Chillys is I can use it as a base layer or under the LL Bean base layer, then use with the jacket and liner depending on temp. If additional layer is needed, throw a Kohl's fleece over the base layer- hot chillys.
Just looking for a few pieces that will give most flexibility depending on temps. I am middling when it comes to being hot or cold in general. Not a shorts in the middle of winter but also not someone who is always cold. I know youse may not be familiar with the weight of the items I have now, just looking for some advice. Mainly need to know what value to put on the liner of the jacket so I can build around it. At 50 degrees I had just the turtle neck, no base layer, and the jacket w/liner and was pretty warm.