|Originally posted by ISkiMeadows:
Buy some polypropolene undergarments. They run about $15 for tops/bottoms. They wick away moisture, and stay very warm for their small mass. Thats all that I have to say.
Yes, absolutely, ISM is right. Get rid of the cotton. It built the South, but few historians know that the North was wearing polypro
Seriously, make sure even the undermost garments are wickable. I like the EMS Bergelene, and have also found very nice long underwear from WSI out of Wisconsin. Patagonia and Helly-Hanson (sp) make under underwear that wicks really well. Clothing for skiing is an adventure. Don't be afraid to try different combinations until you are comfortable. The skiing region and the way you feel dictate what to wear. Some areas are warmer, some dryer, some people are intolerant of any cold. Others dress light.
Don't be surprised if you adjust even the outerwear you bought. As the classic adage says, layer. I've tried heavier outerwear, but it's best with layered, wicking garments. Read good weather reports, then dress accordingly. The adventure is finding out what you like. If you are not quite comfortable, then adjust.
Me: In absolutely freezing NE weather, an insulated one-piece with EMS middle-weight Bergelene. In single digits-teens: I use an insulated one-piece (hey gang, these are intelligently warmer) or PolarTec under a shell pants and jacket with lightweight u-trow. In twenties, a light one piece with middle-weight u-trow, or shell pants and jacket with middle-weight u-trow. Thirties, shell pants, shell jacket, light weight wicking underwear. As we get warmer temps, I move to a shell and light U/W, finally to a vest outer wear with light shell pants (April-May timeframe).
I have found that the EMS Bergelene, Patagonia or WSI have a wide, tolerant range due to the wicking. Again, do not wear cotton underneath either, opting for the Patagonia or HH underpants, which are a bit expensive, but you won't feel that cold, wet, damp rag on your body, and they'll last a long time.