Is this your first time traveling to the snow? Or perhaps you just want to be refreshed again so you don't forget to bring your googles this upcoming winter! Then this list is for you.
After spending more than a decade in the snowy mountains of Japan, we know the importance in dressing appropriately to avoid getting cold up on the mountains as well as off the mountains!
THE ART OF LAYERING
Base-Layers TOP + BOTTOM
The key to stay warm up on the hill starts with the first layers. Having worked in retail stores that sell these I can straight off the bat recommend you to invest in a good set of top/bottom merino wool first layer set .
It has a natural loft that traps heat very efficiently between the fibers, making it warmer than a synthetic of the same weight. But avoids you to get sweaty easily as it regulates your body temperature well.
Mid-layers is the next step in the art of layering. You do not want to have anything that is going to be to tight or uncomfortable, this will restrict your ability to move freely.
Find a mid-layer with a nice and a comfy loose fit that's also fashionable enough to hit the apré's ski for some cocktails after you are done on the hills!
For the person that gets cold easily, we do recommend to invest in a insulator jacket as shown in the 3rd picture from the left. They're also great to use when walking around town!
ORIGAMI TIP: Don't forget that many mid-layers have vent zips on them these days, if you tend to get hot - unzip them!
There are two types of outerwear: One type is an insulated type that typically comes with less water resistance but is warmer. The other type is a shell type of jacket that is not insulated but has a higher water resistance/windprofness.
If you are a skier/snowboarder that spends more time in the apés skis than on the actual mountain, we dare say that a 10/10,000 mm jacket should be just fine for you.
On the other hand, if you are planning to spend a significant amount of time up on the hill and you do not want to get cold, we really do recommend you to invest in a good Gore-Tex jacket jacket as it does not let through air and is highly water resistant.
ORIGAMI TIP: If you happen to have a fur on your jacket, we recommended you to remove it before you go and snowboard as it
tends to get wet and freeze up.
Helmet: We highly recommend to either purchase a helmet or renting a helmet.
Japan is full of tight tree runs and trees don't move!