Layering for a Green Christmas on the Slopes - Minus33® Merino Wool Clothing
Layering for a Green Christmas

Layering for a Green Christmas on the Slopes

Because I grew up in the snow belt of upstate NY, there’s something weird about not having a white Christmas. There’s something even more weird about riding up a chairlift, snowboard strapped on, with grass, dirt, and rocks beneath. With such a warm winter, any opportunity to ride on some freshly groomed snow is a good one.

Despite only half the trails being open at a mountain in eastern Pennsylvania four days after Christmas, conditions were good throughout the morning on machine snow and the weather was unreal. Upper 40s and sunny in late December? I’ll take it. It felt like spring riding, without the mud.

But how does one layer for a temperate day on the slopes?

Layering for a Green Christmas with the Chocorua Midweight Wool Crew
Chocorua Midweight Wool Crew & Day Hiker Socks

I opted to start warm when the lifts opened at 8am and take off layers as the day went on.

Base Layers

My base layer consisted of Magalloway Women’s Lightweight Wool Bottom  and a Chocorua Men’s Midweight Wool Crew.


I also wore Minus33 Day Hiker Socks, Merino Wool Glove Liners under my mittens, and a Midweight Wool Reversible Headband.


Over the base layer I wore my regular board pants and jacket.

As the day went on and the sun heated up, I lost the jacket, glove liners and headband, replacing the jacket with a midweight sweater. I was comfortable on the lift and felt a nice breeze as I rode down the mountain.

An awesome thing about Minus33 products is the versatility. With a selection of weights, Minus33 base layers are great for winter sports in any condition. It’s all about layering!   

Meet Emma

About the Author

minus 33 merino wool clothing, winter snowboarding, outdoors, merinoholic EmmaAny situation that pushes the limits of my comfort zone and has a positive impact on other people is what makes me the happiest.  From volunteering in rural Ecuador, to the local animal shelter, Minus33 gear keeps me comfortable and dry so I can focus on what’s important.


During my free time, you can find me on a mountain snowboarding, camping, kayaking, or hiking with my Siberian Husky, Kya. We love to be outdoors and moving.


Favorite Minus33 Product: “My favorite Minus33 product is the Low Rise Trail Sock.  They are soft, the perfect weight, they provide cushion, and keep my feet dry and cool.  They’re great for hiking, working out, and day to day wear.”

Meet Emma